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Kiswah Factory

Kiswah factory The Kiswah in the reign of Muhammad (PBUH)
Muhammad (PBUH) and the Muslims in Makkah did not participate in the draping of the Kaaba until the conquest of the city at 630 CE (7 AH), as the ruling tribe, Quraish, did not allow them to do so. When Makkah was taken by the Muslims, they decided to leave the Kiswah as it was until woman lighting incense in the Kaaba accidentally burned the Kiswah. Muhammad (PBUH) then draped it with a white Yemeni cloth.

Kiswah in the reign of the Caliphs

Many notable Caliphs have had their share of ruling over the kiswah. For instance, Muawiyah 1 used to drape the Kaaba twice a year, along with the help of Abd-Allah ibn al-Zubayr, and Abd al-Malik. They brought the traditional silk covering in to effect. Another Caliph is Al-Nasir, the Abbasid Caliph, notable to his contribution on starting the tradition of dressing the Kaaba with one Kiswah at a time, instead of the now out dated "Accumulation Kiswah", the process of putting new kiswahs on the older one. When the Abbasid Caliph performed Hajj in 160 AH, he saw that the accumulated Kiswah could cause damage to the Kaaba itself. He therefore decreed that only one Kiswah should drape the Kaaba at any one time, and this had been observed ever since. The Caliph Al-Mamoon, draped the Kaaba three times a year, each time with a different color, Red for the eighth Dhu al-Hijjah, White gabati on the first of Rajab, and another Red brocade on the twenty-ninth of Ramadan. Later on, Caliph Al-Nasir the Abbaside draped the Kaaba with Green, both Caliph AI Nasir and Caliph Al-Mamoon disagreed on the frequent color changes, and decided after that to change the color into black, and black it remains to this day. He therefore decreed that only one Kiswah should drape the Kaaba at any one time, and this had been observed ever since.

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Kiswah made by Egypt
From the time of the Ayubids, precisely during the regin of the Al-Salih Ayyub, the kiswa was being manufactured in Egypt. It was being sent in a huge annual parade before the hajj season. Material for the kiswah was brought from Sudan, India, Egypt and Iraq. The tradition continued until the 1960s where King Abdul Aziz Bin Saud established the kiswah factory. This decision was influenced by the worsening relations between the Nasser regime of Egypt and the government of Saudi Arabia in addition to the worsening quality of the Egyptian made kiswah.

Kiswah in the Saudi reign

King Abdul Aziz Bin Saud, concerned for the custody of the two holy Mosques, ordered a factory for manufacturing the Kiswah and in the same year, the Holy Kabah Kiswah factory was founded, and the first Kiswah was produced.

The House of ALLAH in Makkah. The Kaa'ba is covered by a black cloth known as 'Kiswa', which is produced & changed every year. Special factory designed for the making of Kiswa in Makkah. It costs approx. SR 17 million.The cloth is made of 670kgs of silver dyed black, about 120kgs of pure gold & 50kgs of silver used in writing the Qur'anic verses over the cloth. The total area of the cloth is 658 sqr meter.


Makkah Ziarat


Mina

This is an open ground three miles to the east of Makkah called Mina. There are three Jamarats in this ground, representing Shaitan. These are called Jumrah-tul-Sugrah, Jumrah-tul-Wusta, and Jumrah-tul-Aqbah. Hajis stay at Mina for three nights during Hajj.

Muzdalifah

This ground is located roughly five miles from Arafat towards Mina. Muzdalifa is also called Mashar-al-Haraam. Pilgrims spend the night of 9th Dul-Hajj in this field on their way back from Arafat. They offer Maghrib and Isha prayers combined and then Fajr prayer on the morning of the 10th day of Dhul Hajj at this place.

Arafat

The most important stop during Hajj. On the 9th day of Dul Hajj; pilgrims gather in this great ground which is located about 9 miles to the southeast of Makkah. This ground is called Arafat. Pilgrims stay at this place from the time of Duhr prayer until Maghrib. Jabalu-Rahmat is a small hill that also stands on this ground.

Masjid Mashe'eril Haram

Ancient Mosque in Muzdalifa .

Masjid Al-Nimrah

A beautiful Mosque in Arafat.

Jamaraat Bridge

The area of Jamarat on the plain of Mina is the site of one of the Main rituals of the Hajj, where Muslims stone the devil during the annual pilgrimage. There are three Jamarat pillars, the first (minor) pillar is close to the Al-Khalif Mosque, 155 meters from the first pillar is the second (medium) pillar. The third (major) pillar another 155 meters is known as the pillar of Aqabah. Pilgrims start the stoning with the minor pillar and then move to the medium pillar and the major pillar. The stoning ceremony must be carried out according to pre-determined schedules to present over-crowding and the attendant risks. The Jamarat basin has been expanded from its current circular shape into an oval to allow better access to the pillars. The new arrangements provide separate access and departure routes.

Masjid Al Jinn

This mosque was built on the place where Prophet (PBUH) drew a line for Abdullah bin Mas'ud and recite the Qur'an to the Jinnat.

The Mount of Hira (Gare Hira)

The Mount of Hirah has many blessings; our Prophet (PBUH) used to go there for worship (before Nabuat). The first revolution came to Prophet (PBUH) while he was at this mount. On the top of this mount there is a small cave.

Graveyard (Jannatul Mu'la.)

The most famous graveyard of Makkah, many of the companions, big scholars and many righteous people are buried in this graveyard.




Madinah


Uhud Battle Martyrs Cemetery

At a distance of four kilometeres to the north of masjid nabwi lies cemetery where seventy companions of the Prophet (PBUH) who were killed during the Uhud Battle were buried including Prophet (PBUH) uncle Hamza Abdul Muttalib (may Allah be pleased with him) they were killd in the month of shawwal during the battle of Uhud three years after the hijra. The Porphet (PBUH) used to visit this cemetey now and then.

Masjid Qiblatin ( Two Directions of PREYER) Mosque

Al-Qiblatain Mosque is a historical mosque, it was Salamah form Al-Khazraj tribe . it is located at a distance of five kilometers to the northwest of the masjid Nabwi. It is called Qiblatin because it was reported that companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) performed a single prayer here in two directions (Jerusalem and the Ka'ba) when the verse ordering change of Qibla was revealed.

Masjid Qiblatin ( Two Directions of PREYER) Mosque

Al-Qiblatain Mosque is a historical mosque, it was Salamah form Al-Khazraj tribe . it is located at a distance of five kilometers to the northwest of the masjid Nabwi. It is called Qiblatin because it was reported that companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) performed a single prayer here in two directions (Jerusalem and the Ka'ba) when the verse ordering change of Qibla was revealed.

Al -Jumu'ah ( Friday prayer ) Mosque

This mosque is located at about 900 metres to the north of Quba Mosque, it is so called because he Prophet (PBUH) performed the first congeregational prayer in it when he arrived in Al-Madinah.

QUBA Mosque

Quba Mosque is the first mosque built after advent of Islam .The layout of the mosque was drawn by the Prophet (PBUH) himself when he reched the area of Quba on his way from Makkah at the time of the migration. The Prophet (PBUH) used to visit the mosque usually on Saturdays to pray there. It is stated in the hadeeth :"He who makes ablution at the home and comes to the Mosque of Quba to pray he will have the reward of an umrah".

Al -Meeqaat ( point of ihram ) Mosque

This mosque is located at the western side of Al-Aqeeq Valley at a distance of about twelve kilmometre form the Masjid Nabwi.