What is Hajr-e-Aswad?
Hajr-e-Aswad is a black stone that is engraved in the southeast wall of the Kabaah. There are different narrations that give a different account of the background of the stone and its placement in the wall of Kabaah.
Regardless of the different narratives, the importance and respect of the stone remain the same and it enjoys the same level of sanctity and sacredness in all the narratives.
Do you know that Hajr-e-Aswad was installed in Kabaah by Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.)?
Out of the different narratives, the most significant and the most authentic one is the narrative of Hajr-e-Aswad being a stone from Jannah that was installed in Kabaah by Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) and his son Hazrat Ismail (A.S.).
According to the narration, when Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) and his son started construction of Kabaah on the order of Almighty Allah as a place of worship and sanctity, there was a stone short in the building of the walls. Read more: History of Six Doors of KA’ABA Over 5,000 Years
Thus, upon this Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) ordered his son to go and look for a stone that could fit in the gap in order to complete the construction of the holy place.
Hazrat Ismail (A.S.) went in search of the stone, but after a while when he could not find any suitable rock and came back to his father and saw that a rock was already placed in the empty space, upon which he asked his father about the stone, regarding which Hazrat Ibrahim replied that it was delivered to him by Gabriel. Thus this narrative proves that Hajr-e-Aswad is a heavenly stone.
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) Hadith regarding Hajr-e-Aswad
Pertaining to its heavenly origin and its true color, Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) said in one of His hadiths:
“The Black stone descended from paradise, and it was more white than milk, then it was blacked by this sins of the children of Adam.” (Tirmidhi)
This hadith proves that Hajr-e-Aswad is a stone that came from paradise, and it was originally in pure white state, which then started, turning black with the progression in the increasing sins of humankind. Read more: It takes only 45 minutes to clean Holy Mosque (Haram) of Makkah
Eastern corner of Kabaah is always safeguarded by a guard
A guard standing near the Black Stone (Hajr Al-Aswad) holding onto a rope is a common sight in the Grand Mosque. The Black Stone (Hajr Al-Aswad) set into the eastern corner of the Kaabah is never left unattended. Read more: 5 Attempts to Steal the Body of Prophet (P.B.U.H) from Madinah
Do you know there are 24 guards who safeguarded Hajr-e-Aswad every day?
There are 24 guards assigned to protect the Black Stone. So for 24 hours a day, there are 24 different guards day and night.
Each guard stays put near the Black Stone for one hour fully focused on everything going on around him. He also alerts other guards whenever he finds a pilgrim or a visitor fainting because of suffocation or heat.
“The guard of the Black Stone is assigned various tasks. He is assigned to maintain the safety of visitors and teach them the right way of kissing the Black Stone.
He is also responsible for organizing the queue of pilgrims who want to kiss the stone,” said the Grand Mosque Police spokesman Major Sameh Al-Sulami.
Source: Saudi Gazette