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Holy Kaaba Washed
MAKKAH: Governor of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, washed the Kaaba on 14-July-2010.
A number of Muslim scholars, government officials, dignitaries and diplomats attended the event, which takes place twice a year on the 15th of Shabaan (the month preceding the fasting month of Ramadan) and in mid-Muharram (the month after Dhul Hijjah when Muslims perform Haj).
The House of God is given a new Kiswa (covering) on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah when pilgrims proceed to Arafat for the main event of the Haj.
The washing ritual of the Kaaba begins with the performance of two raka’hs inside the cuboidal structure. The interior walls will then be cleaned with rose, oud and musk perfumes using white cloth. Zamzam water mixed with rose perfume will then be splashed on the floor and then wiped with bare hands and palm leaves.
Before entering the Kaaba to do the washing, Prince Khaled circumambulated the Kaaba seven times (Tawaf) during which he will touch the Black Stone. He will then receive the key to the Kaaba presented in a bag made of green velvet from its custodian (Bani Shayba). On entering the House of God, the prince will perform two raka’hs on a marble sheet, the spot where it is believed that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) prayed.
The washing ceremony began after the guests have exited. The marble floor and the walls were washed with Zamzam water mixed with rose perfume.
After the cleaning, the floor and the walls were dried again with white cloth and tissues. The walls are then perfumed using large quantities of oud and rose perfume. The Kaaba was then be incensed.
The Kaaba is 14 meters high from the eastern side, 12.11 meters from the western and southern sides, and 11.28 meters from the northern side. Its inside floor is laid with colored marble. Its ceilings are supported by three wooden columns, each with a diameter of 44 cm.
The structure has two ceilings, a lower one and an upper one. Its inside walls are covered with curtains made of green velvet that are changed once every three years. The top of the upper roof has a vent, which is 127 cm long and 104 cm wide to allow sunlight to enter. This vent is covered with strengthened glass and is opened during the washing ceremony. The vent can be reached via a glass staircase of 50 steps.
The door of the Kaaba is made of wood and covered with 280 kg of pure gold. It is 310 cm in height and 190 cm in width. The length of the Kaaba’s key is 40 cm. The door is erected 225 cm above ground level.
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The Kaaba —also known as House of ALLAH! which Muslims believe was first built by Adam, then was rebuilt by Abraham and reflects a house in heaven — is mentioned several times in the Quran, Islam’s holy book.
“The first House (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakkah (an older name for Mecca), full of blessing and of guidance for all kinds of beings. In it are signs manifest: the station of Abraham,” according to Chapter 3, verses 96-97.
Embedded in one side of the structure is an ancient, sacred black stone, which, according to tradition, was white when it came to earth and turned black under the burden of man’s sins.
The sacredness of the place gives special significance to the washing ceremony. It is carried out before the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which falls in early September this year, and a day before Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice, which follows less than three months later. The only other time the Kaaba is opened is when Muslim dignitaries — such as a head of state — request to go in.
The ritual, carried out twice a year, offers a peek inside the stark interior of the structure Muslims call the navel of the world. Muslims consider the Kaaba, which stands in the middle of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, as the holiest site in Islam because they believe that God created the universe from the place where it stands.
“The cleaning of the Kaaba is an act of deep worship,” said Omar al-Midwahi of Mecca, the deputy editor of Al-Watan newspaper and a witness to several washings. “Words cannot describe the intensity of emotions a person experiences in the exact place where prophets have stood.”
Barefoot and dressed in traditional long, white robes, the men finished the cleaning ceremony by wiping the marble walls and floors of the small room with scented oils, re-enacting a tradition started by Prophet Muhammad[pbuh] almost 1,400 years ago.
Washing of Kaaba :
The washing of the Kaaba is usually led by the governor of the Mecca region, who performs it on behalf of the king. Saudi monarchs draw their authority from their role as “Custodians of the Two Holy Mosques” in Mecca and Medina, making them central figures in the Muslim world.
Saturday’s ceremony began right after dawn prayers, when members of the al-Shaybi family who have been the Kaaba’s gatekeepers for centuries removed the key to the structure from a green cloth bag.
They then opened the door, which stands six and a half feet above the ground and is accessed by a wooden staircase on wheels, and went in to prepare the cleaning material and utensils.
Saleh al-Shaybi, the deputy gatekeeper, told Okaz newspaper that it takes the equivalent of about 5 gallons of rosewater mixed into about 47 gallons of water to clean the interior. The water is brought from Zamzam, a holy well near the Kaaba. He said the ritual usually takes an hour.
Before leading his guests into the Kaaba, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, appointed Mecca governor last year, and his guests circled the cube seven times. Some dignitaries then prayed over the area inside the Kaaba where prophet Muhammad[pbuh] was believed to have prayed soon after he conquered Mecca in January 630.
Prince Khaled and his guests — members of the royal family, representatives from the religious establishment and Muslim diplomats — picked up brooms to sweep the marble floors. They then took white pieces of cloth that had been soaked in the rosewater mixture to wipe the floors and halfway up the marble walls. The upper part of the walls are covered with green cloth embroidered with Quranic verses.
According to a number of hadiths — traditional stories of the prophet — when prophet Muhammad [pbuh] went into the Kaaba, he found it filled with statues and the walls were covered with pagan drawings, al-Midwahi said. He and his followers proceeded to remove the statues and clean the walls, signaling the first time the Kaaba’s interior had been cleaned by Muslims, he added.
The second washing takes place during the annual pilgrimage of hajj. The ritual will also include a ceremony to replace the kiswa, the black silk cloth with gold-embroidered calligraphy that covers the Kaaba.
The old kiswa is usually cut up into small pieces and given as gifts to dignitaries.
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