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    Square panel (kardashiyyah) from the kiswah of the Ka‘bah on Collections Sphere from Khalili Collections

    The panel, known as a kardashiyyah, is inscribed with surah al-Ikhlas (CXII), verses 1–4, around the invocation, ya Allah, repeated and mirrored in the centre. Four such panels were sent by Egypt every year. They were attached to the kiswah of the Ka‘bah, one for each corner of the building and positioned just below the belt or hizam. Similar square panels with circular inscriptions were also incorporated within the design of the belt itself.

    Square panel (kardashiyyah) from the kiswah of the Ka‘bah