The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK, a national Hajj/Umrah specific organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of the Pilgrims, welcomes the team of Kiswa (cover of Ka’bah) experts from Makkah Al-Mukarramah, Saudi Arabia to London. These experts are giving a live demonstration of the preparation of the Kiswa at the Hajj Exhibition of its kind held at British Museum, London.
This extremely successful exhibition was officially opened by Prince Charles and Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia. It is providing an opportunity specifically to the indigenous population in the UK and Europe to understand more about the spiritual journey of Hajj Pilgrimage which is a fundamental part of Muslim faith.
This once in a lifetime opportunity of a live demonstration by the Kiswa experts in the UK will enhance the interest and increase the number of visitors to the Hajj Exhibition. Kiswa is the cloth that covers the Ka’bah. It is draped annually on the 9th day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the day pilgrims leave for the plains of Mount Arafat during the Hajj. It has been considered a great honour, throughout Islamic history, by Muslims to be able to contribute towards the covering of the Ka’bah with the Kiswa- its drape.
For a number of years, the Kiswa used to be manufactured in Egypt and other Islamic countries. Later, its manufacture was moved to Saudi Arabia when King Abdul-Aziz bin Saud, the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, ordered the establishment of a factory for the manufacture of Kiswa in Makkah.
“This unique Hajj Exhibition and other relevant cultural activities, with the help of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are highly appreciated and welcomed by the British Muslim Community. These efforts will send a positive message to the indigenous population in UK and Europe towards Islam to remove any misconceptions that they may have. It will help to create a better relationship between Muslim world and the West and promote peace and harmony amongst different factions of the society in UK and Europe”, said Khalid Pervez, General Secretary of Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK.