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Shabir Ally

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Muslims say they do not worship

How come when they
go to Mecca they kiss a black stone? Isn''t that like worshipping an


Muslims do not worshp the black stone. They regard the stone as a
created thing.

The most fundamental principle of Islam is
that nothing or no one is to be worshipped except Allah, the one true

Muslims who can afford the journey are required once in their
lifetime to visit the House of Worship in Makkah. This was the first house
built for the worship of the one true God. It was constructed by Abraham
and his son Ishmael, peace be upon them. The black stone was brought to
them from heaven by the angel Gabriel to function as a corner stone. It
was thus affixed in one corner.

Because Muslims kiss that stone, some observers hastily conclude
that Muslims worship it. A kiss, however, is not an act of worship unless
it is accompanied by an intention to worship. If you kiss your child, for
instance, that does not mean you worship your child.

Some may find it strange that Muslims should treat a stone with
respect. But this is not just any old stone. It is an item out of

The act of fixing a stone to mark a place of worship is as old as
history. In the Bible we are told that Jacob, on whom be peace, had fixed
a stone at a place where he saw a vision. He poured oil on it and called
it Bethel meaning ''house of God'' (see Genesis 28:18). He did this again
upon God''s instruction (see Genesis 35:1, 14, 15). No one should
understand from this that God instructed Jacob to worship the stone.

Author: Shabir

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