Hazrat Umar (RA) reported that Allah ﷻ pleased his three wishes. And one was his proposal to the Prophet ﷺ that the Maqam e Ibrahim should be made a place for performing Salah. Allah ﷻ revealed the following verse in the Quran in Surah al-Baqarah: “Take the Maqam of Ibrahim as a place of Salah (a place behind which you perform two rak’ahs of Salah after Tawaf)” [2:125]
At the era of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) the Maqam was attached to the Kaaba. But as crowd increased gradually, space became jammed in order to make Tawaf around the Kaabah because of offering prayer. So, in the period of Umar (RA) Maqam e Ibrahim was replaced at some distance of Kaabah to make sure easier Tawaf around the Holy Kaabah. However, there was a consensus of Sahaba (RA) regarding the replacement of Maqam e Ibrahim.
Juhm bin Hudhayfah (RA) reported that the blessed footprints of the Prophet ﷺ were well-matched with the footprints of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). The Prophet ﷺ also stated: “I most resemble with the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) among all the children of him. (Bukhari)
Even though the Arabs revered stones in the time of Ignorance, however, they never worshiped Hajar Al-Aswad or Maqam e Ibrahim even they much respected both of them. The reason behind was obviously that Allah ﷻ protected both of them miraculously from all kinds of Shirk.
Thus, the most noticeable thing is that Maqam e Ibrahim is just the place of offering prayers of two rak’ahs but not touching or kissing. So, pilgrims who avail the hajj packages from Manchester should not show the activity of shirk while visiting Maqam e Ibrahim. As shirk is the association with Allah ﷻ and Allah ﷻ can pardon every sin except shirk.
As Allah ﷻ says in the Holy Quran: Say! "O People of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back, say ye: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah’s Will). (Surah Al-Imran, 64)