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The Writing on the Kiswah of the Holy Ka'bah
The kiswah is woven from pure, raw silk. dyed black, and with the following statements woven into it:
(i) There ii no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
(ii) Allah is the Great, Powerful and Sublime.
(iii) Praise and Glory be to Allah.
(iv) Praise be to My Glorious Lord.
(v) O, You Compassionate! O, You Benefactor!
All these are repeatedly written over the cloth in a zigzag pattern.
The length of the cloth is 14.5 metres. On the upper third, the-s the belt of the kiswah, which is 95 centimetres wide. Under the belt on the comers, Surat ? Al-lkhlas is inscribed on an embellished square of ,3 Islamic designs. At the same height, under the belt, as well, six Qur'anic verses are written inside separate, rectangular, embroidered frames. In between these framed Qur'anic verses. the following Divine Names; are worked in lamp-shaped outlines:
(i) O, You the Sustainer, the Everliving!
(ii) O, You the Merciful, the Compassionate!
(iii) Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds.
All work under the belt is inscribed in compound, Thulth calligraphy, embroidered in raised form and covered by gilded silver thread. These pieces were introduced during the flourishing Saudi era. (16, p. 76)
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