Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, was given the opportunity to join a team of embroiderers who work on the Kiswa, the black cloth that covers Kabaa, Islam’s holiest site.
Babar Azam received the honor during his Umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. On Instagram, he posted a video of him doing needlepoint on the Ghilaf-e-Kaaba with gold thread.
“Kiswah – Ghilaafe Ka’aba!” Thank you, Allah SWT, for this wonderful honour and chance. Insha Allah, this will be part of the Next Kiswah on the beloved Ka’aba Shareef,” he wrote in the description.
Every year on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Zul Haj, the day pilgrims leave for the plains of Mount Arafat for the Hajj, the Kiswa is draped.
15 kilogram of gold threads are estimated to be used in the needlework. It is made up of 47 pieces of cloth, each measuring 14 meters long and 101 centimeters broad.