The Meaning of the Black Stone – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

In this deep and insightful talk, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad explains why does one turn to the Kaaba, when “Allah is with you wherever you may be,” and “Wherever you turn, there is the Face of Allah,” as Allah tells us in the Qur’an.

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The Shaykh discusses the reality of the Closeness and Presence of Allah, and how it is we who are distant from Allah. We are but shadows, and our lives are but fleeting things. But the Most True is the Truth of every situation. The Self-Sustaining (al-Qayyum), who sustains all things.

Listen to this brilliant lesson, and reflect.

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad is Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, UK, which trains imams for British mosques. In 2010 he was voted Britain’s most influential Muslim thinker by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
He has translated a number of books from the Arabic, including several sections of Imam al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ Ulum al-Din.
His most recent book is Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions, in which he deals with a range of modern social and political controversies.
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, a Sunni Muslim, regularly leads Jum’a prayers at the Cambridge central mosque, and has spoken in major mosques in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, and the United States. Recordings of his talks are available on the Cambridge Khutbas website. His articles have appeared in The Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Catholic Herald, Islamica, Zaman, the Times Literary Supplement, and Prospect. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day
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Building Our Trust in Religious Leadership, by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Donald Trump and the Triumph of Islam, by Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad
Rethinking Islamic Education – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
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Consciousness Beyond Mindfulness – Shaykh Abdal Hakim M/urad
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The Orphan – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Cambridge Khutbahs Etc.
The Sunnah as Primordiality – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
The Four Friends and Islamic History – Abdal Hakim Murad – Cambridge Khutbahs Etc.
The Power of Zakat in the 21st Century, by Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad

Touching the Black Stone, and Cutting One’s Own Hair to Leave Ihram

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: (1) Can one touch or kiss the black stone and the cloth of the Ka’ba, knowing that it’s scented when in a state of ihram?

(2) Also can a woman cut her own hair herself to get out of ihram or does she have to wait until someone who is out ihram for them to cut the woman’s hair?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

(1) One may touch or kiss the Black Stone or cloth of Kaaba while in ihram, despite it being scented, as long as the scent does not transfer to the person. Otherwise it would be a problem.

(2) Yes, one may shave or cut one’s own hair to leave ihram once he/she is done with all of the rites of hajj. The hair does not have to be shaved or cut by another person. [Kasani, Bada’i al-Sana’i]

And Allah knows best.

Kissing the Black Stone & Inconveniencing Others

Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja

Question: I went on Umrah and managed to kiss the black stone. There was so much pushing and shoving that I think I fainted even though I dont remember exactly. Did I commit any sin by passing out infront of the Ka’ba?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are doing well inshaAllah.

There is no sin associated with fainting or passing out. You do not have to worry about it as there is nothing blameworthy in it, and it was beyond your control.

Please note that the recommendation in kissing the black stone holds only if one can perform it without harming or inconveniencing others. If one must push others in order to get to the black stone, then one should not kiss it or touch it, because it is obligatory to refrain from harming others. Rather, one would point to it by raising the hands so that the palms are facings the stone while saying the proper formulas of remembrance (takbir, tahlil, tahmid, and salat `ala al-nabi). Then one kisses the hands or wipes them on the face. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

And Allah knows best.



Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani