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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, issued his approval to wash the Holy Kaaba for this year tomorrow (Thursday), while adhering to the precautionary measures. While the Prince of Makkah, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, is acting on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in washing the Kaaba. In the following report, we review the most important points that you want to know about washing the Kaaba.
Why wash the Kaaba?
The Holy Kaaba is washed, following the example of the Sunnah of the Prophet, when the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, entered it on the day of the conquest of Mecca; Washing them and purifying them from idols, which was what the rightly-guided caliphs after him continued to do, without setting a date for washing during the year.
Washing timing: Since the establishment of the Kingdom at the hands of King Abdulaziz Al Saud, it has been customary to wash the Kaaba twice a year, the first in the month of Muharram, at the beginning of the Hijri year, and the second on the first day of Shaaban, in preparation for receiving pilgrims. The Sunnah is on Muharram 15, in compliance with the existing projects and the blessed expansion, in order to preserve the safety of the pilgrims of the Sacred House of God, and to facilitate them in performing their rituals.
Washing tools: Usually, the inside of the Kaaba is washed with 45 liters of Zamzam water, 50 tola of Taif rose and luxurious Cambodian oud. In previous statements, the General Director of Cleaning and Furnishings at the Grand Mosque, Engineer Muhammad Al-Wagdani, revealed that the tools used to wash the Holy Kaaba are all plated with silver, and consist of 4 gallons with a capacity of 10 liters, containing the washing mixture that consists of 4 tons of luxurious Oud oil. In addition to a group of toilat of Taif rose and amber, which is mixed with Zamzam water, and 4 straw brooms with silver handles are used, which are used to sweep freckles and impurities inside the Kaaba before washing. 4 other brooms with silver knobs are used, which are used to wipe the walls of the Kaaba in high places and far from reach, and 4 pads with wooden handles are used to wipe the floors of the Kaaba and dry the washing water with it.
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