Makkah: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Governor of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal washed the holy Kaaba and Maqam Ibrahim in the Grand Holy Mosque with Zamzam mixed with rose water on Sunday morning.
On behalf of Custodian of Two holy mosques, King Salman, Prince Khaled led the ceremony of washing Kaaba. Many princes, ministers, officials, citizens etc took part in the ceremony of washing kaaba. The Kaaba washing is a tradition which takes place twice a year.
“We washed the Kaaba from the inside using 45 liters of Zamzam water” said Sheikh Saleh Bin Zainalabdeen Al-Shaibi, the main caretaker of the Kaaba. He opened the door of the Kaaba for the washing after dawn prayers.
Al- Sahaibi said that it took two hours to wash the inside of the Kaaba. He also said that praying inside the Kaaba is a great honor as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself had prayed inside.
“We also washed the Maqam Ibrahim, where the footprints of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) are imprinted. We cleaned the Maqam using Zamzam” said Al-Shaibi.
Talking about the key to the gate of the Kaaba, he said that the key is 25-cm long and he is only authorized to open the Kaaba for washing.