Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hajj in 1953 - History

In Islam, the Hajj commemorates a number of events in the life of Abraham and his family in Mecca. Abraham is a prophetic figure and patriarchal father who features in the holy scriptures of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. These are sometimes collectively known as the Abrahamic faiths and are all based upon the belief in one God.

During his life, Abraham endured a succession of trials of his faith in God. One of the most significant began with his and his family's departure from Palestine to Arabia to protect his wife Hagar and son Ishmael from the seething jealousy of his first wife Sarah. Upon God's command, Abraham left Hagar and Ishmael with provisions in a desolate desert valley in Mecca, trusting that God would care for them.

The cover of the magazine.

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.

No non-muslims beyond a certain point

Man writign a letter home that he has arrived safely.

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