On April 4, 1996, as the Taliban neared total control, he was moved by zeal to unseal a shrine in Kandahar that held a cloak believed to have belonged to the Prophet, the founder of Islam. The cloak had not been touched since some time in the 1930s. He lifted it in the air as he stood on a rooftop, displaying it to a crowd of followers. The event was caught on videotape, one of the very few times he was photographed. He placed the cloak, which only the Prophet was said to have worn, upon his own shoulders.