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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  1. ASSALAMU ALAIKKUM.
    I AM RAHMATHULLAH IBNU SYED ABU BUCKER MUTHUWAPPA AALIM.FROM KAYALPATNAM .SOUTH INDIA PIN628204.PHONE 04639.280852 ANDTHE MOBILE 9488507221
    I WAS PERFORMED HAJ IN 1972,73,74 JAN & DEC. TWO TIMES IN ONE YEAR THAT MEANS ON HIJIRY 1391,1392,1393,1394 YEARS AND ALSO 1983 AND 1994 WITH MY ELDER SON HAJI THAIKA UBAIDULLAH. HAAA…… ALLAAHU AKBAR VERY VERY MARVELLOUS AND RELIGIUOS THIRSTY AT THAT TIME PERFUMED AND PERFORMED SINCERELY AND HAPPYFULL HEART. ALHAMDU LILLAH WE NEVER FORGET ALL THE HAJ DAYS UNTIL LAST OF OUR LIVES. WE PRAY ALLAH TO GIVE THIS KIND OF CHANCE TO THE MUSLIMS ALL OVER THE WORD.
    SECONDLY WE THANKFUL VERY MUCH TO THE MODERATERS THAT HAVE INCLUDE ALL THE 25 AMAZING PHOTOS WHICH IS MAKING US TO SEE VARY VARY HAPPY AND DELIGHTED MUCH. AND WHICH BROUGHT THE THOUGHTS OF OUR OLDEN DAY HAJ PILGRIMMS. JAZAAKUMULLAAHU KHAIRAL JAZZAUOOO……….AAMEEN

  2. Good Question, I believe that when one bengis the performance of prescribed rites (manaasik), at specified times, at particular places in a recommended manner one has begun the hajj, so one would have to be in Mecca during the prescribed months to be considered to a pilgrim.

  3. To Islamic Killers of Men, You can continue this path of killing or you can be good people. If you continue killing, you will die a horrible death. You somehow have it in your minds that Christians want your oil or your land or your death. The world could have taken these things if they so wanted. We would never look your way if you were civilized. Other countries have seen your actions through the decades and you only want to kill. Soon there will be new leaders in Christian worlds and they will tire of your killing and they will turn on you with great vengeance. I read the many thoughts written in the Facebook world and you are a very confused people. So get it together before you are annihilated. There are many countries that get confused of what’s a good Muslim and what’s a bad Muslim. Defining bad as a Muslim that wants to kill in the name of Allah. You kill in the name of a religion? What kind of thinking is that? The world believes you are uncivilized and soon they will tire of the killing so this is a warning and I mean to help you not hurt you like you want to hurt us. The time is coming for your end if you don’t stop. You think the world is weak because they are kind and you think they are stupid. Some leaders in the world are corrupt like Obama but soon he will be gone and if you are still killing. Hell will come down on you. I promise but it’s not what the world wants. It’s what you will deserve in the name of civilization. You think you are fulfilling a prophecy but you are only ending your lives. The world is watching your hatred and you will be ended if you do not repent.

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