Year after year, for centuries Muslims from all over the world have made their way to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for pilgrimages, both Major (Hajj) or Minor (Umrah). Millions and millions of Muslims who go for pilgrimage every year are those who are fortunate enough to lay their eyes on the Holy Kaaba amongst the other Islamic sites in the Kingdom. Even though so many people who have either been living near or in the Kingdom or have made way to the Kingdom to pay homage to the Holy Kaaba, very few people actually know what is written on the cover of the Holy Kaaba. Many people are aware of the scripture written in gold on the cover of the Kaaba however not many pay close attention to the black on black printing on the cover of the Holy Kaaba.
The cover of the Holy Kaaba is called Kiswa in the Arabic language and annually in the 9th Islamic month of Dhull Hajj it is draped over the Holy Kaaba. The Kiswa has been made by stitching together 47 strip of cloth, each strip of cloth being approximately 14 cm long and 101 cm in width. In total there are three rows of horizontal text which is repeated and is in the Arabic Language. The first row of the writing reads Ya Allah along with two of Allah’s many names Ya Hannan on the right side and Ya Mannan on the left side. The literal meaning of Hannan would be the one who is merciful towards his servants and the meaning of Mannan would be the one who is tremendous in giving.
In the row after that you can see the basic principle of Islam printed i.e. La Illa Ha Illala Muhammad Ur Rasul Allah which means that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah. In the very last row praise is given to Allah as Subhan Allahi Wa Bi Hamdahi Subhan Allahil Azeem. This translates to Allah is free from any imperfection and all praise be to Him. Allah is free from all imperfection, the Greatest.
Even though many Muslims who might be reading this article must have visited the Holy Kaaba at least once in their life time, it is very unfortunate that many of them do not know about this. Those who do know about this have indeed spent their time wisely.
These days taking a selfie at short intervals or even nonstop or checking in through Facebook has become more important during pilgrimage rather than completely and totally devoting your mind and your time to Allah, to seek his forgiveness for any sins that you may have committed knowingly or unknowingly and to pray to Allah for a better brighter future not only for yourself, your family or your friends but for the entire Muslim Ummah wherever they might be around the world and whatever persecution they might be facing at the hands of the disbelievers.
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