Bani Shaiba

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Bani Shaybah gatekeeper, c.1880
Ka'ba key at time of Sultan Barquq of Egypt

The Bani Shaiba (Arabic: بني شيبه‎, lit.'the sons of Shaiba') are an Arab tribe that hold the keys to the Kaaba.[1]


The members of the tribe greet visitors into the Kaaba during the cleaning ceremony and clean the interior together with the visitors. Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheibi (sometimes spelled Al-Shaibi[2]), who died in November 2010, kept the key for eighteen years.[3] His brother, Abdul Qader Al-Sheibi, became the new key-bearer.[3] Abdul Qader Al-Sheibi died on 23 October 2014.[4] Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al-Shaibi was the 108th successor of Uthman ibn Talha. Saleh Bin Taha Al-Shaibi, the oldest member of Shaibi family, will be the new keeper of the keys to the Kaaba. [5]


The keys to the Kaaba was bestowed on Tasm, a tribe of ʿĀd before Quraysh. It passed to Khuza'a, then Qusai, who gave it to his son Abdul Dar, who handed it over to his son Othman. It shifted from one person to another until it rested with their nephew Shaiba. It is still inherited by their successors.[citation needed] Muhammad, the Islamic prophet, handed the keys to Bani Shaiba in the year of the conquest of Mecca, and said, "Take it, O Bani Talha, eternally up to the Day of Resurrection, and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant".[6] A free standing arch stood where the houses of Banu Shaybah were located near the Kabah until it was removed circa 1950 CE to expand the Mataf area.[7][8]


  1. ^ Estes, Yusuf (11 November 2011). "Kabah's Key Keeper Dies at 82". Islam News Room. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Al-Shaibi given new Kaaba key". Arab News. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b Al-Alawi, Irfan (11 November 2010). "Mourning a Great Servant of the Ka'aba". Center for Islamic Pluralism. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Kaaba key keeper dies". 24 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Kaaba's senior keeper Al-Shaibi passes away". Business Recorder. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  6. ^ Akhter, Muhammad Wajid (15 November 2012). "Ten Things You Didn't Know About The Kaaba". MuslimMatters. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Bab Bani Shaiba". Madain Project. Archived from the original on 26 May 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Mataf". Madain Project. Archived from the original on 26 May 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020.

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