MAKKAH – Indicating the start of this year hajj season, Saudi officials raised Ka`bah kiswa (specially decorated garment), on Saturday, July 29, as a precautionary measure to prevent people from damaging it during the pilgrimage season.
The kiswa, in the previous years, was normally raised on the first day of Dhul Hijjah as an announcement of the advent of the rite and an indication of the beginning of the holy days, Al-Arabiya reported.
Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Mansouri, the director general of the King Abdul Aziz Complex for the Kaaba, said that the general presidency has been following the plan for this year’s 2018 Hajj season and carried out the usual routine of changing the Kaaba’s Kiswa.
Muslims from around the world pour into Makkah every year to perform hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj consists of several rituals, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform hajj at least once in a lifetime.
Hajj is officially expected to fall this year between Sunday, 19th of August 2018 and will continue till Friday, 24th of August 2018.