By Mohammed Mirza
Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah being the largest mosque in the world receives thousands of pilgrims on a daily basis (on some days amounting to over a million).
With its gigantic size and large number of pilgrims, cleaning it is no easy job. This video gives a small insight into the day to day cleaning process in the Holy Mosque.
The following is translated transcript of the arabic audio in the video.
Even the Safah and Marwah is washed and the outside areas. The wudu’ and drinking places are all thoroughly cleansed, with water and detergents 5 times a day. Bathrooms (washrooms) that reach up to 14,000 in number are cleaned 4 times daily. Despite of the crowd, the cleaning process continues thoroughly and does not affect the people over there.
The maataf is professionally washed in less than 30 mins. The tiles, minarets, doors, pillars, bridges, gates and stairs are also all washed. Not to mention the purifying of the sewage drains using detergents and insecticides. The surfaces that are washed each time measures almost 700,000 square meters. This area will double after the expansion plans and will reach 1.8 million square meters.
Washing the Ka’aba
Under the patronage of his Highness the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Ka’aba is washed twice a year with water infused with flower scent and oud that is combined with zamzam water. This is then poured into copper containers that have been manufactured specifically for this reason.
The Cleansing of the Rugs
The Holy Mosque is covered in almost 30,000 deluxe green rugs that is purified and cleaned 3 times a day. A modern dry cleaner has been established solely for those rugs in order to clean them using the latest technologies. The rugs under go a 5 step cleaning process that starts with dusting them, washing them, drying them, putting them in sunlight and finally re-stitching them.