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It takes 8 full months to make kiswa

Source : Arab news / 16 Jul 2014

The black cloth used to cover the House of God at Makkah costs SR22 million and takes eight full months to make, Abdullah Bajawda, Kiswa Factory manager, told a local daily.

“The ‘kiswa’ used to be previously bought abroad, but in 1927, the late King Abdulaziz ordered the construction of a special factory for manufacturing the cloth in the Ajyad district in Makkah, which was later relocated to the Tayseer district.”


New book features Kiswa as top Islamic symbol

Source : Arab News / 10 Jul 2014

The Kiswa, or covering of the Kaaba, has been featured as one of the most important symbols of Islamic society in a new publication launched in Sharjah on Monday. 

The book is entitled “Islamic Textiles from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.”


Ceremonial washing of Kaaba held in Saudi Arabia

Source : Arab News / 30 May 2014

Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz led the washing of the Kaaba on Thursday at the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Makkah, on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.


Sun alignment with Kaaba on Wednesday noon

Source : Arab News / 27 May 2014

Astronomers say that the sun will align with the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Wednesday, May 28, at noon.


Piece of Kiswa on display in Haj expo

Source : SG / 21 Apr 2014

A piece of Kiswa, thick black cloth with intricate embroidery of Qur'anic verses in gold, that covers the door of the Kaaba will be on display at the second Saudi Haj Exhibition in Paris from today onwards, Makkah Daily reported.

Mohammed Al-Jabri, an official of the Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said that for the first time a piece of the Kaaba will be displayed internationally.


Kaaba cloth cover being dusted off every fortnight

Source : Arab news / 19 Mar 2014

Employees of the Kaaba cloth factory roll up their sleeves spending four hours every fortnight to clean the cloth covering the Kaaba to ensure it is free of dust from the ongoing expansion projects in the Holy Mosque. Employees work around the clock to meet the project deadlines of the expansion of the holy mosque. 


Kiswa factory manager seeks modern technology

Source : IINA / 28 Jan 2014

The historical factory that manufactures the Kiswa, the covering for the Holy Kaaba in Makkah, is exploring the possibility of importing state-of-the-art technology from the US, Japan, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, to upgrade its facility in keeping with modern times.


Rare Kiswa piece fetches $1 million

By  Fouzia Khan / Arab news / 18 Dec 2013

A rare piece of the Kiswa (the cover of Kaaba) dated 1354 A.H., which was given as a gift by the monarch of Al-Bohra to King Abdul Aziz, was sold for $1 million at the second auction of Arabian Wings in Jeddah.

The piece is considered to be one the rarest pieces of the Kiswa.


The Kaba – the Sacred House of Allah

By Aisha Stacey / 12 Mar 2013

The Kaba  is the sacred House of Allah situated in the middle of the Holy mosque in the city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.  The black cube shaped box is familiar to people of all faiths due to the images that come out of Saudi Arabia every year at pilgrimage time. Usually when people see these images, their attention is focused on the black box being circled by hundreds if not thousands of worshippers.  This box is the Kaba.

“Allah has made the Kaba, the Sacred House, an asylum of security, Hajj, and 'Umrah (pilgrimage) for mankind...”(Quran 5:97)


The door of the Kaaba remains one of history’s mysteries

Source : Al Arabiya | 03 Aug 2012

Since it came into being and till now, it is still one of the mysteries of history. It is the door of the Kaaba. There is no documentation of its initial shape or what its builders looked like. There is, however, one indisputable historical fact: the Kaaba had two doors for a long time.


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