Why is a meteor worshipped at Mecca? What's it's significance?

Discussion in 'Religion Archives' started by Medicine*Woman, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Medicine*Woman

    Medicine*Woman Jesus: Mythstory--Not History!

    M*W: Just read a post from another thread about a meteor being worshipped at Mecca. What's this about? What's the history of the meteor? Why is it significant to Muslims? I'd like to know more about it.

    Thanks for all your replies.

    ~ M*W
  2. The Evelyonian

    The Evelyonian Registered Senior Member

    From the Wikipedia article on the Black Stone.

    According to Islamic tradition, the Stone fell from Heaven to show Adam and Eve where to build an altar and offer a sacrifice to God. The Altar became the first temple on Earth. Muslims believe that the stone was originally pure and dazzling white, but has since turned black because of the sins it has absorbed over the years. Islamic tradition holds that Adam's altar and the stone were lost in the process of Noah's Flood and forgotten. It was Abraham who found the Black Stone at the original site of Adam's altar when the Archangel Gabriel revealed it to him. Abraham ordered his son--and the ancestor of Prophet Muhammad--Ishmael to build a new temple in which to imbed the Stone. This new temple is the Kaaba in Mecca.

  3. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

    Now that makes allot of sense, start a religion and base it on a meteorite! Strange the Inuits didn't think of that near the North Pole.
  4. Michael

    Michael 歌舞伎

    Meteorites were worshiped by cultures all over the world as gifts from the Gods. Everyone from Tibetans to Inuits!

    The meteorite in Mecca is pre Islamic-myth traditions.
  5. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

  6. PsychoticEpisode

    PsychoticEpisode It is very dry in here today

    LOL!!!! Like crows.
  7. firdroirich

    firdroirich A friend of The Friends

    I posted at the end of this page. The inscribed shape from the square on those numbers is like a 'G', the symbol of 'the builders' but also used in some sufi traditions. A member knowing the symbol would know to place the symbol on the magic square, deciphering it's meaning.

    The significance of a cornerstone in society (wikipedia). The 'charcoal' also inspired the naming of another secret society, the Carbonari
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  8. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

    Actually it is very dull as are all meterorites.

    The most wellknown - and probably most talked about- example of meteorite worship in newer time is in the Islamic tradition. In spite of the banning of any making a picture of God and the ban of worship and adoration of any objects, in the central sanctuary of all Muslimes, the Kaaba in Mecca,there is a black stone, which each Mecca-pilgrim kisses after his tour around the sanctuary. This stone, by the Muslims called "Hadschar al Aswad" (black stone) or according to the Prophet "Yamin Allah" (the right hand of God), is supposedly a Bethel-stone from the times of Abraham and is taken by numerous modern scientists for a meteorite. Many muslim scholars however deny this in order to put out of question each suspicion of a possible idol worship in Islam. Unfortunately by this religious reservedness until today it is not clarified unambiguously whether the Hadschar is now of cosmic origin or not.

    http://www.haberer-meteorite.de/english/Culture and religion.htm

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  9. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    That's because the Muslims do not polish it hard enough...
  10. S.A.M.

    S.A.M. uniquely dreadful

    Its not worshipped. Its just historical and may not even be the original its claimed to be.
  11. GeoffP

    GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum

    One thing I can say for MW is that she despises all religions equally. I don't know if that's inherently good or bad...but there it is.
  12. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    Sounds like worship to me:

    "When pilgrims circle the Kaaba as part of the Tawaf ritual of the Hajj, many of them try, if possible, to stop and kiss the Black Stone, emulating the kiss that it received from the Islamic prophet Muhammad."

    It is also shiny now, due to lots of kisses:

  13. S.A.M.

    S.A.M. uniquely dreadful

    Its Sunnah to kiss the stone, like its Sunnah to keep a beard, thats not worship.

    Anyway, its all gibberish if you ask me.
  14. Captain Kremmen

    Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    Aren't they a bit embarrassed kissing that in public?
  15. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

    The actual meteorite is located inside of that shinny container. If you look hard through the glass on the very front of the container you can just make it out, a dark dull mass.
  16. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    I don't see glass, or at least it is hard to tell. it is a silver bedding for the rock and I would say it is shiny for centuries of kissing. You bet it wasn't behind glass in the last 1000+ years....
  17. cosmictraveler

    cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always.

    "Glass has been used for various kinds of bottles and utensils, mirrors, windows and more. It is thought to have been first created around 3000 BC, during the bronze age. Egyptian glass beads date back to about 2500 BC."

  18. S.A.M.

    S.A.M. uniquely dreadful

    No. It has quite a history.

    Its a symbol of diplomacy and unity.

  19. Captain Kremmen

    Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties!

    Who made that stupid looking case for it?
    I bet it was one of those numbskull Saudi Princes.
  20. Syzygys

    Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you

    Thanks prof for the history of glass, but that wasn't the issue. When did we start to put objects behind glass for protection???

    Also, I am still not sure there is a glass to protect it....

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