Is Kissing The Black Stone at the corner of the Ka'aba an act of Idolatry?

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Many disbelivers and misbelivers out of disbelief and misbelief misconceive the Muslims idea of kissing the "black stone" on a corner of the Ka'ba during hajj.

So, why kissing the "black stone"?

It is the tradition of the Arabs to kiss whatever makes them happy or gives them sweet emotions or memories. So, prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was reported to have done that out of joy for seeing an historical stone dating from time immemorial including prophet Abraham (A.S.W) using it as a foundation for the first house of God that was ordained by God Himself.

As followers of prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), Muslims like emulating him, so, they as well kiss the historical stone during hajj. It is however not compulsory to do so; it's a matter of choice and interest.

Just like many Muslims do, I often kiss my Al Qur'an after reading it. Just a kind of gesture of thanking Allah (s.w.t) and showing joy to be guided aright. Alhamdulillah Robil Alamin.

The Quran says in Suraht al-Ma'hida: 90: "O ye who believe! wine and gambling and stone altars and divining arrows are only an abomination, a handiwork of Satan, shun it wherefore, that haply ye may fare well.

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Narrated Salim that his father said:
"I saw Allah's Apostle arriving at Mecca; he kissed the Black Stone Corner first while doing Tawaf and did ramal in the first three rounds of the seven rounds (of Tawaf)"
Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 26, Number 673:

Narrated 'Abis bin Rabia: 'Umar came near the Black Stone and kissed it and said "No doubt, I know that you are a stone and can neither benefit anyone nor harm anyone. Had I not seen Allah's Apostle kissing you I would not have kissed you".
Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 26, Number 667.

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It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say:
“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

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[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

And Allah knows best. May He continue to guide us. Ameen.

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