The Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone) rates as Islam's holiest icon in its holiest of temples, the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. It resides upon a 43-feet high (13-m) plinth built into a stone structure called the Kaaba.

The Kaaba (Ka'baa) , located in Mecca is the most sacred site in Islam. When Muslims do their five daily prayers anywhere in the world, they point themselves towards the Kaaba. The Kaaba is 35 feet by 40 feet by 50 feet tall.

The cube is covered in black cloth and has verses of the Quran in gold written on it. It contains a black rock and the artifacts of some 360 pagan religions that predate Islam. The black rock is about 11 inches by 15 inches and has never been examined by any heathen scientists who would identify it as a meteorite. The Sacred Mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram was built around it.

The black rock Muslims believe the black rock comes from the Heavens. It can be said that the Kaaba contains the Holiest of the Holies for Islam.

According to the Quran, Adam built the Kaaba and when Mohammed was eight, he lived with his uncle who was the impoverished caretaker of the Kaaba.

During the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, called the Hajj pilgrims walk around the Kaaba seven times.


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