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The Origin of Hajar al-Aswad (the Black Stone)

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 by in Featured, Question and Answer, Theology | 7 comments


Question: Where did Hajar al-Aswad come from?

Answer: Hajar al-Aswad is arguably the holiest stone that exists in the universe. It was placed on the Holy Ka’bah by Prophet Abraham (a) and is highly recommended for Muslims to touch. According to traditions, this stone has descended from heaven. The following traditions describe further characteristics of Hajar al-Aswad:

Imam Baqir (a): “There are three stones that have descended upon the earth from heaven: Maqam Ibrahim, the stone of the Israelites (the stone that Prophet Moses struck releasing water), and Hajar al-Aswad which was given to Abraham from Allah when it was white. It has then turned black due to the sins of people who have touched it.” (Bihar al-Anwar, v.12, p.84)

Imam Sadiq (a) said: “Allah ordained the Hajar al-Aswad, which was a jewel of heaven, for Adam (a) as a pledge…Allah has taken a pledge in this place as long as humans have been existent.” (Kafi, v.4, pp.184-5)

Imam Ali (a) said: “What are you saying bin Khattab…Allah will bring this stone [Hajar al-Aswad] to life on the Day of Judgment and it will have a tongue and two lips. It will testify for those who remained firm to their pledge. This stone is of the station of Allah’s right hand with which the creation pledges allegiance to him with.” (Wasa’il al-Shia, v.13, pp.320-321)

Imam Baqir (a): “Allah ordered Abraham (a) to build the Ka’bah and raise its walls…Then, Abraham (a) and Ishmael (a) would build one segment of the wall each day until it reached the place of Hajar al-Aswad. At this point a noise came from the mountain stating that it was holding something for them. Hajar al-Aswad reached Abraham and he put there…” (Kafi, v.4, p.205)

These traditions are not contradictory to each other. There are other traditions that state that Prophet Adam (a) treasured the stone when he was in paradise, before being sent to earth. The stone was then sent to him on earth as a reminder of the pledge that he took with Allah in paradise. Then, it is possible, that when the flood of Noah (a) struck, the stone was lost and lodged in a mountain. When Abraham (a) rebuilt the Ka’bah, Allah miraculously revealed the location of the stone to him so he could put it in its original place. And Allah knows best.

Answered by: Shaykh Hamid Waqar


  1. Is Hajar al-Aswad is a one complete stone.or moulded in to a single piece.
    If not were r remaining prices of Hajar Al aswad.

    • Yes, it is a complete stone, at least to my understanding it is.

    • The Hajar al-Aswad was originally a complete stone but due to various historical incidents now consists of eight pieces of varying sizes affixed to a large stone and encased in a silver frame. The silver frame was first made by Abdullah bin Zubair (may Allah be pleased with him) and replaced by later Khalifas as the need arose.
      Six (additional) pieces are claimed to be in Istanbul, Turkey. One is displayed in the mihrab of the Blue Mosque, one above the entrance of the tomb of Sulaiman the Magnificent and four in the Sokullu Sehit Mehmet Pasa Camii mosque (one over the mihrab, one below the lower pulpit, another is above the upper pulpit and the last is over the entrance door). The authenticity of these additional pieces has been questioned, although the Turks did rule over what is now Saudi Arabia for many years and hold many historical Islamic relics. And Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) knows best.

  2. Is there any reference in the Quran regarding origin of Hazar al aswad?

  3. Mashaallah this is great

  4. A very good information about the black stone came from Jannat, it was white when came from Jannat but now is black because of sins of son of Adam.

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