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Man tries to sell fake Kaaba Kiswa for Dh.7.8 million

A man in KSA posted a fake online AD for selling Ka’abah Kiswa for SAR. 8 Million

In an incident that borders on shameless profiteering, a man in Saudi Arabia posted an advertisement online, claiming to be selling an authentic piece of the Kaaba’s Kiswa made in 1412 AH (1991), for 8 million Saudi Riyal (Dh7.8m). 

The man who advertised online used the name of Al-Sheebi Family (Caretakers of Kaaba)

The ad which sported images of the so-called Kiswa piece, used the name of the Al Sheebi family, historically a family of caretakers for the Kaaba, to give it authenticity, reported Medan Al Akhbar.

The man also claimed a false certificate as well which means he is authorized to sell the Kiswa piece

He also claimed that he owned a certificate issued by the Emirate of Makkah Province authorizing him to sell the cloth. The ad was deleted after a newspaper contacted the online advertising agency that had published it. Read more: Story of UAE woman who woke up after 27 Years from Coma

The man posting the ad claimed to be doing so at the behest of an important personality who had authorized him to sell various items of rare and archeological value, as per Makkah report.

The Al Sheebi Family (Caretaker of Ka’aba) denied any relationship with the Man

A spokesperson for the Al Sheebi family denied any ties to the so-called Kiswa piece.

Abdul Malik Al Sheebi said that many con artists use the name of Al Sheebi family to inspire trust in such holy artifacts. Read more: Indian Mother’s prayers bring ‘dead’ son back to the life

No certificate allowing the sale of Ka’abah Kiswa has been issued to anyone 

No certificate which authorizes such sales is issued by the Emirate, said Sultan Al Dosari, a spokesperson from the province. Such claims will be subject to official litigation and thoroughly investigated, Al Dosari warned. 

The actual KISWA remains under the purview of the Saudi government and is stored in protected warehouses after the cloth is replaced. Read more: Nephew of Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal moves his head after 14 years from coma

Replacement of Ka’abah Kiswa is being replaced every year

The replacement takes place every year, like clockwork, on Zul Hijjah 9, one day before Eid Al Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice).

Around 120 KG of Kiswa is removed after it is taken down every year

Once the Kiswa is taken down, artisans proceed to carefully remove the nearly 120kg of gold plated silver wires embroidery on the 670kg black silk covering. The cloth and artifacts are then subjected to preservation techniques that prevent them from succumbing to mildew or other corrosive factors. Read more: Mother saved a falling child from the building

Dr. Mohamed Bagouda, director of the Kaaba Kiswa factory, said that their job entails the production of a new Kiswa every year and handing over the old Kiswa to the preservation committees. Many such ads were reported over the years, claiming to sell authentic pieces of the Kiswa, he added. 

Many such counterfeit cloth items are commonly produced in India, Egypt, Turkey, London (UK), and Paris (France).

How one can verify the Authenticity of the Kiswa?

There are six criteria by which authorities determine the Kiswa cloth is authentic:

  1. The history of the cloth.
  2. Tracking how the current owner came to own it.
  3. Ownership papers/documents and their authenticity.
  4. Comparison between the cloth and a verified artifact.
  5. Analyzing the composite materials – the cloth or wire.
  6. The integrity of the cloth and its general presentation.

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Source: Khaleej Times

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