Black Stone of Kaaba Origins

The Black Stone of Kaaba is a stone located in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is revered as an Islamic relic. Muslims believe that the stone was placed there by the prophet Muhammad, but this theory has been debated. Below you can see some theories on where the Black Stone came from.


Muslim worship the Kaaba Black Stone

Muslim worship the Kaaba Black Stone; Source: Wikimedia Commons

The stone is believed to be as old as Adam and Eve – Islamic tradition tells us that it has fallen out of the sky to serve as the world’s first temple. Before the Prophet Muhammad has placed the stone where it currently serves as a holy relic to thousands of Islam followers every day, it was worshipped by the pagans. Back then, the stone was said to be pure white, but the sins of the people have blackened it over time. Some theories say that the stone was given to Adam when he was banished from the Garden of Eden to absolve him of his sins, and it turned black as a result. According to other theories, archangel Gabriel gave it to him.

Muhammad came to Mecca after a fire damaged the Kaaba. The citizens couldn’t agree on where to place the stone and decided to ask the next person to walk through the city gates to make the decision. That person turned out to be Muhammad who set the stone into the center of the temple, where it’s worshipped by millions of Muslims to this day.

Extraterrestrial Origins

However, those who don’t follow Islam, have different theories about where the Black Stone came from. Like with any other artefact whose origin is uncertain, theories about aliens surround the Black Stone. While it’s tempting to think that extra-terrestrial beings dropped it out of the sky, we’re unlikely to find out whether or not that’s the truth.

Is The Kaaba Black Stone Made Of Glass?

Close up of the Kaaba Black Stone

Close up of the Kaaba Black Stone; Source Wikimedia

The nature of the relic, as you can see, has been debated for years. Some believe that the Black Stone isn’t a piece of rock, but rather a large glass sculpture created by the pagans. Others claim to have proof that it’s an agate, or a basalt stone. A few years ago a theory emerged, claiming that the stone couldn’t be agate because it could float in the water.

However, none of the claims above have held much merit over the years, which brings me to the most popular theory about the stone’s origins that circulates outside the Muslim community:

Meteor Theory

Example of a meteor stone that could be made of the similar material as the Kaaba Black Stone

Example of a meteor stone that could be made of the similar material as the Kaaba Black Stone; Source: Wikimedia

The theory that the Black Stone of Kaaba could be a meteorite first emerged in the 1850s. Over time, it gained more momentum and remains the most popular science-based theory to this day. Most supporters of that theory believe that it’s a fragment of a meteorite that fell on earth some 6,000 years ago into a crate at Wabar. Those crates are said to be rich with black silica glass, which would explain the stone’s exterior.

The meteor theory corresponds with the assumption that the stone has previously been worshipped by the pagans. However, there is no conclusive evidence that the stone is of an extra-terrestrial origin, or supernatural for that matter. This particular relic is very significant to the Muslim community that has its own theories about the stone’s origins, and it’s unlikely that the rest of the world’s population will know its true origins anytime soon.

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