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Video: Kaaba’s Kiswa buffeted by high winds in Makkah a day before Youme Arafah

Monday August 20, 2018 1:10 PM, News Network

Makkah Storm Kaaba Kisba

Makkah (Saudi Arabia): Images and videos being shared on social media showed the Kaaba’s Kiswa – embroidered cloth that wrap around Islam’s most sacred site – being moved out of place due to the high winds in Mecca on Sunday evening, Al Arabiya reported.

The ‘Kiswa’ is woven from pure silk, and embellished by gold-plated thread illustrating verses from the Quran. It is classified as a work of Islamic art produced by top-skilled craftsmen.

The Kaaba is dressed in its new Kiswa on Youme Arafah - the Day of Arafat, every year. During the same day, the Grand Mosque is usually empty because all the pilgrims are gathered at Mount Arafat where they will spend most of the day in prayers.

Accordingly, the annual ritual of changing Kiswa (Ghilaf-e-Kaaba) is scheduled for early Monday morning.

The new Kiswa has been prepared with an estimated cost of 200,000 Riyal. It is woven from 670kg pure silk fiber, embellished by 120kg gold and 100kg silver-plated thread illustrating verses from the Holy Quran.

Meanwhile, the flow of pligrims from Mina to Araft is also delayed because of strong winds and dust storm. Earlier, more than 02 million pilgrims from over 150 countries arrived in the tent city of Mina on Sunday. As part of the Hajj ritual, they need to stand on plains of Mount Arafat today till sun set.

After staying in Arafat for the whole day, Hajo pilgrims will move to Muzadelfah and then to Mina again on Tuesday morning for the ritual stoning of devil and animal sacrifice.

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