In his visit to Makkah, the most sacred city for Muslims, the now devout Muslim had a unique spiritual experience after being invited to kiss the Black Stone, located in the center of the Grand Mosque on the eastern cornerstone of the Ka’bah.
Muslims from all over the world make the journey to Makkah during the Hajj and many visit the Black Stone to touch and kiss the darkened rock as part of the Tawaf ritual.
The unique experience was shared by Gates in a video he posted on Instagram of himself and his wife approaching the Stone.
He explains how one of the military men guarding the Stone invited him and her to kiss it, which he is humbled by.
“This Man I’ve never met – embraced me as if we had known each other our entire lives – one of the greatest Muslims I’ve met in my life – #AllahuAkbar,” he captioned the video.
“To be healed is to be healed from all things – I’ll never forget this day – in this life and the hereafter – May Peace Be Upon you All,” he added.
In the clip, Gates can be seen kissing the Stone at the designated location on the rock.
As he makes contact with the Stone his shoulders start to quiver as if he has been moved to tears.
Watch the video: