It is covered with a black silk cloth, known as the kiswa and decorated with gold-embroidered calligraphy. Further, this shift was made not only in man’s relationship with God, but also more importantly between man and man and had a wide-ranging impact on religious practices, laws, social behaviors, etc.. In 1629, for example, heavy flooding caused the foundations to collapse, necessitating a complete reconstruction. Many Jews describe themselves as being ‘secular’. The Quran is considered to be the final, verbatim word of God, revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Nobody holds the view that a Galileo or a Newton or an Einstein, were and are the sole custodians for all time of all truths pertaining to science, and that nobody can or should question them, or that nobody can or should replace their views by alternative or better views, theories or inventions. During the Umayyad siege of Mecca in 683 AD  it is said to have been struck and smashed to pieces by a stone fired from a catapult. belief in one God; conveyance of the word of God through prophets such as Noah, Abraham, Moses and many others; unquestioning acceptance/obedience of God’s word; God is concerned with the everyday actions of mankind and directs and keeps records of the lives of human beings in every small detail; at the end of the world, on the day of judgment, all human beings will be resurrected, God will judge them and send them to heaven or hell as per their actions during their life on earth. B.S., Child Development, Oregon State University. Those who have visited must have witnessed the Arabic Calligraphy on the Holy Kaaba. So, there are serious drawbacks in Islamic societies which hold these societies back. Today, the stone is still broken up into several pieces , with estimates ranging from seven to as many as fifteen fragments. As a result, Hinduism accepts the right of others to follow their religions, has not sought to proselytize through propaganda or forced conversions, and has not used religion as a tool to gaining political power. Had I not seen Allah's Messenger [Prophet Muhammad PBUH] kissing you, I would not have kissed you. And here, an incident just occurred, there are many eye-witness, but each of them has a different story to tell. One of the most remarkable examples is the Qutb Minar , also known as the Victory Tower and the tallest... Just one month after announcing that the world-famous Hagia Sophia, originally a Byzantine cathedral, would be converted back into a mosque , Turkish President Erdogan has inflamed tensions yet again... Chittorgarh Fort is a hill fort located in Chittorgarh (known also as Chittor), a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. but at the same time we should be ready to move beyond that person(s) to other scientists, thinkers, philosophers who may propound new and better theories, ideologies, etc.. Some of the prominent shifts were in concepts such as ‘forgive others as God forgives’; to enter the Kingdom of heaven be child-like; love both one’s friends and enemies; instead of equal, retaliatory punishment viz. But in spite of India’s rich spiritual heritage, due to factors such as vested interests, etc. POINTS TO PONDER UPON BY JUDAIC RELIGIONS. The Ka'aba is covered with a kiswah, a black silk cloth which is embroidered in gold with verses from the Quran. Jesus made a radical shift in the teachings, religious beliefs and practices that were prevalent during his time, He not only emphasized peace, harmony, forgiveness, non-violence, etc. Jihad in its broadest sense, is "exerting one's utmost power, efforts, endeavors, or ability in contending with an object of disapprobation". Naupa Iglesia: An Egyptian Portal in the Andes? If one looks around the world one finds that those countries have developed and prospered where creativity flourishes. The Islamic world has not yet reformed, and reacts very much in the same way to critics and dissidents now as it did many centuries ago. The concept of God is of a being who is almighty, loving, merciful, forgiving and just, but is also very strict; rewards obedience of his word, on earth and in heaven; is threatening, fearful, harsh and punishing of disobedience by inflicting suffering on earth and in hell. Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. It is the house of Allah. are records of events post Jesus’ death. http://angels.about.com/od/AngelsReligiousTexts/f/What-Is-The-Black-Stone-Of-Kaaba.htm, Flanagan, Bob. *Origin, nature and growth of the three religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam All three religions have sought to do this at various times in history. So to protect and preserve their extremist ideology, here again, Muslim extremists find that the same terror tactics described earlier for ‘leveling down’ other countries/societies/religions could also be used to protect, strengthen and propagate their extremist ideologies among their own people; propagate it further to other territories and religious groups through killing, forced migrations, forced conversions, etc. It is also gives people the right and even encouragement to question and debate with authorities whatever be their rank and stature (including the greatest sages); it has evolved a number of techniques of meditation to suit people of different temperaments, to enable people to move from religion with its rites, rituals, beliefs, symbols, idols, images, etc. First described in Western literature in the 19th century, Swiss traveler Johann Ludwig Burckhardt visited Mecca in 1814 and provided a detailed description of the Black Stone in his 1829 book ‘ Travels in Arabia’: “It is an irregular oval, about seven inches in diameter, with an undulated surface composed of about a dozen smaller stones of different sizes and shapes, well joined together with a small quantity of cement and perfectly well smooth; it looks as if the whole had been broken into as many pieces by a violent blow and then united again.”. The Ka'aba (literally "the cube" in Arabic) is an ancient stone structure that was built and re-built by prophets as a house of monotheistic worship. Those Jews who followed Jesus came to be known as ‘Christians’ and those who did not, remained as Jews. Islamic societies are actually going back to Sharia laws and re-introducing Hudud laws of punishment such as public flogging, death through beheading and stoning, amputation of limbs, etc.. By 2013 approximately 12 of the about 50 Muslim-majority countries had made Hudud applicable, mostly since 1978. The religion, culture and way of life of the Jewish people has been described at the start including the concept of God as a being who is loving and merciful as well as punishing and violent; conveyance of the word of God through prophets; God’s active involvement in the daily life of human beings; obedience/disobedience of God’s words, rewards and punishments including violent punishments, resurrection after death, concepts of heaven and hell, etc. aberrations have crept into Hinduism over time and the earlier wide-spread spirituality with its scientific temper, emphasis on meditation to turn the mind inwards, open-mindedness, etc. Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. *Differences between the three religions Dear Mr/Mrs.....Plz try to think this one through.... is one of the chapters in the quran "the holy book of muslims" more than 1400 years aged. Just as there are constant changes and improvements in scientific theories, inventions, etc., where one theory gets replaced by another better theory or one invention is replaced by another improved version or a totally new concept altogether, why are such changes and improvements not allowed to happen in the realms of religion, spirituality, social life and in beliefs, values and practices in various spheres of life? Ancient Anomalous Human Skeletons: Humanity Could be Much Older Than We Think, How the Ancients Accessed Genetic Memory and Savant-Like Abilities, Warding Evil and Welcoming Luck: Protective Amulets of the Ancient World, Lake Titicaca: The Cauldron of Incan Creationism, The Widespread Appearance of Neanderthal DNA: Africans Have It Too, Floki and the Viking Discovery of Iceland. www.myumrahguide.com. Then the question is as to why is it that such a strangle hold on free, independent inquiry exists only in the realm of religious inquiry and social norms? . I would like to highlight the following issues with reference to Islam, but as I said, these issues are present in Judaism and Christianity too though to a lesser degree. Most of the year the Kaaba is covered in black cloth. Drawing of Mecca (1850). Theories have ranged from the stone being basalt, agate, or obsidian rock, to an alien artifact. The Norimitsu Odachi is a huge sword from Japan. The Kaaba functions as the qibla, or the direction in which Muslims pray towards 5 five times a day. but also practised what he preached including living a life free of violence and killing. Muslims believe the prophet Mohammad once kissed the stone and during their mandatory, once in a lifetime (at least), trip to Kaaba, they try to kiss the Black Stone if possible. in Arabic. The entire progress of science and technology rests on one scientist questioning an earlier scientist’s theory and replacing it with other better or alternate theories. It is because this universal absolute truth, which one may call ‘God’, is present in everything and pervades the entire universe, that Hindus see, revere and worship God in anything and everything whether it be trees, animals, birds, stones, a blade of grass or whatever.