The black stone in the Kaaba may be an agate geode similar to this, but a metal frame and cement hold the broken pieces together.
In 1974 an Arab geologist (who wants to remain anonymous) claimed that the stone in the Kaaba “contained clearly discernible diffusion banding characteristic of agates”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Stone
This and a report centuries ago (when the metal frame around the stone was being replaced) that the stone contained tiny crystals may be evidence the stone might not have fallen from heaven but instead migbt be an agate geode formed when groundwater carried minerals into a bubble in cooled lava. After lava erodes away, agates sit on the surface.
SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Farouk El-Baz (1938 – ) is an Egyptian-American with a PhD in geology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and did research at MIT. He is an expert in determining geological features by examining satellite images.
He has advised Arab governments on where to drill for water.
At NASA he selected geologically interesting landing sites for manned missions on the moon, and taught astronauts what rocks to look for and how best to photograph them.
The claim is false that Muslims, unlike greedy Westerners, protect the environment.
Actually, there was massive burning of forests in Indonesia to clear land for plantations, protecting the environment is not a high priority in Pakistan, most automobiles in Iran use leaded gasoline, and there are stories of Muslim farmers in the United States planting crops on wetlands designated by the government to protect insects and flowers in danger of becoming extinct.
IMMODEST CLOTHING CAUSES EARTHQUAKES
Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi (Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader) was quoted in an Iranian newspaper in 2010 as saying that women who immodestly pull back their scarves to reveal too much of the hair on their heads are to blame for Iran’s earthquakes. “Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes”.
Similarly, conservative cleric and powerful Pakistani opposition politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman (Fazal-ur-Rehman) preaches that women wearing jeans, rather than Islamic dress, are the cause of Pakistan’s earthquakes. Another cleric, Iranian Shia cleric Imam Seyyed Youssef Tabatabi-nejad, has said improper veiling by some Iranian women has resulted in them looking like European women, which has caused higher temperatures and the drying up of rivers and the water in reservoirs behind dams.
Image by jk (talk), via Wikimedia Commons.
image credit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Large_Geode_Carefree_AZ.jpg