Here’s How The Holy Kaaba Is Washed Twice A Year

Hera Shabbir
The Deputy Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah along with officials from the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque washed the Holy Kaaba today on August 2, 2023. The holy site is washed twice a year, once in the month of Muharram and secondly during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Kiswah cloth was also lifted from the bottom in order to perform the washing (ghusl) of the Kaabah

The process of washing actually starts a day before the set date, where officials mix ZamZam water with Taif rose water, oud, and other luxurious perfumes. Towels and luxury cotton cloths are then used to wipe the walls of the Kaaba. After visitors leave the site, the marble floor is also washed.

The interiors of the Holy Kaaba are cleaned with a white luxurious cotton cloth dipped in rose and musk scented perfumes


ZamZam water mixed with rosewater is also splashed on the floor, and then wiped with hands and palm leaves. The process takes around two hours, and is completed with the roof being covered in green silk. Fun fact, the water and liquid is poured in beautiful silver cups and glasses.

The total list of materials needed to wash the Kaaba are listed below: 

• 40 liters of Zamzam water
• Zamzam water mixed with with 540 ml of Taif rose water
• 24 ml  Taif rose oil
• 24 ml  Oud oil
• 3 ml of musk to perfume the walls and floor of the Kaaba
• 5 liters of the Kaaba perfuming mixture
• Half a kilo of fine agarwood
• Pieces of luxurious cotton cloth and towels

Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is usually there during the washing ceremony and has given a helping hand in the process

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