What is contained in the Muslim shrine, the Ka'aba?
#93049. Asked by BaronBatty. (Mar 02 08 6:28 AM)
It contains the Black Stone.|
A significant feature of the Kaaba is the Black Stone, also called al-Hajar-ul-Aswad, which is believed by some Muslims[attribution needed] to date back to the time of Adam and Eve.
It is about 30 cm (12 inches) in diameter, is located on the Eastern corner of the Kaaba, and is surrounded by a silver frame. When Muslims come to Mecca to perform the Hajj, one of the tasks which they try to accomplish is to kiss the Black Stone, as Muhammad once kissed it.
Because of the large crowds this is not always possible, and so as pilgrims walk around the Kaaba, they are to point to the Black Stone on each circuit.
Tradition has it that the Black Stone was white when it came to earth, subsequently turning black under the burden of peoples' sins.
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