Message No : 8Sr.No : 116/722
Question By : Ehetasamul Haque

1)Can you please let me know The exact history of "Hajre Aswat" the stone, why it was kept in there, not all the other stone made dolls which were there with "Hajre Aswat"?
2)Why there is a question of acceptance of "Al-Laat","Al-Manat",Al-Ujja", Can you let me know the proper history of this?


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful
Assalamo Alaikum
Dear in Islam,
The answer of your question is as follows:

1) There are so many stories narrated about the Sacred House, Baitullah and Hajr-e- Aswad, which are not mentioned in the Glorious Qur¡¯aan and authentic Ahadith. Here is the most famous story about them:

It is narrated that the Baitullah was sent down to the earth in the period of Adam (AS). It had two doors towards east and west. Hazrat Adam (AS) went for Hajj from Hindustan and the angels received him from the distance of forty fursakh (One fursakh is equal to 18 thousand feet). He compassed the House round and went in as well. Later on, it was lifted to the heavens at the time of Noah¡¯s Deluge. Once again, the House was sent down to the earth in the period of Abraham (AS). He visited it, raised its foundation and turned its two doors into one. After that Abu Qais came into move inside the black stone to come out. The stone was a white ruby amongst the rubies of Heaven. Hazrat Gabriel (AS) brought it to the earth and was disappeared from the Deluge of Noah to the period of Abraham (AS). Then Abraham (AS) put it on its place. After that it turned into black colour because of the touching of menstruating women. (Ruhum-Ma¡¯ani V: 1 P: 348)

It should be kept in mind that all these kind of stories are from Israeliaat (the Israeli traditions) and we are commanded to believe in them if they are not against our faith otherwise we have to keep quite without saying anything about them

As far as the authentic Ahadith are concerned, they say no more than the Hajr-e-Aswad was sent down to the earth. It was as white as milk at the time of sending it down to this world. But later on it turned into black colour because of the sin of people. (Mishkat 227)

After the victory of Makkah, the blessed Prophet (SAW) entered the Ka¡¯ba as a victorious. He touched and kissed Hajr-e-Aswad and purified the House form 360 idols. The idols kept on falling down on the ground as he went on pointing towards them by his bow and reciting the verse, ¡°Truth has (now) arrived, and falsehood perished: for falsehood is (by its nature) bound to perish.¡± (Bani Israyeel: 17 V: 81). And thus the Divine House was purified.

Hajr-e-Aswad was not amongst these 360 idols. Muslims touch and kiss it following the practice of the Prophet (SAW). They do not believe that it has ability to harm or benefit anyone until and unless Allah almighty wills. And this concept of Muslims comes into light by the saying of Hazrat Umar (RA), the Second Caliph of Islam. It is reported that Hazrat Umar (RA) came near the Hajr-e-Aswad, kissed it and said: ¡°No doubt, I know that your are a stone and can neither harm nor benefit anyone. Had I not seen Allah¡¯s Apostle (SAW) kissing you I wouldn¡¯t have kissed you.¡± (Bukhari V: 1 P: 217)

2) The question needs more clarification.

Allah know

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