The Islamic Black Stone forms the corner stone of the Kaaba or black cube in Mecca. It acts as a central idol and all Muslims MUST face it when they pray.
The Black Stone at the Kaaba was also formed a part of the pre-Islamic Kaaba religious worship, but where a lot more Gods and Goddesses were honored. Namely the chief God Allah and his three Daughters Allat, Manat and al Uzza [all mentioned in the Koran, Sura 53:19]. These were the Arabian or Desert Goddesses and widely known as Allah's Daughters. They were in fact worshipped by Muhammad and his father, but when Muhammad thought he had been granted special privilege, by the God Allah, he said to Allah of the Kaaba, why should there be these female Goddesses before himself ~ as a male, he should be next to God, not these Female/ Cranes or Goddesses. As we know he won that challenge and he got rid of the Goddesses. Now Muslims say there is 'No God but Alllah!'
At one time ~ to curry favor with his tribes people, Muhammad called upon the Daughters of Allah, as he had always done, and said that he would allow their worship. This is one of the most famous Satanic Verses in the Koran, starting from Sura 53:19, [verse was literally altered from the four earliest versions of the Koran to the non-statement of the current Koran] and was touched on in Salman Rusdie's book the Satanic Verses.
In pre-Islamic or Arabian peninsula history the Queen of Sheba also worshipped at a Black Stone. As well as one of Allah's Daughters was represented as a Black Stone between Mecca and Medina.
In Saudi Arabia one of the older mosques in Mecca was not aligned properly with the Kaaba Stone, and many of the worshippers were extremely upset that their prayers would not have been heard. The Black Stone in Mecca which most believe is a meteorite is an extremely important central focus of worship or idol for all Muslims.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Muslims learned on Friday they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country's highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa.
Muslims are supposed to face the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during prayer and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict in March stipulating westward was the correct direction from the world's most populous Muslim country.
"But it has been decided that actually the mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting people shift the direction slightly to the north-west," the head of the MUI, Cholil Ridwan, told Reuters. "There's no need to knock down mosques, just shift your direction slightly during prayer."
Ridwan said Muslims need not fear that their prayers have been wasted because they were facing the wrong way.
"Their prayers will still be heard by Allah," he said.
Said Agil Siradj, head of Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama, told English language newspaper the Jakarta Globe that the confusion showed the MUI issued edicts too fast and that this was a lesson for them.
The MUI has, in the past, issued controversial edicts banning Muslims from chanting during yoga, and from smoking.
Indonesia is a majority Muslim but officially secular country.