Shaaban Bilal (Cairo)
Today, Wednesday, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina received the honorable bearer “The Hodge”, which was gifted by the honorary president of the Egyptian community in Romania, Lord Yashar Hassan Helmy, during a celebration held by the library, which was attended by a number of officials, Al-Azhar men and the Church.
The Prophet’s Mahmal is a howitzer covered with several pieces of cloth decorated with Qur’anic verses. It was carried on a special camel in a special procession with the pilgrimage caravan.
This loader contains the curtains of the Holy Kaaba “the kiswa”, gifts of high value to the Two Holy Mosques, and a large sultan bowl “a quantity of money”, containing many gold pieces and precious jewelry, distributed to the people of the Hijaz, and spent on repairing pilgrimage routes, water resources and the reconstruction of Mecca and Medina Al-Munawwarah and the facilities of the Prophet’s Mosque.
It was called the noble Prophet’s bearing because it is basically the gift of the Caliphs to the city of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace in Medina, and to his Muslim followers in the Hijaz, especially in the Two Holy Mosques.
Lord Yashar Hassan Helmy had previously presented the Library of Alexandria with the covering of the Kaaba, which is of great interest to the library’s visitors. Dr. Mustafa El-Feki, Director of the Library of Alexandria, emphasized the great value of this gift. The honorable bearer used to go out on a journey every year from Egypt to the Holy Land in An official celebration since the days of the Ottoman era.
Lord Yashar Hassan Helmy said that during the reign of Sultan Bayezid I, the mahmal included 80,000 pieces of pure gold, clothes and silk fabrics to be distributed to the service of the Two Holy Mosques and for the benefit of the poor. Therefore, the honorable mahmal carries the values of affection, love, brotherhood and friendship among peoples.