Sheikh Saleh Al Shaiba, the 109th Key Holder of the Kaaba, Passes Away

Sheikh Saleh Al Shaiba, the 109th Guardian of the Kaaba, also known as ‘Sadin’, passed away. He was laid to rest this morning, June 22, 2024, at Al Mu’alla Cemetery in Makkah, following the Fajr prayer. The funeral prayer for Sheikh Saleh Al Shaiba was held at Masjid Al Haram (Grand Mosque of Mecca) after the Fajr prayer.

Sheikh Saleh Al Shaiba belonged to the Bani Shaiba tribe, an Arab clan that is part of the Banu Abd al-Dar sub-clan, itself a part of the larger Quraysh tribal confederation in Hejaz, present-day Saudi Arabia. The Bani Shaiba tribe is primarily composed of the descendants of Uthman ibn Talha, his father Talha ibn Abdullah, and his grandfather Abd al-Dar ibn Qusai. He is 77th Keeper since the conquest of Mecca during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the 109th since the time of Qusai bin Kilab (the fourth grandfather of Prophet Muhammad - PBUH).

They have historically held the keys to the Kaaba since pre-Islamic times, and continued to do so following the Conquest of Mecca by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in 630.

On the day of the conquest of Mecca, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) handed the key of the Kaaba to the Shaiba family chief Uthman ibn Talha, stating, "Take it, O Bani Talha, forever and always, and it shall not be taken from you except by an oppressor."  Sheikh Saleh Al Shaiba is the 109th Guardian of the Kaaba starting from Uthman ibn Talha. 

The custodianship of the Kaaba, called “Sadana” in Islamic terminology, is overseen by the “Sadin.” The term "Sadin" refers to the individual responsible for all matters related to the Kaaba, including opening and closing it, cleaning and washing it, dressing it with the Kiswah, repairing the Kiswah when it tears, and welcoming visitors. The new Sadin is not necessarily the son of the previous one; the key can pass to a cousin or another relative, as age determines who becomes the Sadin. The chief custodian keeps the key to the Kaaba, and no one can enter it without his permission.

On June 17, the ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, Sheikh Abdul Malik Al-Shaibi, the Deputy Chief Keeper of the Holy Kaaba and the deemed successor, received the new Kiswah (the covering of the Kaaba) from HRH Prince Saud bin Mishaal bin Abdulaziz, the Deputy Governor of the Makkah Region, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as per the annual customs.


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