Bab Bani Shaiba

Bab Bani Shaiba (باب بني شيبة), the gate of Bani Shaybah, is named for the Banu Shayba tribe of Mecca. Bani Shayba are the key-bearers of Ka'ba.

circa 1900 CE

Bab Banu Sheiba in 1950s during the changing of kiswa. According to al-Maqdisi, the Masjid al-Haram had five gates on the eastern side, including Bab Bani Shaiba. The members of the key-bearer tribe greet visitors into the Kaaba during the cleaning ceremony and clean the interior together with the visitors. This free standing arch-gate no longer exists.

circa 1900 CE

Bab Bani Shaiba (left), al-Maqdisi; in his book Mecca in the second half of the fourth century Hj. accounts nineteen gates of Masjid al-Haram, with Bab Bani Shaybah being the most important. Prophet Muhammad, 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 (Qiyama), and it will not be taken from you unless by an unjust, oppressive tyrant."

circa 1900 CE

The Maqam Ibrahim (left) with Bab Bani Shaybah (right), during the Ottoman era. After the takeover by Saudis this structure along with a few others inside the Mataf area were demolished and a small wooden box covered with iron sheets was installed over the Station of Abraham.

circa 1900 CE

Panoramic view of the Mataf (from north-east) circa 1940 CE, with Bab Bani Shayba (right) in front of Kabah, Zamzam building (left) and minaret of Bab 'Ali ibn abi-Talib in the upper left corner. The porticoes in background are the only remaining feature from this Ottoman era mosque building. The minbar to the right has been replaced with a new one as well.

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