𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐞𝐜𝐜𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
In Genesis 28:18-22 says,”
18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.
19 He called that place Bethel (House of God), though the city used to be called Luz.
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear.
21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God.
22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.
Now is Jacob, worshipping a stone since he put oil on it and said the stone that he set up on a pillar will be God’s house?
The Jews also have the “Even Ha’Shetiya” foundation stone.
Mishnah Vayechi 1:231 states, “The world was not created until God took a stone called Even Ha’Shetiya and threw it into the depths where it was fixed from above till below, and from it the world expanded. It is the center point of the world and on this spot stood the Holy of Holies.”
Mishnah Tractate Sotah 48b states, “A stone situated in the Holy of Holies that was called Shetiya and had been revealed by the early prophets (i.e., David and Samuel).
This stone is in the temple mount. Jews visit the western wall of the 2nd temple (Wailing Wall) to try to get close to this stone and they put written prayer notes into the wall.
Early Christian sources note the following about the Even Ha’Shetiya during the 4th century CE.
“Itinerarium Burdigalense” written between 333-334 CE.
“Perforated stone to which the Jews come every year and anoint it, beware themselves with groans, rend their garments, and so depart.
Reference: Bordeaux Pilgrim – text: 7a. Jerusalem (first part)”. Christusrex.org. Retrieved 13 October 2014
So, the Jews had similar tradition to Muslims today.
The last part of this is about the black stone removing sin. If God puts a property in an object that does not make it divine. We know the bones of Elijah had to power to bring the dead back to life, but no one said his bones were God.
Another point to this is the fact that the black stone was stolen in the year 930AD by the Qarmatians and kept for 23 years.
The leader of the Qarmatians Abu Tahir al-Jannabi set up the black stone in his own mosque Masjid al-Dirar for the purpose of changing the direction of the Qibla (direction of prayer).
Guess what happened, Muslims continued Hajj as normal, and the direction of prayer was still the same.
If Muslims really worshipped the black stone (Hajr Aswad) then why didn’t Muslims wage a campaign to retrieve it, or why didn’t Muslims start praying towards a new direction?
Mecca Existed before Christianity:
They say that the history of Arabia has no evidence for the existence of Makkah before the advent of Christianity.
In fact, there are references to the city and sanctuary of Makkah even in the Old Testament. But in the following lines I will not bask upon references from the Bible but instead share a secular historical evidence to refute the lie.
Diodorus Siculus, a first century B.C. Greek historian while discussing Arabia writes.
“The people that inhabit these parts are called Bizomenians and live upon wild beasts taken in hunting. Here is a sacred temple in high veneration among all the Arabians.” (The Historical Library of the Diodorus the Sicilian, Translated by G. Booth, Esq., J. Davis Military Chronicle Office, London 1814 vol.1 p.184)
This certainly is a reference to Makkah. Georgi Zaidan (d. 1914 C.E.), a Christian Arab from Beirut writes in his book Al- ‘Arab Qabl al-Islam (Arabs before Islam).
“There is no mention of Makkah or Ka’ba in the books of the Greeks of antiquity except what is found in the book of Diodorus Siculus of the first century before Christ in his discussion about the Nabateans. In that he refers to Makkah and he writes, ‘And beyond the land of the Nabateans is the region of Bizomenians. And there is a sacred temple in high veneration among all the Arabs.’”
And he does not just stop here, he even explains as to whom Diodorus refers to by using the word, “Bizomenians.” He writes (Arabic wording is given in the image above).
“As to the ‘Bizomenians’; sometimes by it are intended the Jurhamites or other Arabian tribes who were the custodians of Makkah.” (Al-‘Arab Qabl al-Islam, Al-Hilal publishers Cairo, second ed. vol.1 p.244)
So, we find a Christian testifying for and expounding a historical evidence for Makkah from pre-Christian times.
Similarly, another Arab Christian, Jesuit Louis Cheikho (d. 1927 C.E.) in his work titled, ‘al-Nasaraniyah wa adaabuha bayn ‘Arab al-Jahaliyyah’ (The Christianity and Its Literature amongst the Arabs of Pre-Islamic Times) also refers to the same quotation from Diodorus Siculus and takes it like Zaidan.
(See al-Nasaraniyah wa adaabuha bayn ‘Arab al-Jahaliyya, Darul Mashriq, Beirut second ed. 1989 p.14)
Hopefully, objective readers will find this piece useful. So, it’s a clear fact that Muslims do not worship the stone, but we are following our prophet peace be upon him who said that stone will be a witness on the day of Judgement.
Christian Hypocrisy and the Black Stone in Mecca
Let’s compare between the black stone in Islam and Bible stone -Joshua 24:26-27 it shall be a witness against us, it has heard all the words the Lord said, Isaiah 6:5-7 it KISSED someone and forgave his sins –
We Muslim kiss the black stone, but according to Bible stone itself kissed someone, Christians don’t talk about that, how can a stone kiss others?
-Christians should educate themselves and learn what idolatry is? None of the prophets of Bible practiced Christianity nor worshipped the false TRIUNE God, nor Jesus did that!!! –
Christians are false WORSHIPPERS and false FOLLOWERS of Jesus (John 4:22-24)
Allah knows Best.