King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz

The Holy Ka'bah

Late in 1401 AH (i.e., 1981), a leakage was noticed above the black stone during washing of the Ka'bah. This preceded finding some cracks in the marble coating inside the Holy Ka'bah. When this was brought to the attention of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd Bin Abdul-Aziz immediately ordered that a committee be set up to study the problem and propose the steps to solve this problem. The committee recommended that the marble of Ka'bah floor be replaced with insulation material, and the black stone's silver frame be replaced with antirust steel. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques issued a royal order to implement the proposal and carry out the repair work, starting on 14/07/1403 AH (i.e., 27/04/1983). The work was carried out on 15/08/1403 AH (i.e., 27/05/1983).

In 1417 AH (i.e., 1996), the greatest renovation work since the Ka'bah was rebuilt in 1040H subsequent to damage in some of its wooden parts, was under the initiative of King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz. The 1040 AH renovation repaired the ceiling which had been affected by damages in other parts because it was made of wooden beams, sheets and columns. Termites had eaten a great part of the ceiling and columns. There was fear that other part of the Ka'bah building might have been weakened and corroded.

The expansion work carried out under the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques was a comprehensive one. It started on the 10th of Durham 1417 AH (i.e., the 27th of April 1996), and was completed on the 30th of Jumada II, 1417 AH (i.e., October 11th 1996).