For the first time the Kiswah of the Kaaba will be replaced on 1 Muharram 2022

Bisnis.comJAKARTA – Kiswah (drape) Kaaba exchanged regularly once a year. This year the change will take place on 1 Holy 1444 H, which falls on July 30, 2022.

The exchange process is usually performed every 9 zulhiyyah when pilgrims undergo wukuf in Arafah.

“This year, the replacement of the Kiswah will be carried out on 1 Muharram 1444 H,” said Deputy Deputy Secretary Majma’ Malik Abdul Aziz li Kiswatil Kaaba Al-Musyarrafah Ir Faris Al Mathrafi on Wednesday (27.7.2022) in Mecca. .

This was conveyed by Faris when he received a visit from the Director-General of Hajj and Umrah Ministry of Religion Hilman Latif. Also present were Mudir ‘Aam or Director General of Majma’ Malik Abdul Aziz li Kiswatil Kaaba Al-Musyarrafah Faishal Al-Madany and Director General of Public Relations and Media Ahmad Al-Suheiry.

Accompanied by the Director General of PHU, the Hajj Consul of the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Nasrullah Jasam and Kadaker Makkah M Khanif.

“This is the first time that the exchanges have been made on 1 Muharram by the order of King Salman. Furthermore, the exchanges will continue to be made on 1 Muharram,” continued Faris.

Meanwhile, the washing of the Kaaba will be performed on the 15th of Muharram as usual.

According to Faris, Majma’ Malik Abdul Aziz li Kiswatil Ka’bah Al-Musyarrafah is one of the centers of civilization in Mecca as the place where the Kiswah Kaaba was made. It includes around 220 technicians, Saudi Arabian artists, who work on the making of the kiswah.

“Here is the production with the most expensive materials in the world. It costs around 25 million Saudi riyals every year,” he explained.

“The material consists of 760 kg of Italian silk, as well as 120 kg of gold and 100 kg of silver from Germany,” he continued.

Director-General for Public Relations and Media Majma’ Malik Abdul Aziz Ahmad Suheiry stated that the kiswah was made in Egypt and India before finally being produced in Mecca Al-Mukarramah.

On this occasion, the Director General of PHU had the opportunity to embroider gold threads into the circle framing the words “Allahu Akbar” on the Kiswah that will be installed on 1 Muharram 1444 H.

The part that Hilman embroidered was an Arabic script that was later installed near the Black Stone.

Before embroidering, the Director General of PHU and his entourage received an explanation from one of the calligraphers Majma’ Malik Abdul Aziz, Sheikh Mukhtar Alam, regarding the part of the Kiswah that was the closing of the Kaaba.

According to him, the kiswah covering the Kaaba measures 6.3m x 3.3m. Several verses of the Qur’an and Asmaul Husna are written in it in various shapes, some square, long and others.

“The khat used is tsulutsi, with different sizes, there are small ones and big ones,” he said.

“The words Allahu Rabbi, Hasbiyallah and Allahu Rabbi are written at the top,” he continued.

On the other side is the text of the verse Qad naraa taqalluba wajhika fis-samaa’. On the edge is an inscription of the letter Al Fatihah.

“The kiswah of the Kaaba door preserved in Majma’ Malik Abdul Aziz was made in Mecca, a gift from Malik Fahd bin Abdul Aziz in 1411 H,” he explained.

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