Salams and Greetings SSS Visitors.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha and Happy Holidays.
A bit off topic but did you know that the Holy Kaabah changes its cover once a year?
Shaikh Saleh Bin Abdul Rahman Al Hussain, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has handed over the new cover (kiswa) of the holy ka’abah to Abdul Aziz Al Shaibi, senior keeper of the ka’abah .
The holy ka’abah is draped in a new kiswa every year during the Hajj season on the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah. This kiswa is made up of three parts: a sitaar (curtain) of the ka’abah door, an inner lining curtain inside the ka’abah and a hizam (belt). It consists of 47 pieces of cloth and each piece is 14 meters long and 101 cm wide and it is wrapped around the ka’abah and fixed to the ground with copper rings.
The kiswa is made of approximately 670kg of pure white silk and it costs more than 20 million Saudi riyals. Skilled craftsmen has embroidered this new cover with gold and silver threads to create calligraphy using verses from the noble Quran.
The holy Ka’abah will be adorned with the new cover on Arafat Day, Dhul-Hijjah 9 and after that it will be washed once more as it was washed before the holy month of Ramadan.
As a parting note, allow us to share with you Prophet Muhammad’s Last Sermon delivered during the wukuf of Arafah
This sermon was delivered on the Ninth Day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H. in the ‘Uranah valley of Mount Arafat’ (in Mecca).
After praising, and thanking Allah he said:
“O People, lend me an attentive ear, for I know not whether after this year, I shall ever be amongst you again. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and TAKE THESE WORDS TO THOSE WHO COULD NOT BE PRESENT HERE TODAY.
O People, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as Sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your LORD, and that HE will indeed reckon your deeds. ALLAH has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived. Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer any inequity. Allah has Judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to Abbas ibn ‘Abd’al Muttalib (Prophet’s uncle) shall henceforth be waived…
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things, so beware of following him in small things.
O People, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. Remember that you have taken them as your wives only under Allah’s trust and with His permission. If they abide by your right then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to be unchaste.
O People, listen to me in earnest, worship ALLAH, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to.
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to yourselves.
Remember, one day you will appear before ALLAH and answer your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.
All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness, O ALLAH, that I have conveyed your message to your people”.
Drive safely everyone and hope that you’ll have a wonderful mid-week break.