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25 Amazing Photos from Hajj 1953

Catch a glimpse of how it was like to perform Hajj in 1953. Though this was only just over 60 years ago, a lot has changed mainly due to the increase in the number of pilgrims going to perform Hajj.

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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.

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For those who could afford it, they would embark on their journey on board small planes from nearby countries.

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Like today, coaches would be used to transport pilgrims from place to place.

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Only Muslims are allowed into the holy lands.

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Worshippers outside the Mosque’s entrance.

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The Ka’ba and the Mataf area. The floors were not tiled back then.

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A close up view of the Ka’ba.

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Worshippers also were able to enter the Ka’ba.

tawaf

Performing Tawaf was easier as it was not as crowded as it is today.

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Markets and stalls near the Masjid Al Haram.

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Horse and carriage were used as a means of transport.

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Pilgrims were able to choose the animals they wanted for Qurban.

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Pilgrims would keep their livestock with them during their Hajj.

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Donkeys were used to transport carcasses of sacrificial animals.

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In Mina, food would be cooked using fire and stove.

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Pilgrims pray near their camels.

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Tents can be seen pitched next to mount Arafah.

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The Jamarat (symbolising stoning of the devil) used to be small pillars.

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A pilgrim has his hair shaved.

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Pilgrims keep themselves cool by drinking ice cold fizzy drinks.

Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine

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