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The Kiswa: The story behind the covering of the holy Kaaba

The Kiswa: The story behind the covering of the holy Kaaba

MAKKAH: On behalf of King Salman, Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal on Wednesday handed over the Kaaba Kiswa (black cloth) to the senior caretaker of the Kaaba, Saleh bin Zain Al-Abidin Al-Shaibi. The Kiswa will be replaced on the ninth day of the month of Dul Hijjah, following in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad and his companions.

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The Afghans in ‘Ceylon’ – Our amazing history

Sri Lanka experienced major waves of immigration during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when throngs of immigrants from India & other British colonies took up residence on the island. Indentured labourers from the erstwhile Madras Presidency & Malabar, who were recruited to work on the central Hill plantations of tea, rubber & coffee, constituted the greatest proportion of this group, followed …

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Hijra: Start of Islamic history

In “Destiny Disrupted,” author Tamim Ansary considers the history of the world through Islamic eyes. Starting from the same cradle of civilization, he explains how Western and Muslim perceptions of civilization diverged into two separate universes – and how they are merging again in today’s geopolitical scene. In between, however, they had passed through different – and yet strangely parallel …

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