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5 Questions answered about Islamic Relics and the Blessed Kiswah (Ghilaf)

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5 Questions answered about Islamic Relics and the Blessed Kiswah (Ghilaf)
Rumi’s Garden is often asked why we sell such precious relics and the answer is quite simple. It is generally very hard for a regular Muslim to come across relics and relic replicas and if a person does, they are often extremely expensive. Kiswah pieces, for example, are often given to diplomats and to people with connections either to Saudi royalty or The Kiswah Factory. When they are sold, they often cost thousands and there is very little guarantee of authenticity.

We at Rumi’s Garden feel that this is a good opportunity for any Muslim to have something from our Beloved Prophet ﷺ or the Holy Kaaba at a fair price that is often much lower than its market value. We do this because we understand that these relics serve as a support for the remembrance of God. We are meticulous in doing our homework to ensure that each item sent to you is authentic and a reflection of the beautiful spirit of Islam.

By the grace of God, Rumi’s Garden has received immense blessings and endorsements from various Islamic figures including the mashayakh of  the Shadhili, Naqshbandi, Ba'Alawi, Chishtī, Tijaniyya and Qadiri orders. We are also indebted to the Sayyids of the House of Al-Naqib Al-Refa'i family of Basra and Kuwait and the Islamic Antiquities Museum of Kuwait, the later that does all our authentication checks.
Habib Umar receives a Blessed Footprint Replica of Prophet Muhammad. The Replica is sold at
Furthermore, Shaykh al-Azhar, Shaykh Ahmed el-Tayeb, and the former Mufti of Egypt, Shaykh Ali Gomaa, have given their kind approval and commendation to spread the Blessed Footprint of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as far and wide as we can. For this reason, it has become a 0% profit item, and whenever you buy a Blessed Footprint package - that includes the bronze Footprint replica, a box made by Syrian refugees, amber incense and roses - an exact copy is donated to a mosque, a zawiya/ dargah, an Islamic university, a madrassah or an orphanage.

Just recently, we were blessed to donate the Blessed Footprint replica and Footprint tile to The Great Mosque of Medina Baye and the Tomb of the great wali Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse al-Tijanni in Kaolack, Senegal. We also made a donation to Dato Shaykh Muhammad Fuad Bin Kamaludin in Malaysia and Shaykh Sayyid Abdul Wahab al Tazi al Hasan al Idrisi from Omdurman, Sudan.
Donation of Blessed Footprint Replica of Prophet Muhammad made to the Tomb of the Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse al-Tijanni; Kaolack, Senegal

Donation of Blessed Footprint Replica of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ made to the Tomb of the Shaykh Ibrahim Niasse al-Tijanni; Kaolack, Senegal. Purchase a replica Footprint of our Beloved Prophet from


Over the years, Rumi’s Garden has received many questions from clients about Sacred Relics and the Blessed Kiswah in particular. In a series of articles, we have decided to answer some of these questions and concerns. Older articles are available here


Questions about Islamic Relics


Question 1: What is the history of the Kiswah al-Saadat (Curtain of Bliss in the Holy Chamber of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ)?
When the Prophet ﷺ passed away in 632, he was buried in his wife Aisha’s room, where he took his last breath. Later, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Umar ibn al-Khattab were also buried there. It is believed that the Prophet’s daughter lies in the adjacent room. The mosque was enlarged in later periods, and today these rooms are inside its precincts. The room where God’s Messenger and the first two caliphs lie, known as the The Blessed Chamber, is surrounded by a wall and curtains. Visits can only be made in front of the niches outside the curtains. The curtains around the Prophet’s tomb are green with white inscriptions, and they are known as ‘The Curtain of Bliss’ (Kiswah al-Saadat).
Some narrations state that the first curtain to cover the Blessed Chamber was donated by the mother of Haroon Rashid, the Abbasid Caliph (786-809 CE), while others say it was his wife. Soon after this donation, throughout the Abbasid times, the coverings of the Blessed Chamber of our Beloved Prophet ﷺ was woven mainly in Egypt. However, after the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the covering was made in Turkey. With the establishment of The Kiswah Factory by the late King Abdul Aziz in 1381, weaving the hujrah kiswah was accomplished by Saudi Arabia and continues to be done by them till today.
Question 2: What is written on the contemporary green and white Kiswah al-Saadat?

1) Top medallion right: Muhammad is the Prophet of God 
2) Top medallion left: God suffices as a witness (Ch. Yunus - v.29) 
3) In the wide band: There is no god but God and Muhammad is His Prophet 
4) In the narrow bands, lower: And We did not send you except to all of mankind [both] as a bearer of good tidings and a warner (Ch. Saba’, v. 28) 
5) In the narrow bands, upper: Hard against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing, prostrating [in worship] (Ch. al-Fath, v. 29)
        Contemporary Kiswah (Ghilaf) from the Chamber of Prophet Muhammad sold at Rumi's Garden


        Question 3: What is written on the black holy Ka'aba Kiswah cover? 
        1) There is no god but God and Muhammad is His Prophet
        2) Glory be to God and His is the praise
        3) God, the All-Great, is All-Perfect
        4) In the narrow bands, lower: The first house established for the people was that at Bakka, a blessed place, and a guidance to all worlds (Ch. al-Imran, v. 96)
          1 x 1 meter Holy Kaaba Kiswah sold at Rumi's Garden, an online Islamic store

          Question 4: Do Islamic relics contain powers? What are their powers?
          There are three different powers to be distinguished in any relic; firstly there is the barakah (beneficent influence) placed by God in the object itself; secondly there is an added psychic energy coming from believers as a result of passionate faith and adoration; thirdly there is the aid sent down by the Prophet or saint, from Heaven itself. It is important to understand that the power of a relic does not work blindly; its positive or negative manifestation depends on the nature of the person who benefits by it or experiences it, and also upon all kinds of circumstances.



          Authentic Holy Ka'aba Belt sold at Rumi's Garden 

          Question 5: If a Blessed Kiswah is sold at an auction house, does this guarantee its authenticity?

           It is very unfortunate, but we have noticed that certain unscrupulous or unbalanced individuals have been selling replica Kiswahs online as though they are authentic. Some have made the claim that since the Kiswah was bought from an auction house, this is a guarantee that it is genuine. This is completely untrue!
          Auction houses such as Sotherby’s and Christies do not test items for authenticity. What they do is get one of their curators to look at the item. If the curator feels that it is passable, they will put it up for auction and give it a value price based on previous items that were sold of the same nature. The curator is not an expert on Kiswah or even Islamic tectiles necessarily. Absolutely no tests are done to determine the authenticity of the Kiswah.
          The problem of replicas being sold off a authentic has become such a problem that auction houses like Sotherby’s and Christies no longer auction Kiswahs, although there may be a very few exceptions to this rule.


          Replica vs. Authentic Qandeel

          Left: Replica al hamdu l'Allah rab al-Alamein Qandeel being sold online as an authentic piece. Right: Authentic Museum certified al hamdu l'Allah rab al-Alamein Qandeel sold at Rumi's Garden.


          To visit Rumi's Garden online Islamic store click here.
          We sell replicas of the Prophet Muhammads' (PBUH) blessed footprint, Kaaba kiswahs, kiswahs from the Prophet Muhammed's holy chamber in Medina, carpets from Riad al Jannah, bakhoor, incense burners, Muslim prayer beads and much more! 

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