The Saudi government has launched a plan to view the Black Stone, one of the holiest places for Muslims, at home via virtual reality (VR).
According to Shawwan Al-Haramain, the head of the administration of the two holy shrines, the project to see the Black Stone in a virtual way was inaugurated by the head of the organization, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais.
The project was launched in collaboration with Umm Al-Qura University, a leading university in Saudi Arabia.
The project was inaugurated under a digital exhibition called ‘Medina Project’, in which Masjid-ul-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabawi are being shown in a virtual way.
According to the website, people around the world will not be able to see the Black Stone in a virtual way immediately, but the project will soon be expanded and made public.
People will have to use VR head to watch ‘Hajar Aswad’ virtually at home and such people will be able to watch ‘Hajar Aswad’ by connecting to the internet through the link given on the website of the organization.
According to the organizers of the two holy shrines, under the project, people will be able to virtually see not only the ‘Black Stone’ up close, but also digitally touch it, and possibly use technology that will allow people to ‘ You will also be able to feel the fragrance of the Black Stone.
Although a project to view the Black Stone in a virtual way has been launched, it is too early to say how long the general public will be able to benefit from the project.
Under the immediate plan, people will be able to see the Black Stone at a virtual exhibition by the Saudi government in Makkah and Madinah.
It is thought that the project may take several more months to open to the public, but it is too early to say.
Prior to the project, in May this year, the head of the administration of the two holy shrines, Shawwan al-Harmain, had released photographs of the ‘Black Stone’ and ‘Maqam Ibrahim’ using high-tech techniques.
The Black Stone is located on the southeast corner of the Ka’bah, and pilgrims kiss it while performing the Hajj.
The ‘Black Stone’ is attached to the Kaaba with an oval-shaped pure silver frame.
According to various Islamic traditions and references, the Black Stone was brought down from heaven to earth and this sacred stone was brought down many centuries ago when Hazrat Ibrahim and his son Hazrat Ismail Khan were building the Kaaba.
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