The Holy Kaaba Door – Jannat Ka Darwaza
The Kiswah is the robe that covers the Holy Kaaba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The Kiswah is made of Silky Velvet fabric with pure Gold and Silver threads that are used in the calligraphy on the robe. The verses depicted in the Kiswah calligraphy are derived from the Holy Qura’n, the Holy book of Muslims with Commandments, Restrictions, Guidelines and Instructions from Allah for Mankind.
The Kiswa is composed of three parts: a Sitaar (curtain) of the Holy Kaaba Door, an inner Lining Curtain inside the Holy Kaaba and a Hizam (the belt). It is manufactured at the Kiswah factory, which is located in Makkah’s Umm Al-Joud suburb. More than 240 people work in the factory. Skilled craftsmen use a combination of the latest technology, ancient looms and artistic calligraphy to produce a work of exotic beauty.
The Kiswah is 658 square meters in size and is made of 670 kilograms of pure white silk, which is later dyed black and about 150 kilograms of pure gold. Expert artisans embroider the cloth with gold and silver threads to create calligraphy depicting verses from the Qur’an. The Kiswah consists of 47 pieces of clothes and each piece is 14 meters long and 101 centimeters wide. The Kiswah is wrapped around the Holy Kaaba and fixed to the ground with copper rings and is considered one of the most exquisite works of Islamic art.
The Holy Kaaba is draped with a new Kiswah every year during the Haj, in the month of Dhu-al-Hijjah. Every year the old Kiswah is removed, cut into small pieces and gifted to certain individuals, visiting foreign Muslim dignitaries and organizations. Some of them sell their share as souvenirs of Hajj. Earlier Umar bin al-Khattab would cut the Kiswah in to pieces and distribute them among the pilgrims who used them as shelter from the heat of Makkah. The present cost of making the Kiswah amounts to more than 20 million Saudi Arabian Riyals (1 US Dollar = 3.75 Saudi Arabian Riyals).
My wife wanted the up-close view of the Kiswah portion that covers the entrance door of the Holy Kaaba also known as ‘Sitaar’ in a large photo frame that we could hang on one of the beautiful walls in our home. I looked everywhere to see if I can purchase one but No luck, so I decided to make one myself. I purchased a 28 inches by 22 inches photo frame from Michaels Craft Shop ($35) and headed to WalMart and got the actual Kiswah ‘Sitaar’ printed in a large print format on Kodak photo paper ($22), their standard size was 30 inches by 24 inches so I ended up trimming the large printed photo about 1 inch on all four sides.
It looks really beautiful in our home and I want to share the large format digital file with everyone who wants to print one for themselves. It is NOT necessary that you print yours as large as mine, you can print it on a 4×6 or 8×10 or any size your heart desires.
To download the picture file, just right click on the following link and choose ‘Save Link As…’ or ‘Save Target As…’ and the file will start downloading onto your computer. Please be patient as the file is more than 22 Megabytes, the download may take a long time if you have a slow internet connection. The picture dimensions are 300 dpi, 7200 x 9000 pixels, CMYK.
Please feel free to share this blog post with all Muslim brothers and sisters around the world (Facebook, Twitter or post to your own blog etc.) and have them read this post first and let them download this beautiful Kiswah ‘Sitaar’.
Permalink to share:
Please leave a comment and share your experience.
~ Always be Happy ~