Thank you for the opportunity to help you with your question!First I initially thought that indeed Muslims practiced idol worship during their pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims are required at least to make a journey to Mecca once or more times in their lifetime where they all worship around a black stone known as the Kaaba. For quite a long time I thought that this was like worshiping a stone making it sound to be some form of idol worship. In fact, if you look at several pilgrimage journeys you will see many muslims bowing down to the stone and even kissing it with passion while chanting strong prayers towards it.
However, from research in the attached link, i have come to think otherwise, Muslims indeed belief in the prescence of One God, whom they refer to as Allah. This belief therefore prevents anyone from worshiping an idol which is contrary to the Islamic faith. In reality, I found the belief to be surprising because indeed, the kaaba is just a structural object at the center of the worshiping temple where they converge. indeed, the prayers according to the website are just directed towards God, but since they all face the Kaaba, a black stone, many tend to believe that they are worshiping it.
Please refer to the link cited below.
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Sep 8th, 2015
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