Process to place the Holy Kaaba’s new ‘Kiswa’ begins for Hajj 2018

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Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah. (SPA)
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Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah. (SPA)
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Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah. (SPA)
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Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah. (SPA)
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Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah. (SPA)
Updated 20 August 2018
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Process to place the Holy Kaaba’s new ‘Kiswa’ begins for Hajj 2018

JEDDAH: Every year, the old black silk cloth that covers the Kaaba is removed and a new one is draped on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu Al-Hijjah, which falls on Monday Aug 20 this year.
Known in Arabic as the “Kiswa,” the black and gold cloth that is wrapped around the Kaaba gets replaced once a year during the Hajj season.
The move occurs when pilgrims head to Mount Arafat to witness a key ritual during pilgrimage. The older kiswa is removed and replaced with a new one.
On Sunday, a team of technicians are assigned to conduct the task, by lifting the gold- embroidered pieces from the kiswa corners.
This includes lifting the curtain draped over the Kaaba’s door, which is embroidered from pure gold.
It also includes four panels inscribed with Surat Al-Ikhlas [a Qur’anic verse] placed in every corner of the Kaaba and lanterns inscribed with Qur’anic verses hanging in its interior.
The delicate task is carried as per an operational plan to re-adorn the Kaaba with the new kiswa, said Ahmad bin Mohammad Al Masnouri, the head of the King Abdulaziz Complex for the Holy Kaaba Kiswah.


Crown Prince Mohammed: We are proud of our dear homeland’s achievements

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Crown Prince Mohammed: We are proud of our dear homeland’s achievements

  • The crown prince praised the Kingdom's growth and prosperity under the leadership of King Salman, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
  • His speech highlighted efforts of the Saudi people to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030
JEDDAH: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also vice president of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, paid tribute to the Saudi military in his speech to celebrate the Saudi National Day.
He affirmed that the Kingdom’s 88th anniversary is an occasion to recall the achievements of the country’s founder, the late King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud and his sons after him. The crown prince also praised the Kingdom’s growth and prosperity under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman.
Crown Prince Mohammed’s comments also highlighted the Saudi people’s efforts to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030 and underlined the great success of the last Hajj season.
He also stressed that the Kingdom would remain steadfast in the principles of tolerant Islam, the religion of moderation, and in fighting extremism and terrorism. He likewise stated that no one would be allowed to attack the sovereignty of the Kingdom or tamper with its security.