FASCINATING PHOTOS OF PILGRIMS FROM 10 COUNTRIES DURING HAJJ IN 1880

These fascinating photos from 1880 feature pilgrims from 10 countries during Hajj. Back then, before the advent of modern transport such as commercial air travel, the journey to Hajj was far more difficult and perilous and these pilgrims would have undertaken journeys of weeks or months to reach Makkah.

An interesting observation about these photos is the different clothing the pilgrims are wearing reflecting the customs of their place of origin. However during Hajj, such nationalities disappear as each person wears two pieces of un-stitched clothing making it difficult to identify their nationality. Hajj brings all nations and peoples together where the young, the old, the poor and the rich stand before Allah as equals.

These photos were taken when the Ottoman caliphate still existed and pilgrims were able to travel hassle free without passports and visas through border-less lands.

Basra, Iraq

basra hajjis 1880

Baghdad, Iraq

baghdad hajjis 1880

Aceh, Indonesia

aceh hajjis 1880

Sumatra, Indonesia

sumatra hajjis 1880

Bahrain

bahrain hajjis 1880

Zanzibar

zanzibar hajjis 1880

Yemen

yemen hajjis 1880

Morocco

morocco hajjis 1880

India

india hajjis 1880

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

bukhara hajjis 1880

Makkah

makkah 1880

Malaysia

malay sheikh hajjis 1880

Photos courtesy of:  Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Qatar

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.

arriving by ferry at jeddah port

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.

arriving by plane to hajj

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

bus for hajjis

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

only moslems

Muslims are only allowed to enter the places to perform Hajj.

makkah

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.

Makkah street

A busy street in Makkah. An Ottoman style minaret can be seen.

masjid haram entrance

One of the entrances to the Masjid Al Haram.

haram

Worshippers outside the Mosque’s entrance.

masjid haram

The Ka’ba and the Mataf area. There was no other floors back them.

kaba mataf

A close up view of the Ka’ba.

kaba door

Worshippers also were able to enter the Ka’ba.

tawaf

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

market

Markets and stalls near the Masjid Al Haram

market 2

shisha

female pilgrim pallenquin

Horse and carriage were used as a means of transport.

choosing animal

Pilgrims were able to choose the animals they wanted for Udhiyyah/Qurbani.

animals

Pilgrims would keep their livestock with them during their Hajj.

donkey

Donkeys were used to transport carcasses of sacrificial animals.

cooking at mina

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

pilgrims pray

Pilgrims pray near their camels.

arafah

Tents can be seen pitched in Arafah next to mount Arafah.

jamarah

The Jamarat used to be small pillars which would be stoned symbolising stoning of the devil.

shaving hair

A pilgrim has his hair shaved.

coke

Pilgrims keep themselves cool by drinking ice cold fizzy drinks.

Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine

And TODAY – 2014

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