Saudi Arabian government has released a new high-resolution image of Hajr-e-Aswad taken by the Engineering Studies Department of the Reasah Alharmain through Focus Stack Panorama Technology.
According to the Saudi Official, the image is 49,0000 megapixels picture. It took 50 working hours to process the 1050 photos. The rare photo was released on Monday by the Saudi ministry.
Adviser to the Saudi ministry said that the Black Stone (Hajr-e-Aswad) is a “piece of Jannah and the first-ever high-resolution pictures reflect how beautiful paradise would be.”
Hajr-e-Aswad is placed at the eastern corner of the Ka’aba and thought to be a hole that can be seen through a big hole in the silver encasement. The Black Stone is comprised of eight small rocks but molded together using Arabic frankincense.
The smallest stone is approximately 1cm while the biggest does not exceed 2cm. Silver encasement serves only as protection for the stone.
According to Islamic history, Black Stone was placed by Hazrat Ibrahim given to him by Angel Gabriel who was sent down from heaven.
The Black Stone:
It is the starting and ending point of the Circumambulation.
Color: Reddish Black
Diameter: 30 cm
Location: In the southeastern corner of the Kaaba from the outside. pic.twitter.com/uH5bpReROw
— 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 (@HaramainInfo) May 3, 2021
Pilgrims are allowed to kiss the stone while doing circumambulation around the Ka’aba.
Last month, the Saudi Interior Ministry had published photos of female Umrah and Hajj guards serving at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, in a historic move.
The pictures show the women security guards on duty for the first time in the Grand Mosque. The pictures show women security guards dressed up in uniform providing security to staff and pilgrims. Taking to Twitter, the ministry captioned the post: “From the field, security of Hajj and Umrah.”
Pictures gained massive traction on social media with people praising the Saudi government for accommodating women security guards at the holy mosque.
The move came as part of the grand reforms by the Saudi government to address the gender inequality in the country.