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Al Arabiya English @AlArabiya_Eng
Rare picture shows the #Kaaba without its ‘kiswah’ covering ara.tv/v9hxf pic.twitter.com/SBzHEPT7HY
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In 1940, a rare picture of the Kaaba’s red brick exterior was taken before it was adorned with its kiswah. This cover, also known as the kiswah, cost 22 million Riyals and took 10 months of hard labor to construct.

The kiswah is made in Saudi Arabia using pure silk that weighs about 670 kilograms, 10 kilograms of which are silver-plated pure gold silk string-like wires. These wires form the manuscript verses on the cladding’s belt.

The kiswah is made up of 47 rolls, each with a length of 14 meters, and a width of 95 centimeters. Below the kiswah’s belt some Quranic verses read: “O living, O ye, O mercy, O merciful, Praise be to God, Lord of the worlds.”

Abu Abdurrahman @DaRandomAkh
The Kiswah (Black Cloth) which covers the Kaaba in the making ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Llt8aLPjLi
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Rebexy @Maxo11x
I'm so sorry if I offend but I don't know how big this is pic.twitter.com/mIufadkquV
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Mia @miestasmia
@Maxo11x It's a pretty damn big deal actually
Mia @miestasmia
@Maxo11x The Kaaba is the most sacred site in Islam. It's considered to be the home of Allah. They change the curtains (the Kiswah) once a year […]
Mia @miestasmia
@Maxo11x on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the day pilgrims head to the plains at Mount Arafat during the Hajj, which is […]
Mia @miestasmia
@Maxo11x It has a historic meaning. It's been a tradition since before Muhammad. Muhammad took part in the draping sometime around 630 AD
Mia @miestasmia
@Maxo11x Yeah I find it really fascinating and I'm not even a Muslim xD
زيتون ازهام @ZaitonNg
May Allah Forgive Their sins & grant them Jannatul-Firdous, InshaAllah pic.twitter.com/889j7zIuXT #kiswah #kaaba #makkah #umrah_season
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