Universality in different religions gets prominence on the termsof their adulates. The staunchness of their cohorts can be measured when theyshow their profound love for the respective sacred spots.Islam, too, has a vivid culture of holy places which is stillalive in the hearts of Muslims.
Hajr-e-Aswad (The Black Stone) with itsgraceful epitomized value attracts a flood of Muslims every year on the specialoccasions of Hajj and Umrah.Hajr-e-Aswad is aptly balanced in the southeast boundary wall ofthe Kaabah. Several narrations elucidate its significant history. The esteemand respect of this holy stone remained same in all descriptions and narrationsat any rate. According to the citations (Hadiths) of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Beupon Him) It is to be sure that the stone shows a great relevance with Jannah(heaven).It is also narrated that this very stone was installed by HazratIbrahim (AS) and his son Hazrat Ismail (AS).As per narration, it is also saidthat this stone was the very last block to be fit in, in the process ofconstruction of Kaaba. While both father and son didn’t get the accomplishingstone, then Gabriel delivered it, due to which it is said to be a heavenlystone.
It is evident from an ensconced Hadith that this Holy stoneworks as a restorative for the sins of mankind. Its milky white color, at thetime of its initial appearance, now gets black due to an increase in errs ofAdam’s Children. Hajr e Aswad is an incarnation of reverence in the religiousdocuments of Muslims. Another Hadith justifies its mode of personification, tomeasure the faith of Muslims, on the very Day of Judgment. It is said that onthis day the person who have kissed it as an obligatory part during Hajj andUmrah, will be ranked on the best levels of faith.
When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)performed Hajj, He kissed the stone while doing Tawaf (an important ritual ofHajj). So the kissing is not only for the sake of fulfilling an important dutybut also to show the love for Sunnah (Accomplishments of Prophet). Besides that this holy Black stone is called to be the one ofthe gems of the Heaven, that is originally, extremely radiant, but Allah hasveiled that radiance just to maintain the natural order of the universe. Hajr eAswad also becomes the sufferer of some misconceptions due to the impression ofidolatry. But Muslims are of a steadfast belief that no stone can bring harm orbenefit to an individual without the Will of Allah.
Secondly, Muslims are ofthe thinking that they kiss (not lick) the stone in the remembrance of theirProphet’s deed.