The covering of the Kaaba.
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
1) Since when the
Kaba is being covered
2) whaat is the cost of it.
3) Does all muslim countries take part in making it.
4) What happens with the old Kaba cover some part of its gold and silver being reused or given away to poors or people of the country
Jazakallah if you answer with detail
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The covering of the Kaaba
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Q-1: Since when the Kaba is being covered
There are a few historians who opine that the Kiswa or the covering of the Holy Kaaba was first introduced by Prophet Ismail (a.s.) himself, while a few others are of the opinion that the great-great grandfather of Prophet Mohamed (saws), Adnan bin Ad first introduced the Kiswa.
The absolute majority of the historians are of the opinion
that the Kiswa was first introduced as the covering of the Holy Kaaba by
Tabban Asaad, the pagan king of
Q-2: whaat is the cost of it.
A special factory is established in the city of
The cost of making the Kiswa is reported to be approximately 17 million Saudi Riyals or US$4.6 million.
Q-3: Does all muslim countries take part in making it.
To the best of our knowledge, the current guardians of the Sacred Mosques, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia alone have taken the responsibility of making the Kiswa and no other muslim nations take part in its making.and Allah Alone Knows Best.
Q-4: What happens with the old Kaba cover some part of its gold and silver being reused or given away to poors or people of the country
It is reported that during the Caliphate of Hadrat Umar ibn Al-Khattab (r.a.), he would order that the removed Kiswa be cut into several small pieces and distributed amongst the pilgrims who would use them as a shelter from the heat of Makkah.
In present times, every year when the old Kiswa is removed, it is cut into small pieces and gifted by the guardians of the Sacred Mosque to visiting Muslim foreign dignitaries, organizations, and or believers of their choice. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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