Laura questioning Islam

In an email to the Islamic Centre, August 2012

“Assalam hualaikum and Ramadan Mubarak.

“I have alot of questions about Islam and al humdulilah, and this ramadan I have found many answers and even more questions where Allah guides me to the answers somehow.

I am a converted muslim and very spiritual as well. I think spirituality and religion should go hand in hand….where one should search for the truth and not just follow blindly, and I am sure as a learned Person in Islam you would agree and understand.

Islam is very ridiculed by most and misunderstood by both muslims and non-muslims, and it is up to the true Seekers of the truth to make sure that people are not falsely indoctrinated, and don’t just practice Islam for a reward, but practise it because in their Hearts they believe, and want to change and become better people! sa7

Now I have a very important question…

“Why do muslims believe that the Black Stone is something that should be kissed, when nowhere in the Quran is the Black Stone mentioned, and nowhere in any Book of Allah, be it in the Gospels or Torah, does it say that Adam was given a White stone By Allah and it turned black because of mans’ sin.

‘Umar came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said “No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah’s Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you.” 

021:66-67

“He (Abraham) said: What! do you then worship, besides God what brings you not any benefit at all, nor does it harm you? “Fie upon you, and upon the things that you worship besides God! Have ye no sense?”

An important question arises. Did Caliph Umar understand the spirit of Islam better than Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who himself was told to emulate the ways of Prophet Abraham (pbuh) (16:123)? Was Caliph Umar better aware of the general sentiments imparted by Prophet Abraham (pbuh) than Prophet Muhammad? (pbuh)

Or is this a more significant question, was this a practice that the Prophet never actually performed but was invented after his demise and then later given sanction and legitimacy by projecting a Hadith back as a saying of a companion?

So Kissing the Black Stone is “A Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad” (pbuh), which therfore falls under Islamic Secondary Sources.

Which could have been written by Him and also may not have been, as why would the Prophet of Allah say such a thing, and kiss a Black Stone that has nothing to do with Allah and his message.

The Black Stone was a stone worshipped by Pagans, so I don’t think the Prophet Muhammad ever kissed the stone??!!

Could you please clarify this point and what is your point of view. 

Thank you 

Salaam”

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