Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Emir Caner's Odd Description of the Kaaba

Listening to Ergun and Emir talking about Islam, I came across a very odd description of the Kaaba. In the clip, Emir calls it a 30 foot by 50 foot stone (link to clip). The kaaba is a building, made of granite and usually covered in black cloth. It is made from stone, but not a single stone. There is a famous black stone there, at one corner of the Kaaba. Muslim pilgrims often try to kiss that stone, although apparently kissing the stone is optional. The black stone itself is relatively small, and was broken into pieces in the middle ages. The stone is said to be about 1 foot in diameter.



Fredericka said...

Odd little mental lapse. It's a good thing the black meteorite was never that big, or it would have been practically big enough to cause a Tunguska event! Actual picture of the black rock:

hutchman said...

I've seen aerial photo's similar to this:

The crowds of Hajji are so large that I don't think many get a chance to kiss it. They mostly walk around the Kaaba 7 times and point to it.

More info here: