WATCH: Kaaba gets new Kiswa as second scaled-down Hajj underway

MECCA: The annual ceremony of changing the Ghilaf e Kaaba was held at Masjid-e-Al-Haram under the administration of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet Mosque.

Saudi officials stated that the ceremony was held on Sunday night under all Covid precautionary and preventive measures. A statement issued by the Deputy Head of the General Presidency Dr. Saad bin Mohammad Al Mohaimeed said that the Kiswa for Hajj 2021 is made of 670 kg of high-quality silk, 120 kg of gold, and 100 kg of silver threads. Around 200 Saudi craftsmen were hired in producing the black curtain at King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa, he also added.

Let it be known that the changing of Ghilaf e Kaaba was carried out by a special team from the General Administration of King Abdulaziz Complex. The fleet consists of a truck designed especially to transport the holy cloth, it is coated from the inside with a special material in a bid to avoid any damage during shifting.

In the breathtaking moments of changing the Kaaba cloth, which is around 657 square meters, each of the four parts was separately raised. It’s then consolidated from above by tying it and dropping at the other end.

The verses from the Holy Quran were embroidered on the Ghilaf e Kaaba while it was made at the Dar Ul Kiswa factory with a cost of 20 million Saudi riyals. Furthermore, pieces of the old Kiswa will be gifted to foreign dignitaries.

It is worth noting that the Kiswa will be replaced on the ninth day of Dul Hijjah – following the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH. The colors of the Kiswa have seen various changes throughout the years, per reports.

Historian claim that the Prophet PBUH covered Islam’s holiest in Yemeni clothes as he performed his farewell pilgrimage. Following the Sunnah, the Kiswa is replaced every year during Hajj after the pilgrims go to Mount Arafat.

Hajj 2021

Around 60,000 fully vaccinated residents of Saudi Arabia take part in the annual pilgrimage under strict anti-Covid measures. This is the second scaled-down Hajj as some 2.5 million pilgrims performed the annual ritual before the Covid pandemic.

Hajj is one of the world’s largest annual religious gatherings, and is one of the five pillars of Islam and must be undertaken by all Muslims with the means at least once in their lives.

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