Saudi Arabia has launched a new initiative that will allow Muslims all over the world to virtually touch the Black Stone at Mecca’s Kaaba using Virtual Reality (VR) technology.
Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, the General President for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, launched the initiative.
The “Virtual Black Stone Initiative” will be a bit of the Kingdom’s Agency for Exhibitions and Museums Affairs, represented by the General Administration of Digital Exhibitions, in collusion with the guardian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute at Umm al-Qura University. The initiative intends to use virtual reality (VR) and digital experiences that simulate real-world experiences.
Saudi Arabian officials released new close images in May 2021 that provide a never-before-seen view of the Black Stone in Mecca’s Kaaba. The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques used a new technique called stacked panoramic focus to capture the details on the Black Stone, also known as Hajar Aswad in Arabic.
The Holy Black Stone, according to Muslims, descended directly from heaven and was given to the Prophet Abraham by the angel Gabriel.
The stone is fixed within a pure silver covering and is mounted in the Kaaba’s northwest corner, about a meter and a half above the ground.