Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) and the Hajr-e-Aswad

عن عابس بن ربيعة قال رأيت عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه يقبل الحجر يعني الأسود ويقول إني لأعلم أنك حجر لا تنفع ولا تضر ولولا أني رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقبلك ما قبلتك. رواه البخاري ومسلم وأبو داود والترمذي والنسائي (الترغيب والترهيب 1/99)

Hadhrat Aabis bin Rabee’ah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports: “I saw Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) kiss the Hajr Aswad saying, ‘certainly I know that you are a stone which can neither benefit nor harm. Had I not seen Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) kiss you, then I would have not kissed you.’” (i.e. I only kiss you in compliance with the mubaarak sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) mentioned this to remove the doubts in the hearts of people who could misconstrue this action as a resemblance of idol worship.)

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