Muslim pilgrims going to Makkah in Saudi Arabia for Haj or Umrah (mini pilgrimage) were caught on camera cutting off threads from the Kaaba cover, thinking they are blessed threads which will bring them luck.
A YouTube film carried by the Saudi daily Ajel showed the pilgrims shoving and pushing each other to get threads from Kaaba, the most sacred point for Muslims.
The paper quoted a well-known Muslim preacher as saying such practices are prohibited and urging pilgrims to stop taking threads.
“Cutting off threads from Kaaba is haram (prohibited) and dangerous for the Kaaba cover… although the pilgrims do this in good intention, they are making a big mistake,” Nabil al Awadi said. “Actually, the cover takes blessing from Kaaba but neither it nor its threads have any blessing.”