Bani Shaiba

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The Bani Shaiba (Arabic: Banī Shaybah بني شيبه) are an Arabic tribe that hold the keys to the Kaaba.[1] The members of the tribe greet visitors into the Kaaba during the cleaning ceremony and clean the interior together with the visitors.

Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheibi (sometimes spelled Al-Shaibi[2]), who died in November 2010, kept the key for eighteen years.[3] His brother, Abdul Qader Al-Sheibi, became the new key-bearer.[3]

History[edit]

This was bestowed on Tasm, a tribe of Aad before Quraysh. It passed to Khuza'a, then Qusai, who gave it to his son Abdul Dar, who handed it over to his son Othman. It shifted from one person to another until it rested with their nephew Shaiba. It is still inherited by their successors up to the present day.[citation needed] Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, handed the keys to Bani Shaiba in the year of the conquest of Mecca, and said, "Take it, O Bani Talha, eternally up to the Day of Resurrection, and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Estes, Yusuf (11 November 2011). "Kabah's Key Keeper Dies at 82". Islam News Room. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Al-Shaibi given new Kaaba key". Arab News. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Al-Alawi, Irfan (11 November 2010). "Mourning a Great Servant of the Ka'aba". Center for Islamic Pluralism. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Akhter, Muhammad Wajid (15 November 2012). "Ten Things You Didn’t Know About The Kaaba". MuslimMatters. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

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