Video: Kaaba's Kiswa changing ceremony in Makkah

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Makkah - The ceremony was supervised by 160 technicians.


Published: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 7:35 AM

Last updated: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 9:41 AM

The annual ceremony to replace the covering (Kiswa) of the holy Kaaba took place Friday, where millions of Muslims have gathered to perform the Haj.
The ceremony, supervised by 160 technicians and manufacturers, based on the tradition of the General Presidency of the Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque every year on this day, according to SPA.

The 'Kiswa' is woven from pure silk(about 670 kilograms of raw silk), and embellished by gold-plated thread (120 kilograms of gold wire and 100 of silver wire) illustrating verses from the Holy Quran.
It is classified as a work of Islamic art produced by top-skilled craftsmen.

Why is holy Kaaba so important?
Islamic tradition holds that the Kaaba was built by prophet Ibrahim and Ismail as a house of monotheistic worship thousands of years ago. Over the years, the Kaaba was reconstructed and attracted different kinds of pilgrims who once lived in the Arabian Peninsula. In pre-Islamic times, the Kaaba was used to house pagan idols worshipped by local tribes.
Muslims do not worship the Kaaba, but it is Islam's most sacred site because it represents the metaphorical house of God and the oneness of God in Islam. Observant Muslims around the world face towards the Kaaba during their five daily prayers.

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