Hajj in 1885: Old & Rare Pictures of the Pilgrimage

These rare – perhaps the oldest existing – pictures have been attributed to Makkan photographer Abdul Ghaffar and Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje who had come to Makkah and embraced Islam. (Archived by Leiden University Library)

View of Ka’bah


Prayer at Masjid al-Haram


View of Makkah


View of Makkah


View on the eastern part of the Mina valley


View on the western part of the Mina valley


A pilgrim tent camp to the east of Mount Arafat




A pilgrim tent camp at Mount Arafat


Pilgrims camp east of Mount Arafat

“And proclaim to the people the Hajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass.”[Qur’an, 22: 27]

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