Good Deed: #77 Kiss the Hajre Aswad



  • It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said concerning the Stone: “By Allaah, Allaah will bring it forth on the Day of Resurrection, and it will have two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak, and it will testify in favour of those who touched it in sincerity.”al-Tirmidhi, 961; Ibn Maajah, 2944
  • It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Touching them both [the Black Stone and al-Rukn al-Yamani] is an expiation for sins.” al-Tirmidhi, 959. al-Haakim (1/664). Al-Dhahabi
  • Ibn ‘Umar said: “Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) faced the Black Stone, touched it, and then placed his lips on it and wept for a long time.” ‘Umar also wept for a long time. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘O ‘Umar, this is the place where one should shed tears.”’ (Reported by Al-Hakim, who considers it a sound hadith with a sound chain of authorities)
  • It is reported by Ibn ‘Abbas that ‘Umar bent down towards the Black Stone and said: “By Allah! I know that you are a mere stone, and if I had not seen my beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) kissing you and touching you I would have never done so.” The Quran says: “You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct).”‘ (Quran 332)
  • Nafi’ said, “I have seen Ibn ‘Umar touching the Black Stone with his hand, and then kissing his hand and saying: ‘Ever since I saw the Prophet (peace be upon him) doing this, I have never failed to do that.”’ (Reported by Bukhari and Muslim)
  • Sowayd bin Ghaflah said: “I have seen ‘Umar kissing the Black Stone and touching it.” He further said: “I know that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was especially very particular about it.” (Muslim)
  • Ibn ‘Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to come to Ka’bah, touch the Black Stone and then say: Bismillahi wallahu akbar (In the name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest.)” (Ahmad)
  • on the authority of Abu Tufail that he said: “I have seen the Prophet (peace be upon him) making tawaf around the Ka’bah and touching it with a stick and then kissing the stick.”(Muslim)
  • ‘Umar approached the Black Stone and kissed it. Then he said: “I know that you are a mere stone that can neither harm nor do any good. If I had not seen the Prophet (peace be upon him) kissing you, I would have never kissed you.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood)

Action Plan

  • Istilam (Kissing the Hajr-e-Aswad) -The act of kissing the Hajr-e-Aswad (Black Stone) is called Istlam. While kissing the Hajr-e-Aswad, ones hands should be on the wall of the Ka’ba in the same position as when one performs a Sajdah (prostration) during a prayer. If it is not possible to kiss the Hajr-e-Aswad, it is permissible just touch it with a hand and if that is not possible then just point to the Hajr-e-Aswad and blow a kiss to it.

To get to the Hajre aswad especially during hajj season can be a very intimidating and crowded

Here is a method that might help from

1. When you get around the Yemeni corner, stand in line.
2. Stick to the kaaba (you can keep your left hand holding onto the kaaba, and right hand on the side pointing downwards so that you do not inadvertently push anyone.
3. Make lots of dua while you wait
4. Read dua for protection as you get nearer – ayatal kursi
For full article with pictures- Pucker up how to kiss the Hajre Aswad

History of the Hajre Aswad

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