Here are some images taken during Hajj 1953.
In these 60 years a lot has been changed which you will notice after watching these images. Click images for larger view.
1. Horse and carriage were used as a means of transport.
2. Markets and stalls near the Masjid Al Haram
3. In Mina, food would be cooked using fire and stove.
4. Pilgrims keep themselves cool by drinking ice cold fizzy drinks.
5. Performing Tawaf was easier as it was not as crowded as it is today.
6. One of the entrances to the Masjid Al Haram.
7. A busy street in Makkah. An Ottoman style minaret can be seen.
8. Worshippers also were able to enter the Ka’ba.
9. A pilgrim has his hair shaved.
10. Pilgrims pray near their camels.
11. Homes and hotels can be seen outside of the sacred mosque’s perimeter. Much of these historical buildings have had to be demolished to make way for the mosque’s expansion.
12. Like today, coaches and buses would be used to transport pilgrims from place to place.
13. Pilgrims were able to choose the animals they wanted for Udhiyyah/Qurbani.
14. A market.
15. Resting pilgrims.
16. The Ka’ba and the Mataf area. There was no other floors back them.
17. Muslims are only allowed to enter the places to perform Hajj.
18. Pilgrims would keep their livestock with them during their Hajj.
19. Donkeys were used to transport carcasses of sacrificial animals.
20. A close up view of the Ka’ba.
21. Many pilgrims would travel to Makkah via a ferry or a ship, in those days commercial air travel was still in its early stages and it was not as widely available as it is today.
22. Worshippers outside the Mosque’s entrance.
23. Tents can be seen pitched in Arafah next to mount Arafah
24. The Jamarat used to be small pillars which would be stoned symbolising stoning of the devil.
25. For those who could afford it, they would embark on their journey on board small planes from nearby countries.
Thank you National Geographic Magazine for the photos
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