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Kiswa/Covering On The Kaaba Shareef

Question

I have a question about the kiswa covering of the ka’ba. Why is there a covering for the ka’ba and was there a kiswa in the days of our beloved Nabee (sallalhu alaihi wasalm)

Answer

There are a number of opinions recorded in regards to the covering of the Ka’aba Sharif. However, we have recorded some of the opinions from Fathul Baari. Hafez Ibn Hajar (Rahmatullahi alaih) has written in Fathul Baari that according to some Ulama the first to cover the Ka’aba Sharif was Ibrahim Alaihis-Salaam, whilst others have said that Adnaan was the first to cover the Ka’aba Sharif with a leather mat. 

According to Allama Waaqidi (Rahmatullahi alaih), the Ka’aba Sharif was covered during the days of Jaahiliyya with a leather mat, then Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam covered it with a Yemeni cloth. Thereafter it was covered by Hadhrat Umar Radhiallahu Anhu and Hadhrat Uthman Radhiallahu Anhu and many years later, it was covered by Hajjaj Bin Yusuf with silk. 

From the above explanation it is clear that the Ka’aba Sharif was covered in the time of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam but no apparent reason has been mentioned for placing a Kiswa/covering on the Ka’aba Sharif.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

References

وزعم بعض علمائنا أن أول من كسا الكعبة إسماعيل عليه السلام وحكى الزبير بن بكار عن بعض علمائهم أن عدنان أول من وضع أنصاب الحرم وأول من كسا الكعبة أو كسيت في زمنه وحكى البلاذري أن أول من كساها الأنطاع عدنان بن أد وروى الواقدي أيضا عن إبراهيم بن أي ربيعة قال كسى البيت في الجاهلية الأنطاع ثم كساه رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم الثياب اليمانية ثم كساه عمر وعثمان القباطي ثم كساه الحجاج الديباج (فتح الباري) 


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