Why Muslims kiss the Blackstone?
One of top-ten questions about Islam and Muslims is about kissing the Black Stone and facing the Sacred Ka'ba during prayers. Some say that perhaps Muslims worship Ka'ba or the Black Stone?
What is it for?When Muslims go for pilgrimage to Makkah this acts as starting point for circumambulating the Sacred Ka'ba and has some symbolic significance.
Read the following Hadith, it makes the whole thing crystal clear.
عَنْ عَابِسِ بْنِ رَبِيعَةَ عَنْ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ
أَنَّهُ جَاءَ إِلَى الْحَجَرِ الْأَسْوَدِ فَقَبَّلَهُ فَقَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ حَجَرٌ لَا تَضُرُّ وَلَا تَنْفَعُ وَلَوْلَا أَنِّي رَأَيْتُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يُقَبِّلُكَ مَا قَبَّلْتُكَ
Is Kaba a direction? Ka’ba is the Qibla i.e. the direction Muslims face during their prayers. It is important to note that though Muslims face the Ka’ba during prayers, they do not worship the Ka’ba. Muslims worship and bow to none but Allah.
It is mentioned in Surah Baqarah: We have certainly seen the turning of your face, [O Muhammad], toward the heaven, and We will surely turn you to a qiblah with which you will be pleased. So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer]. Indeed, those who have been given the Scripture well know that it is the truth from their Lord. And Allah is not unaware of what they do. [Qur’an.Surah Baqrah 2:144]
At the time of the Prophet, people even stood on the Ka’ba and gave the ‘adhaan’ or the call to prayer. The cover of Ka’ba is changed by standing on it. One may ask those who allege that Muslims worship the Ka’ba; which idol worshipper stands on the idol he worships?
Muslim Blood more Sacred than the Sacred Ka`ba
Abd Allah ibn `Amr ibn al-`As (Allah be well pleased with him) that he said: “I saw the Messenger of Allah (saw) performing tawaf around the Sacred Ka`ba saying to it: ‘how pure and good you are! how pure and good your fragrance is! how great and exalted you are! and how great and exalted your sanctity is! But by Him in Whose hand is Muhammad’s soul, the sanctity of a believer’s blood and property in the sight of Allah is greater than your sanctity!’” Sunan Ibn Majah- Silsilah as Saheehah: hadith #3420and Targhib wa’ l-Tarhib3/276(2441)
No Muslims, even the layman of them has any such belief about the Black Stone or the Sacred Ka'ba.