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Mecca's ulemas give Anies Baswedan Kiswah pieces

Sabtu 10 June 2017 10:13 WIB

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Jakarta governor-elect, Anies Baswedan

Jakarta governor-elect, Anies Baswedan

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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The Jakarta governor-elect, Anies Baswedan, received gifts of Kiswah pieces, or the cloth that covers the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, from Mecca's ulemas, a spokesperson has said.

The Kiswah was taken from Multazam (place of clinging), which is an area of the Ka'ba between the Black Stone and the door of the Ka'ba, where pilgrims seek to pray at the site since it is an efficacious place.

Naufal Firman Yursak, spokesperson for Anies Baswedan, said here on Friday that Anies was invited to a dinner party by a number of scholars and public figures from the city of Mecca after performing the non-obligatory prayer "Tarawih". Many things were discussed at the meeting.

"The Mecca ulemas handed over a piece of Kiswah following the dinner party," Naufal disclosed.

The piece given to Anies is a calligraphy reading Yaa Hayyu Yaa Qayum, measuring 80 x 60 cm.

The Ka'ba blanket was made of pure silk with a black color. While calligraphy embroidery thread is made of a soft wire coated with gold and silver which forms the calligraphy or ornamentation.

After giving kiswah, the ulemas advised Anies. The message was that the kiswah is a reminder of the Baitullah (Ka'ba) that man is a creature, and must worship Allah (God Almighty), Naufal explained. 

"Later, while performing the job as a governor, what is done is part of the worship," Naufal quoted the Mecca's ulemas as saying.

In addition, Syekh Khalid al Hamudi, one of the noted ulemas in Mecca, gave a set of Al-Qur'an to Anies. 

The Qur'an given to Anies is special because the cover is also part of the Kiswah. The aroma was very typical of Ka'bah perfume. And the message is "To always practice the Al-Qur'an," Naufal added.

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