July 28 is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr

Updated 28 July 2014
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July 28 is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr

The Supreme Court declared Sunday as the last day of the holy month of Ramadan 2014 and Monday, July 28, as the first day of Eid Al-Fitr.
A statement by the Royal Court, carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said that the highest court made the decision in a meeting at its headquarters in the city of Taif after having verified a number of evidence from adult witnesses from different parts of the country, who reported that they have eye-sighted the new moon of the month of Shawwal 1435 in the Islamic calendar.
“On this occasion, the Higher Court extends congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, his Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince as well as the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all nationals of the Islamic nation on the advent of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr, appealing to Allah Almighty to accept their fasting and worshipping during Ramadan and have them come to unity and enjoy good days,” the Royal Court announcement quoted the higher court as saying in a message.


Kaaba’s replacement cloth fitted in record time

Updated 20 August 2018
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Kaaba’s replacement cloth fitted in record time

  • The work was carried out while pilgrims continued to circumambulate the Kaaba
  • A team of 160 workers carry out the task in record time, while pilgrims continue around them

JEDDAH: It took a team of 160 workers and technicians just three hours to fit the cloth that covers the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, setting a new record, state news agency SPA reported.

Working under the management of Saudi Arabia’s  General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque Affairs, the team actually finished 30 minutes earlier than the allotted time, fitting the Kiswa to the Kaaba.

The new cloth was prepared and transported before Monday’s Fajr prayer to the Grand Mosque.

The Kaaba is 14 meters high and its longest wall is 13 meters wide.

The Kiswa is made of 670 kilograms of silk, 120 kg of gold, and 100 kg of silver.

Every meter of silk was created by 100,000 threads, and the overall weight of the Kiswa is 1,150 kg, produced on 23 modern sewing machines.