How was it Making the Hajj Pilgrimage back in 1953?

asSalaam ‘alaykum wa Rahamtullah,

A good brother forwarded me this email with pics of people going to Hajj back in 1953. The photos were in an issue of National Geographic back in 1953. Click on the images to see the full size images, insha’Allah. I was talking to my dad after showing him these photos and he would tell me how different it was when he went back in the 1970s and then again in the 1980s, i think. And as we know Hajj has really changed now. Allahu ‘Alam.

The cover of the magazine.

These are people ready to go to hajj. This is probably the only thing that is the same now and has been since the time of the Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and Sahaaba (radi Allahu anha).

Passengers on a Hajj ship being unloaded.

No non-muslims beyond a certain point

Man writign a letter home that he has arrived safely.

The market.

Pick your slaughter.

Slaughter it or get it slaughtered.

Cool off with a coke.


13 Responses to “How was it Making the Hajj Pilgrimage back in 1953?”

  1. 1 Amatullah January 28, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    MashaAllah, great photos. I remember my grandmother telling me about how different it was too. SubhanAllah she was actually leaving the haram for Madinah when that group of men claiming that the mahdi had arrived were walking in.
    She said that while they were in the car driving to Madinah, they heard on the radio that the haram was locked down. QadrAllahu wa ma sha fa3al.

    if anyone is going to Makkah anytime soon, make sure you check out the Kiswah Factory inshaAllah. They have a museum with old relics from the haramain, among other artifacts.

    (I can’t believe how small the jamaraat is!)

  2. 2 hani January 28, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    wow.. subhanAllah it has changed sooo much..

  3. 3 nuqtah/sleeplesslonging... January 29, 2007 at 6:54 am

    subhan Allah, it really was a spiritual experience in those days. excellent post masha Allah.

  4. 4 sisterinislam January 29, 2007 at 8:25 am

    As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatuAllahi wa barakatuh,

    SubhanAllah, they really had to work hard back then. Even today, there are stories of similar diligence and determination, such as the following, which is amazing:

    May Allah give us all the opportunity to go for Hajj, ameen.

  5. 5 umm luqmaan January 29, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    jazak allahu khaiaran for posting. those are really some awesome pics. we went there just a few months before hajj and everytime we go it’s been so wonderfully spiritual. everytime we see the Ka’aba it brings tears to ones eyes.

  6. 6 abu sara January 30, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    The brother carrying his Enfield rifle. That’s a neat picture.

  7. 7 ibnalamreeki February 1, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Speaking of Hajj, Shaykh GF Haddad has a new book entitled From the Two Holy Sanctuaries: A Hajj Journal. It sounds like a cool book after reading what Shaykh Muhammad Afifi al-Akiti had to say about it.

  8. 8 Faizan October 2, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    I have the National Geographic issue from June 1934 with a feature on Hajj. It’s interesting to see how things have changed in these 50s pictures, and now.

  9. 9 Colonel October 4, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Asslamo Allaium Brother Faizan,

    Would you be kind enough to upload some pictures from 1934.


  10. 10 Dr Abdul Rashid Ahmed October 5, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Assalamoalaikum Brother Faizan
    Would it be possible to scan the photos of Hajj from your issue of June 1934 and e-mail them to me please/ I am a Hajj educator and will soon be organising a Hajj seminar with a power point presentation after Ramadhaan Insha Allah.
    Jazakamullah Khairan

  11. 11 Wayfarer September 25, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Aww wow, subhanaAllah. Lovely indeed.

    My father went in the late 50s or very early 60s, so he actually experienced the same experiences in those photos :o

    Its so amazing how so different it is now. My dad was saying that perhaps in the future the haram will have not 3 levels but 7! And my mom said thats too much; dad said: Well back then they wouldntve dreamt of having three! lol

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Islamic Rulings Surrounding Ramadhan and Fasting. Based on “Manar As Sabeel Fi Sharh Ad Daleel” Of Shaykh Ibraheem ibn Duwaiyan (d. 1353 AH) as explained by Br. Salim Morgan. Transcribed and Edited By Ibn Al Hyderabadee

Prologue Introduction

Chapter 1: Fasting in Ramadhaan
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