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New photos of the Black Stone in Mecca have been released



(CNN) – High-resolution photos were first unveiled on an ancient religious stone in Mecca, the holy city of Islam, the Saudi government agency said.

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 capture and develop, said the General Presidency of Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque for the press on Monday.

The general presidency is working with the engineering agency of the Two Holy Mosques to take 1,050 pictures of the stone, each of which is 1

60 gigabytes. The stone was photographed for seven hours, authorities said.

A technique called focal alignment is used, which combines multiple shots with different focus points to keep the final product sharp, according to Digital Photography School.

“It’s important because, in a way, it’s unprecedented,” Afifi al-Akiti, an Islamic research associate at Oxford University who was not involved in the project, told CNN.

“One sees that it is not actually black, for example … As I understand it, for the first time there is an enlarged digital photo of the stone and one can see the stone up close and in person.”

“In the Muslim tradition, this is considered a sacred relic, but reason plays a major role in the Muslim tradition … So while it is unprecedented to see a picture of the stone, I think Muslims are up to earth and science plays an important role in religion.” he added.

The images of the Black Stone were taken over several hours using a technique called focusing.

The images of the Black Stone were taken over several hours using a technique called focusing.

Courtesy General presidency of the two holy mosques

Mecca is considered the spiritual center of Islam because it says that the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelations in the early 7th century.

The stone is framed in pure silver in the southeast corner of the Kaaba, the cube-shaped building built by Abraham and his son Ishmael, according to the Qur’an.

During the hajj, the most important annual worship of Islam, the pilgrims go counterclockwise around the black monolith.

While the hajj usually has large crowds crowded around the holiest shrine of Islam, in 2020 far fewer people attended because of fears of Covid-19.

Devotees usually touch, kiss or wave at al-Hajar al-Aswad as they pass by.

Devotees usually touch, kiss or wave at al-Hajar al-Aswad.

Devotees usually touch, kiss or wave at al-Hajar al-Aswad.

Courtesy General presidency of the two holy mosques

“The stone was originally white, not black. It is believed that humanity touches the stone and seeks forgiveness from God, which is why the stone is black, reflecting the sins of mankind, according to Muslim sources,” al-Akiti said.

Muslim tradition dictates that the stone dates back to the Prophet Adam, the primitive man, al-Akiti said. In another account, the angel Gabriel is believed to have given the stone to Abraham while he was building the Kaaba, according to Oxford Islamic Research Online.

Scientists say the rock may have been a meteorite, al-Akiti said, and that the latest theory may have arisen after it fell from the sky.

Today, people are kissing the stone because Omar, the second Muslim caliph, told his followers that he had seen the Prophet Muhammad do it alone, al-Akiti said.


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