(The Black Stone)
1. During the peak Hajj period, DO NOT
attempt to kiss The Black Stone. The risk to your body is just too
high. I've seen pilgrims coming out of this attempt dehydrated and
in a daze; and I've been told some sustained injuries.
2. Even during the non-peak Hajj period, your chances of succeeding
in this attempt within a 1 1/2-hour period are less than 50% even after
3. I hope the Saudi authorities will
consider setting aside at least two days of the week exclusively for
women who wish to touch/kiss this Stone. In the current circumstances, it is
impossible for the majority of women pilgrims to do this.
4. Kissing Hajr-al-Aswad for a fee of SR 450!!! I do not know
whether this is a con job or a service provided by a syndicate. Some
pilgrims have been approached discreetly by individuals offering
this service. DO NOT accept this offer. Just make a niyah to
kiss Hajr-al-Aswad. If it is in the will of Allah s.w.t. for you, it
I hope the authorities will take appropriate measures to root
this out. When demand exceeds supply, "black market"
will creep in and sadly, the Hajr-al-Aswad has not been spared
5. Between the Yamani corner and Hajr-al-Aswad, pilgrims recite the
"Rabbana ... " du'a. Learn more about this
Du'a so that it comes from your heart.
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