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.
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
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