TE24 International Desk:
RIYADH – In a change of tradition, a new shroud was installed at Mecca’s holy Kaaba shrine on Saturday morning, marking the start of the new Islamic calendar year 1444.
Kiswa is exchanged annually during the pilgrimage to Mecca. It’s complete. Specifically, it coincided with Eid al-Adha on the morning of 9 Durhijah after the pilgrims went to Mount Arafat to prepare for worshipers the next morning.
Last month, the Saudi presidential palace announced that it would change the tradition of the two holy mosques so that the annual ceremony takes place on the eve of Muharram, the first day of the Hijri calendar.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head custodian of the Two Saints Mosque, said the change would be based on the king’s decision. According to the Saudi Press Agency, the kiswah change was made early Saturday by a team of 200 Saudi engineers at the King Abdulaziz Complex to build its kiswah on the Kaaba under the supervision of Sheikh Sudais. It is held. explanation
The process, SPA reported: “The new Kiswah consisted of four separate sides and the door screens were attached to it. Each of the four sides of the Kaaba was lifted separately to the top of the Kaaba and spread over the old side, the rope being loosened. The old side.
Next, I fixed the top side by tying off the other end of the side and discarding it. Leave a new side from the bottom, repeat this process 4 times on each side until the garment is complete and then fasten the waist. Stitched and weighted in a straight line on all four sides.
This operation was first started on the Hem side. It has a groove on top of the garment with its own holes and is attached on all sides. Next, the corners were sewn from top to bottom of the dress. Why? “Technicians at the King Abdulaziz Complex use 47 pieces of fabric and thread to hand and machine knit. Create the Kiswah by stitching and printing. The world’s largest computerized sewing machine, 16 meters long, performs this process.
The cloth is sewn into five separate parts and attached to the base with copper rings. About 670 kg of raw silk is dyed black in the factory. The
The Kiswah is decorated with verses of the Quran embroidered on the cloth using 120 kg of its 21 kg gold thread and 100 kg silver thread.
The new 850 kilogram kiswa is estimated to be worth more than 25 million SR or $6.5 million, making it the most expensive cover in the world.