Riyadh — A Shoura Council member has proposed that specific timings should be allotted for women to kiss the Black Stone.
The Committee for Islamic Affairs in the Shoura Council is studying the proposal, a source told Okaz Arabic daily.
The proposal put forth by Modhi Aldeghaither includes setting three specific times during the day for a period of two hours each to allow women a chance to kiss the Black Stone.
The proposal is expected to undergo a vote within the committee prior to further discussions among Shoura members.
The Black Stone is the eastern cornerstone of the Kaaba.
Pilgrims circle the Kaaba as a part of the tawaf ritual and many try to stop and kiss the Black Stone, emulating the kiss that Islamic tradition records that it received from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Today, the Black Stone consists of a number of fragments held together by a silver frame, which is fastened by silver nails to the Kaaba. The smaller fragments have been cemented together to form the seven or eight fragments visible today. The Stone’s exposed face measures about 20 centimetres (7.9 in) by 16 centimetres (6.3 in). Its original size is unclear and the recorded dimensions have changed considerably over time.