Abdul Wahab Al Shaibi appointed new key holder of Kaaba

He is the 78th member of his family to uphold the tradition and 110th since the era of Qusay ibin Kilab.

Makkah: The authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) announced Abdul Wahab bin Zain Al Abidin Al Shaibi as the new chief key holder of the Holy Kaaba after the passing of Sheikh Saleh Al Shaibi.

The ceremony of handing over the key of the Holy Kaaba and the Shrine of Abraham (maqam-e-Ibrahim) to Abdul Wahab bin Zain Al Abidin was held on Monday, June 24.

He is the 78th member of his family to uphold the tradition and the 110th since the era of Qusay ibn Kilab.

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He is the grandson of Shaybah bin Uthman bin Abi Talha, to whom the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace, said:

“Take it, O Banu Talha, forever and ever. No one can take it away from you except an oppressor.”

“May God grant me success in carrying out this duty under the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and his Crown Prince,” the new chief key holder told Arabic channel Al Ekhbariya.


Abdul Wahab Al Shaibi’s responsibilities included opening and closing the Kaaba, cleaning, washing, repairing its Kiswah (Ghilaf e Kaaba), and welcoming visitors.

On Saturday, June 22, Sheikh Saleh Al-Shaibi, the 109th successor to the companion Uthman ibn Talha passed away.