The Black Stone of Mecca like you've never seen before
May 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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High resolution photos have been revealed for the first time of an ancient religious stone in Mecca, Islam's holy city, a Saudi government agency has announced.
The images of al-Hajar al-Aswad, or the Black Stone, are up to 49,000 megapixels in size and took more than 50 hours to photograph and develop, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Saudi Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque said in a press release Monday.
It's thought mankind touching the stone and seeking forgiveness from God is the reason the stone is black, reflecting the sins of humanity, according to Muslim sources," said al-Akiti.
Muslim tradition dictates that the stone dates back to the prophet Adam, the primordial man, said al-Akiti.
Scientists point out that the stone might be a meteorite, al-Akiti said, and that the latter theory may have originated after it fell from the sky.
People kiss the stone today because Omar, the second Muslim caliph, told followers that he had seen the Prophet Mohammed do so himself, said al-Akiti.