Check these photos 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.
Pilgrims would keep their livestock with them during their Hajj.
Tents can be seen pitched in Arafah next to mount Arafah.
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.
For those who could afford it, they would embark on their journey on board small planes from nearby countries.
Like today, coaches and buses would be used to transport pilgrims from place to place.
Pilgrims were able to choose the animals they wanted for Udhiyyah/Qurbani.
Pilgrims keep themselves cool by drinking ice cold fizzy drinks.
In Mina, food would be cooked using fire and stove.
Donkeys were used to transport carcasses of sacrificial animals.
Horse and carriage were used as a means of transport.
Worshippers outside the Mosque’s entrance.
Worshippers also were able to enter the Ka’ba.
A close up view of the Ka’ba.
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.
A busy street in Makkah. An Ottoman style minaret can be seen.
Markets and stalls near the Masjid Al Haram
The Ka’ba and the Mataf area. There was no other floors back them.
One of the entrances to the Masjid Al Haram.
Pilgrims pray near their camels.
A pilgrim has his hair shaved.
Performing Tawaf was easier as it was not as crowded as it is today.
Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine