Why Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, kissed the black stone during Tawaaf
Fatwa No: 91316

Question

Why do Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, kissed the black stone during Tawaaf?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

It is confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to kiss the Black Stone. 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him came to the Black Stone, kissed it and said: "I know for sure that you are a stone which can neither harm nor benefit, and had I not seen the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) kissing you, I would not have kissed you." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Ibn Hajar may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: "The statement of 'Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him proves that one should submit himself to Allaah in matters of religion and strictly abide by it even if its wisdom is not known. This is a great fundamental in following the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) in whatever he did even if one does not know the wisdom of such an act of worship."

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) kissed the Black Stone by an order from Allaah. Indeed all the acts of worship that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) did, and his narrations are from revelation by Allaah, as Allaah Says about him  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) (what means): {Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only a Revelation revealed.}[Quran 53:3-4]

Therefore, a Muslim should submit himself to the commandments of Allaah and to the orders of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) even if he does not know the wisdom thereof. 

Allaah Knows best.

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