Do Muslims Worship the Kaaba and the Black Stone?

The Black Stone is a stone from Paradise that was set into one corner of the Kaaba by Prophet Abraham (may the peace of Allah be upon him) which Muslims honor for that, following the example of Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who kissed it in his Farewell Hajj. Muslims neither attach divine power to the Back Stone nor worship it.

Muslims perform a ritual during Hajj or Umrah called Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah seven times). It is performed by circling the Kaaba seven times [in anti-clockwise direction i.e., keeping the Kaaba to one’s left]. Each round of Tawaf should start in front of the Black Stone and end at it. During Tawaf pilgrims kiss, or touch, or point by the palm of their hands towards the Black Stone as part of their pilgrimage. It does not hold any essential religious meaning beyond this act. It is symbolic like a country’s flag is symbolic; something to respect and take pride in. Kissing it is not an obligation but a demonstration of honor. In short, the worship among Muslims is directed solely towards Allah but not to any physical object.

There is a widespread misconception among non-Muslims that Muslims worship the Kaaba or the Black Stone, which is an entirely unfounded and unsupported claim that is based on a lack of understanding of Islamic religion and history.

Firstly, it is crucial to understand that Muslim worship is directed solely towards Allah, the one and only God worthy of worship. Muslims believe that Allah is the Sole Creator of the universe and that He is the only being worthy of worship. Thus, to suggest that Muslims worship any physical object, including the Kaaba or the Back Stone, is entirely erroneous.

In conclusion, it is erroneous to suggest that Muslims worship the Kaaba or the Black Stone. Muslim worship is directed solely towards Allah. These physical objects serve only as symbols of Muslim unity, devotion, and submission to Allah. Muslims engage in acts of homage towards these objects as a means of expressing their faith and connection to Islamic rituals, but they do not worship them as idols or deities. It is essential to understand the essentials of Islamic faith and practice to avoid misconceptions and misinterpretations.