MAKKAH (Dunya News) - The annual ceremony to change Ghilaf-e-Kaaba was held at Masjid al-Haram in Saudi Arabia where millions of Muslims have gathered to perform Hajj.
At least 150kg pure gold and silver whereas 670kg Resham have been used in making the cover worth $60 lac. Governor Makkah, Saudi officials and other significant personalities attended the ceremony.
The covering cloth of the Kaaba, known as Kiswa, is changed on 9th Zilhaj every year on the day of Arafat.
On the other hand, about two million faithful from around the globe are performing Hajj. They will leave for Waqoof-e-Arafat today which is the Rukan-e-Azam of Hajj.
The pilgrims spent Wednesday night at Mina under the open sky before moving to the rocky hill where they believe the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) gave his final sermon 14 centuries ago after leading his followers on the Hajj.
The pilgrims will listen to the Hajj sermon delivered by the grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia at Masjid-e-Nimra.
After sunset, the pilgrims will leave for Muzdalifah located half-way between Arafat and Mina, where they will stay for a night and offer prayers.
About one hundred thousand police have been deployed to secure pilgrimage sites.
Hajj is among the five pillars of Islam and every capable Muslim must perform it at least once in a lifetime.