Pilgrims arrive by ferry in 1957. (National Geographic Magazine)
Memories of Hajj decades ago
A pilgrim comes out of his tent. (Al Ittihad archives)
Ajyad Street in Makkah during the 1960s. This photo was attached to an autographed Malcom X postcard sent to Gloria Owens, sister of Maceo X Owens, in 1964.
Pilgrims throw stones at Jamarat in Mina.
Down memory lane
The city of Makkah in 1975, showing the Grand Mosque from the outside. (Al Ittihad archives)
Center of Islam
The Kaaba’s then gold-and-silver door went through several changes over the years. It took three years to build this particular door, which had a metal base, with two wooden shutters fixed on its surface. It was decorated with silver and copper and plated with gold.
Pilgrimage in 1975
Memories of Hajj nearly 40 years ago reveal that Makkah has changed beyond recognition even if the message of Prophet Muhammad is the same. (Photo/Al-Ittihad archives)
More room for tawaf
Makkah’s Grand Mosque in all its glory before the expansion of the tawaf area. Now the pilgrims can circumbulate in large numbers with ease.
Hardship a thing of the past
Not all the pilgrims were able to afford a car ride to perform Hajj rites. Camels were also used to carry the old and the sick along with their belongings.
Planning solves congestion problem
The holy city of Makkah has undergone several phases of development in order to accomodate the ever-growing number of pilgrims. Prior to that, the city used to witness congestion and jams during the pilgrimage.
Transformation of the tent city
The photo taken during Hajj 1975 shows Mina with ordinary tents. Now the city is equipped with state-of-the-art air-conditioned and fireproof tents, boosting the comfort level of pilgrims.
A glimpse from the past
An old photo of Hajj in 1975. (Social media photo)
Seeking God’s blessing
During circumambulation, pilgrims kiss the black stone or touch the Kaaba or the black silk and cotton fabric, called the Kiswa, which covers it. (Shutterstock)
An old photo showing the process of making the Kaaba’s cover Kiswa in the 1970s. (Social media photo)
A file photo from Hajj 1978.