Ka’abah washed by Governor of Makkah

July 23, 2009

On behalf of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Makkah Governor Prince Khalid Al-Faisal washed the Holy Ka’abah today. In accordance with tradition, he cleansed the floor and walls of the Ka’abah with a mixture of Zamzam water and rosewater using white pieces of cloth. Then, he performed the ritual circling of the structure. Saudi government officials, as well as a number of Muslim diplomats, took part in the event.

The Ka’abah is washed twice a year, once before the holy month of Ramadan and once during the Hajj pilgrimage. It takes the equivalent of about five gallons of rosewater mixed into about forty-seven gallons of Zamzam water to complete the cleansing process.