THE BLACK BOX IN THE DESERT

THE BLACK BOX IN THE DESERT 1 of 2

If Islam is truly against idol worship as it is emphasised in its sacred scriptures, why do Muslims still worship the black box & the black stone in the desert daily & annually? This is a common question from Non-Muslims.

One of the iconic images of Islam is the image of millions of Muslims prostrating as one before the Ka’bah; a cuboid structure, draped in black cloth, found in the centre of the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Many non-Muslims mistakenly assume that the Ka’bah is a kind of idol or an intermediary through which God’s help is sought. This misconception is cleared by the action of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab, when he approached the Black Stone, mounted in the eastern corner of the Ka’bah, saying:

“No doubt, I know that you are only a stone and can neither benefit nor harm anyone. If I had not seen Allah’s Messenger kissing you I would not have kissed you.” Al-Bukhari

God commanded & decreed that Muslims should pray facing one direction (Qiblah). When Muslims hear of a command from Allah & His prophet, we accept it and submit to it, even if the wisdom behind it is not clear to us, as Allah says: “It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter, that they should have any option in their decision…” [Q33:36]. It is a test for the true believer.  “… And We made the Qiblah which you used to face, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels. Indeed, it was great (heavy) except for those whom Allaah guided…” [Q2:143]. Why was the Qiblah changed from Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) to the Ka’bah (Makkah)? Tap link for details   https://islamqa.info/en/1953

Muslims worship and bow to none but Allah, they do not worship the Ka’bah or the black stone. It is a focal point & a direction. Muslims are one brotherhood united in the worship of one God, in one language, one ritual & in one direction. The qibla is not only about degrees of latitude or longitude it is about unity. The Muslims were the first people to draw the map of the world. They drew the map with the south facing upwards and north downwards. The Kaaba was at the centre. Later, western cartographers drew the map upside down with the north facing upwards and south downwards. Yet, Alhamdullilah the Kaaba is still at the centre of the world map.
Muslims prayer facing the direction of the Ka’bah has nothing to do with the structure of the Ka’bah, rather it has to do with its location. If it were to be destroyed, we would still pray in that direction, not to that structure.

Hence, we find that nowadays Muslims pray on the second storey and on the roof of the Grand Mosque in the Sanctuary of Makkah, facing the direction of the Ka’bah even though it is not directly in front of them. This is what millions of Muslims do throughout the world, praying in the direction of the Ka’bah even though they cannot see it. This demonstrates the great difference between the laws of Islam and the actions of the mushrikeen (polytheists) whose worship of their idols, stones and trees ceases when these objects cease to exist. Sheikh Salih Al-Maghamsi, Destruction of Kaaba at the End of time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJguHAEaKEs

 

At the time of the Prophet, people stood on the Kaaba and gave the ‘adhaan’ or the call to prayer. One may ask those who allege that Muslims worship the Kaaba; which idol worshipper stands on the idol he worships?

Is the Qiblah of the Muslims when they pray always towards the East? NO.  https://islamqa.info/en/115825

Proofs of Ibrahim’s building of the Ka‘bah in the Bible

https://islamqa.info/en/204341

Must watch: The origin of the black stone & the ka’bah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccwKWxgxV0Y

THE MIRACULOUS KAABA – Why Pray Towards the Kaaba?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkYksIdA3FQ

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THE BLACK BOX IN THE DESERT 2 of 2

“Verily, the first House (of worship) appointed for mankind was that at Bakkah (Makkah), full of blessing, and a guidance for Al-Alameen (the mankind and jinns)” (Q3:96).

Abu Dharr: I said, “O Messenger of Allaah, which mosque was built first on earth?” He said, “Al-Masjid al-Haraam.” I said, “Then which?” He said, “Al-Masjid al-Aqsa.” I asked, “How much time was between them?” He said, “Forty years. So, wherever you are when the time for prayer comes, then pray.” Bukhaari.

It is called house of Allah not because Allah resides in it but because It was the first building on earth dedicated to the worship of the One True God alone. Muslims believe that the Kaaba is the holiest place on earth.

The scholars differed as to who built the Ka’bah. It was said that it was the angels, or Adam (peace be upon him), or Ibraaheem (peace be upon him) – the latter is the correct view because  Allaah says :

“And (remember) when Ibraaheem (Abraham) and (his son) Ismaa’eel (Ishmael) were raising the foundations of the House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah), (saying), ‘Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily, You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower’” [Q2:127]

It is also the place where they perform the rituals of Hajj and ‘Umrah, by circumambulating it, in obedience to the command of Allaah :

“and circumambulate the Ancient House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah)”[Q 22:29]

When the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) first came to Madeenah, he used to pray facing towards al-Bayt al-Maqdis (Jerusalem), with the Ka’bah behind him and Syria in front of him. But after that he hoped  that Allaah would change that, so he started lifting his face towards the heavens, looking for Jibreel to come down with the Revelation telling him to turn towards the Ka’bah, as Allaah says

“Verily, We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s) face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Al-Masjid Al-Haraam (at Makkah)”[Q2:144]. So, Allah commanded him to turn towards al-Masjid al-Haraam.

The obligation of facing the Qiblah is waived for – 1 – a person who is unable to do that, e.g. one who is sick [Q64:16],[Q 2:286]. 2 – a person in a state of intense fear [Q 2:239]. 3 – When offering naafil (supererogatory) prayers when travelling, whether by plane, car or atop a camel. Facing the qiblah is one of the conditions of prayer without which the prayer is not valid, except in the  above cases or a person who makes a mistake after doing his best to find out. Food for thought, If the black box & the black stones are actual objects of worship or intermediaries then there would have been no waivers whatsoever.

The Ka’bah also houses the Black Stone on its eastern corner. This is an important Islamic relic which Muslims kiss, touch or point at during their walking around the Ka’bah. Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), the cousin of the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam), said about it: It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “When the Black Stone came down from Paradise, it was whiter than milk, but the sins of the sons of Adam made it black.”(sahih). Al-Muhibb al-Tabari said: The fact that it is black is a lesson for those who have insight. If sins can have this effect on an inanimate rock, then the effect they have on the heart is greater. See Fath al-Baari, 3/463. It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said concerning the Stone: “By Allaah, Allaah will bring it forth on the Day of Resurrection, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity.”. Ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) say: “Touching them both [the Black Stone and al-Rukn al-Yamani] is an expiation for sins.”. It is not an object of worship.

In summary, every single act of worship in Islam must be directed to God alone, without any  intermediary. The greatest sin in Islam is to direct even the tiniest part of worship to other than God. whether a living being, or an inanimate object.

Is the Qiblah of the Muslims when they pray always towards the East? NO.  https://islamqa.info/en/115825

Proofs of Ibrahim’s building of the Ka‘bah in the Bible

https://islamqa.info/en/204341

Must watch: The origin of the black stone & the ka’bah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccwKWxgxV0Y

THE MIRACULOUS KAABA – Why Pray Towards the Kaaba?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkYksIdA3FQ

Sheikh Salih Al-Maghamsi, Destruction of Kaaba at the End of time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJguHAEaKEs

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