Guru Nanak And His Trip To Mecca – A Powerful Story

by Amit Sodha

in Wisdom

World In Palm of Hand

You will shortly read one of my favorite stories and it’s one I first heard from Dr John DeMartini’s book – The Breakthrough Experience.

While I was researching the origins of this story, I saw all sorts of arguments between Sikhs and Muslims regarding the validity of the story, whether Guru Nanak would ever have been allowed into Mecca etc.

It’s a real shame as the meaning of the story is what’s most important. To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. What matters to me, is that the message of the story is one of the most important messages that could ever be conveyed.

Regardless, here is the story for you to enjoy!

The founder of the Sikh religion was a great teacher named Guru Nanak. This wise being dedicated his life to studying the worlds religions. In his spiritual quest, he went to Israel and studied Judaism and Christianity, he journeyed to Mecca to study Mohammed’s teachings, and he went to the Kaaba, a cubical building in the center of Mecca’s big square.

On the eastern side of the Kaaba is a sacred stone, a meteorite set into the wall. Guru Nanak walked into the square and lay down on his back in meditation with his feet toward the sacred stone.

The Muslims around him were deeply offended because the stone is a symbol of Allah, and the feet are considered unclean. They cried out in their language, ‘Blasphemy! Blasphemy! How dare you put your feet to the sacred stone?

They pushed his feet away but he just spun around and they were magically brought back to the stone. They kicked him, they dragged him out, they rolled him over and around and dragged him away, but nothing they did seemed to make the slightest difference. He kept his feet pointing to the stone.

Everyone was upset and screaming at him, and he finally asked them, “Brothers, why are you so upset?”

“Because the sacred stone represents God and you don’t put your feet in the direction of God. That is bad!”

He said, “If you can tell me, where God is NOT, I will gladly put my feet there.”

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah

A great story- thanks for sharing. Best wishes from a Muslim!!


2 Amit Sodha
Twitter: amitsodha

Hey Sarah, so glad you enjoyed! :-)


3 Milan Bakrania

A simple and powerful story that has the power to end petty conflicts. All religions preach that God is omnipresent/omniscient. If that is the case, he/she/it pervades the entire universe including every inch and corner of the planet earth and subsequently every molecule and atom that make up every living thing…including us. Damn, that means we’re all connected!! (I can already see centuries of labels and conditioned beliefs flying out of the window!).


4 Amit Sodha
Twitter: amitsodha

If only it was that simple hey Milan? :-))

You’re right though, just that simple message is enough to breakdown so many barriers, yet it’s a question of who chooses to pay attention.


5 Zackariya

I completely disagree with the story which is telling muslim believe that a stone is consider as Almighty GOD. This is not the truth at all. The Almighty GOD can not be stone as per muslim believe. HE is the creator of everything. And the stone is not a single stone as there are more stones covered around with silver frame (please visit the link for better information).


6 Amit Sodha
Twitter: amitsodha

Zack – You missed the entire point of the article. It’s not about whether Muslims believe the stone is a representation of God or not, the whole point of the article is about God be everywhere and in all ways.


Regardless of which faith you come from, Guru Nanak was simply trying to teach that There is nowhere, where God is not.

PS for the record, I am not a Sikh, nor a Hindu, Nor A Jew, Nor a Buddhist, Nor A Muslim, but I am all of the above.


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