For the first time ever, Saudi officials caught crystal clear close-up pictures of their Hajr al-Aswad (Black Stone) of the Ka’aba at Makkah.
The fearful rock is located at the northwestern corner of the Ka’aba in the exterior.The rock is used as a beginning and end point by Muslims into circumambulate throughout the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.
The rock could be seen put at a silver encasement, but it contains eight little stones which can be molded together utilizing Arabic frankincense.
The tiniest stone is not any larger than 1CM, although the largest doesn’t transcend 2CM.
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The encasement, created from pure silver, only functions as a defense mechanism for its holy rock.
Theologically, by the ḥadith we know that Jibrīl attracted this rock to Ibrahīm out of Jannah, which it had been initially white. When the early tribe of Jurham was expelled out of Makkah (prior to the time of Jesus, a few millennia earlier Islam), they shot the Ḥajr and concealed ithowever Allah willed a woman in the tribe of Khuzā’ah watched that from afar and informed her tribe at which it had been concealed. It’s likely that it was initially broken in this time – resources are obscure. This was the episode where he (SAW) was picked to lift this up along with his blessed hands and put it back into its corner. Some sources appear to imply that it was cracked in this time period. Ibn al-Zubayr was the first to dictate that the broken stones of this Ḥajr be put in a situation of silver ore to safeguard itas it had been damaged in this attack (again, resources are uncertain but it’s highly probable the Ḥajr was busted again following Jurham’s episode; it’s also possible it had been busted for the first time). At the next strike in 73 AH some partitions of the Ka’bah were ruined but the Ḥajr was also stoned. Over a century afterwards, the Caliph Ḥarun al-Rashīd watched the pathetic state of this Hajr’s silver case, and purchased a new one constructed in approximately 170 AH. This was a very fancy circumstance, encrusted with silver and diamonds and other stones.The worst episode to occur to the Ḥajr was through the notorious raid of this Qarāmites, a break-away sect of the Isma’īlis, who assaulted the Ka’bah at 317 AH (that is among the strangest incidents in Islamic history – the well of Zamzam was filled with all the dead bodies of their pilgrims and also Ḥajj was ceased for a couple of years). The chief of these, a particular Abu Ṭāhir al-Jannābī, increased the Ka’ba, cried out blasphemies, and broke the Ḥajr having an axe. This team chased the Ḥajr and installed in a bogus replica of the Ka’bah they constructed in their state of al-Aḥṣā, in which the Ḥajr stayed for 22 years! Finally, following a hefty ransom and the intervention of this Faṭimid empire, the Ḥajr has been returnedcracked and broken, to Makkah. (Yes, for 22 decades there wasn’t any Black Stone at the Ka’bah!) During this period, the Ḥajr was shattered into pieces and what was returned was different pebbles of the first, in a sack. It’s now the contemporary arrangement recognizable to us was born. A large ingot of silver and other valuable metals was created, and about 15 remaining portions of this Ḥajr, none of that was bigger than two centimeters (0.7 inches), put in the alloy ingot. A few of those pieces – possibly approximately 8 – easy melded in and couldn’t be viewed anymore. Just around 7 of those bigger pieces of the original stay, as seen at a hand-drawn diagram followed straight along with the Ḥajr (under ) from the year 1957 CE.But over the course of the past couple of decades, and to be able to safeguard the Ḥajr, a very expensive mix of frankincense, ambergris and other substances is pumped as an outer coating over the rock, so the persistent rubbing and smelling of this Ḥajr does not wear out it so it is protected with a coating. Therefore, if you’re to stand facing this Ḥajr and had the time to test it (theoretically!) , you wouldn’t really have the ability to see that the first stones of this Ḥajr;
just the contours are discernible.
Throughout the period of King Abd al-Azīz at the 1950s, he ordered that a little sample be obtained for a chemical evaluation; following the investigation, he placed it into the ingot it now stands in. Though the silver ingot is upgraded and cleansed and cared for, the ingot itself hasn’t been broken apart to expose the first pieces of this Ḥajr for many, many centuries.
And now you understand! For a fascinating video of their routine maintenance of this Ḥajr, visit the link under.