Images and videos being shared on social media showed the Kaaba’s Kiswa – embroidered cloth that wrap around Islam’s most sacred site – being moved out of place due to the high winds in Mecca on Sunday evening.
The ‘Kiswa’ is woven from pure silk, and embellished by gold-plated thread illustrating verses from the Quran. It is classified as a work of Islamic art produced by top-skilled craftsmen.
The Kaaba is dressed in its new Kiswa on the Day of Arafat every year. During the same day, the Grand Mosque is usually empty because all the pilgrims are gathered at Mount Arafat where they will spend most of the day in prayers.