This forms part of a series written by Dr Salim Parker, the hajj doctor. More stories can be found on his blog site hajjdoctor.co.za ‘I worship the same Creator as them. I pray in the same direction as them and in fact often stand shoulder to shoulder with them, ensuring[…]
As is the custom every year during the Haj season, the Kiswa (the black cloth covering the Kaaba) has been folded up from the ground by three meters. The folded portion of the Kiswa has been covered on all four sides with a white cloth approximately two meters wide. Director[…]
The emergency security plan launched by the special security forces at the Grand Mosque during a light rainfall on Tuesday was successful as it helped prevent stampedes and other accidents, said Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Osaimi, commander of special forces. “We controlled the flow of pilgrims toward the circumambulation area around[…]
As the climax of the Hajj season has come and sadly gone, the many hujjaj will be leaving the sacred lands over the next few days taking with them ever lasting memories. On Monday, hujjaj performed their Tawaf Al Wida (Farewell Tawaf) around the Kaaba in Makkah as they sealed[…]
As the build up to the five days of hajj begins, the emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal handed over the kiswa (cover) of the Holy Kaaba to Saleh Al-Shaibi, senior keeper of Kaaba, at a ceremony held at his emirate[…]
Security forces at the Grand Mosque in Makkah said that the man they had arrested next to the Kaaba on Monday evening was trying to kill himself and not attempting to set the sacred cubic structure ablaze as reported. The man, identified by the security forces as a Saudi national[…]
The roof of the Kaaba is held by 49 piece of teak wood brought from Burma and processed in Jeddah. They were evenly distributed on the walls of the Kaaba. Teak tree wood is known for its strength. They grow in tropical forests in Southeast Asia and can reach a[…]
A new Kiswa was put on the Kaaba early on Sunday as pilgrims gathered in Arafat for the climax of the Haj. The Kiswa which is the black embroidered cloth is usually placed on the Kaaba on Arafat day. The Kiswa is made at a special factory with over 100[…]
The holy city will witness on Friday a rare astronomical phenomenon where the sun will be exactly perpendicular above the Kaaba, i.e. the sun will rise by 90 degrees vertically above the House of God. The shadows will disappear for a slight period. This event will allow people to define the[…]
Muslims all over the world watched the annual custom of changing the Kiswa on Wednesday morning. The changing of the kiswa, the black cloth with golden embroidery covering the Kaaba, took place after Fajr (dawn) prayer by 86 technicians and embroiders, . Officials from the Presidency of the Affairs of[…]
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