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ISTILAM or ISTILAAM


Istilaam in Arabic means to touch with the hand or the mouth. In the Sharee‘ah, Istilaam of the Black Stone means kissing it or touching it with the hand.The mere touching of Hajr-e-Aswad and Rukn-e-Yamani is also Istilam. [1]

 

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Hadith

Ibn 'Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported that Umar (Allah be pleased with him) kissed the Stone and said: I am kissing you, whereas I know that you are a stone, but I saw Allah's Messenger () kissing you (that Is why I kiss you). Sahih Muslim 1270

 

Narrated Zaid bin Aslam that his father said: "I saw `Umar bin Al-Khattab kissing the Black Stone and he then said, (to it) 'Had I not seen Allah's Apostle kissing you, (stone) I would not have kissed you.' " Sahih al-Bukhari 1610

 

Istilam during Tawaf

If possible during every circuit of Tawaf perform the Istilam of Kaaba (Kissing or Directing hand towards Kaaba) Sunan Abi Dawood – 1876 [2]

 

Pointing or making a Sign to Hajar E Aswad

The Prophetsaid to ‘Umar, May Allaah Be Pleased with him, "O ‘Umar! You are a strong man, so do not push to reach the Stone and hence, hurt those who are weak. If you find a space, kiss it and touch it; otherwise, face it and make Tahleel and Takbeer."If a pilgrim can face the Stone with something, like a stick in his hand, he should do so because the Prophet did so. Ibn ‘Abbaas, May Allaah Be Pleased with him, said, "The Prophet made Tawaaf during the Farewell Hajj on a camel and pointed to the Corner with a crook." Sahih Muslim 1275 [3]

 

References

[1] [3] http://www.islamweb.net/ehajj/index.php?page=article&id=147902

[2] http://www.sunnah.com/search/%28kissing%29-of-the-Stone

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