Custodian of Holy Kaaba passes away

Dr Saleh was 109th key holder of the Kaaba

News Desk June 23, 2024


Dr Saleh bin Zain al-Abidin Al-Shaibi, the long-time custodian and key holder of the Holy Kaaba, has passed away after a protracted illness, according to Saudi media.

Dr Saleh was the 109th key holder of the Kaaba. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed their condolences over his sad demise.

Dr Saleh had visited Pakistan last year for a six-day tour, during which he met with top leadership.

The honour of serving as the custodian of the Kaaba has been held by the al-Shaibi family for centuries.

The duties of this sacred role include the care and maintenance of the Kaaba, opening and closing its doors, washing it, preparing and repairing the Kiswa (the covering of the Kaaba) as needed.


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