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Rukn in Arabic refers to the strongest side of something or to strong support and power. Ar-Rukn Al-Yamaani is one of the corners of the Ka‘bah, which was called as such after the name of a man from Yemen called ’Ubay ibn Saalim, who built it. [1]


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Narrated Nafi`: Ibn `Umar. said, "I have never missed the touching of these two stones of Ka`ba (the Black Stone and the Yemenite Corner) both in the presence and the absence of crowds, since I saw the Prophet () touching them." I asked Nafi`: "Did Ibn `Umar use to walk between the two Corners?" Nafi` replied, "He used to walk in order that it might be easy for him to touch it (the Corner Stone)." Sahih al-Bukhari 1606


Ibn 'Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported: I have not abandoned touching of Yamani corners (and kissing of) the Stone since I saw Allah's messneger () touching them both In hardship and ease.  Sahih Muslim 1268


The Messenger of Allaah () circumambulated the Ka’bah (Tawaaf), he would touch the Black Stone and the Yemeni Corner in each circuit. Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 4751


Concerning the virtue of touching the Yemeni Corner, the Prophet () said: “Touching the Black Stone and the Yemeni Corner indeed erases sins.” Musnad Ahmad from Ibn ‘Umar; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 2194 [2] [3]


Scholars view

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to touch the Yemeni Corner, but he did not say Allaahu akbar. So based on this it is not Sunnah to say Allaahu akbar when touching it.  Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 7/283


Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:  (The pilgrim) touch the Yemeni Corner with his hand in each circuit (of Tawaaf), but he should not kiss it. If it is not possible to touch it, then he should not point to it with his hand. Manaasik al-Hajj wa’l-‘Umrah, p. 22 [4]


See also

Tawaf; Hajj; Umrah; Hajr E Aswad; Kaba; Masjid E Haram;




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