9) THE MAGIC STONE!
Hadith: The sacred black stone has its origin in paradise. It was snow white but the sins of the pagans blackened it.
Hadith: The sacred black stone is God’s hand on the earth. He shakes the hand of the chosen through it.
These hadiths contrived about the black stone built into the southeastern corner of the Kaaba in Mecca have been the cause of many ridiculous and absurd rituals during pilgrimage. People who are not familiar with the tenets of our religion might conclude at the sight of the throngs hustling and bustling in order to be able to touch this stone that they are idolaters. These hadiths had also been a subject of derision long before. Mu’tazila, who had argued against the reliability of the hadith under the Abbasids but who had lost ground in the political arena, poked fun at the defenders of this hadith saying: “According to the logic of this hadith if this stone had blackened because of the sins of the pagans, it should have whitened now that the Kaaba is in the hands of the Muslims.”