Hajj, Pilgrimage to Mecca when Millions Worship in Unison [49 Pics]

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Kaaba in Mecca

Hajj: Kaaba in Mecca
– people performing Tawaf (circumambulating) the Kaaba. This picture taken from the gate of Abdul Aziz seems to divide the Kaaba and the minarets into mirror images of one another. (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, CC Photo: Wikipedia/Muhammad Mahdi Karim).

Introduction

What exactly is it that goes on in Mecca? As a non muslim looking on it appears to be an event, or more correctly a pilgrimage, a worship en masse, bigger then any other in the world. And it happens every year.
Well the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj just announced that Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca (or Makkah), will start on November 14th. The Ministry of Hajj have a very detailed website for all the procedures taking place.
“Hajj” means literally “to set out for a place”. For a Muslim, that place is the Holy City of Mecca.

We have put together pictures in chronological order, starting on day 1 through day 6 on what exactly goes on and why.

[49 Pictures]

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Map of where Hajj takes place

Hajj: Map of where Hajj takes place
Hajj takes between 4 to 6 days to complete, and must be performed according strict rules of conduct.

Miqat, Mecca, Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah, Mina, Mecca in that order.

Note: the numbers on the map do not reflect the days. (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, CC Photo: Wikipedia).

Hajj: Day 1, Miqats: The pilgrims enters at one of the five Miqats (entry points). They put on the Ihram garnet and express their intention to perform Hajj.
In Mecca, they perform the welcome Tawaf (circle the Kaaba seven times) and Sa’y (passing seven times between the hillocks of Safa and Marwah) before they go to Mina.
In Mina they perform five prayers starting with noon prayer ending with dawn on the day of Arafat.Hajj: Day 2 Arafat: When the pilgrims reach Arafat they devote as much time as possible for prayer. When sun sets they leave Arafat for Muzdalifah.
In Muzdalifah they stay nuder the open sky with evening prayer and stay over night. They collect small pebbles for the “stoning” ceremony (ramy), At dawn they pray and then, before sun has risen they set off for Mina.

Hajj: Day 3, Mina: Pilgrims perform the stoning of the devil, then proceed to Masjid al Haram in Mecca to perform Tawaf al-ifadha.
In Mecca the Tawaf is performed (the Kaaba is circled seven times followed by prayer. Then they again perform Sa’y between Safa and Marwah.
The Pilgrims then drink from the well of Zamzam before they return to Mina.

Hajj: Day 4-5-6: The Pilgrims stay in Mina for two or three days. At Mina they again stone the three pillars in set order. Some return to Masjid al Haram to perform a farewell Tawaf.

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Miqat, city limites of Mecca

Hajj: Miqat or city limits of Mecca
The large structure in the form of a huge Koran book signifies the miqat or city limits of Mecca (Makkah), Islam’s holiest city.

Non-Muslims in Jeddah will not get to see this in person as they would have taken the bypass route at least two kilometers away before where this structure stands. Saudi law prohibits non-Muslims from entering Mecca.

(Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, CC Photo: Acizane Nacizane ).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Pilgrims prepare to depart to Mina

Hajj: Pilgrims
Pilgrims prepare to depart to Mina, to begin Hajj, Nov. 25, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Pilgrims entering Mina

Hajj: Entering Mina
Pilgrims entering Mina, to begin Hajj, Nov. 25, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Pilgrim camp at Mina

Hajj: At Mina
Pilgrim camp at Mina, Nov. 25, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Camps in Mina are divided by country

Hajj: Camps at Mina
Camps in Mina are divided by country, Nov. 25, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Hard weather will not stop anyone on Hajj

Hajj: Hard weather on Hajj
Hard weather will not stop anyone on Hajj, Nov. 25, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Sprawling tent city of Mina

Hajj: Tent City in Mina
Mina’s sprawling tent city, Nov. 29, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, White tents as far as the eye can see

Hajj: White Tents at Hajj
White tents as far as the eye can see, Nov. 25, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Pilgrims at Mina at night

Hajj: pilgrims at Mina at night
Pilgrims at Mina at night, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Pilgrims head to the mountain of mercy

Hajj: Pilgrims
Pilgrims head to the ‘mountain of mercy’, Nov. 26, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Millions of Pilgrims walk to worship

Hajj: Millions of Pilgrims at Hajj
Millions of Pilgrims walk to worship.

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Millions gather at Mount Arafat

Hajj: Pilgrims at Ararat
Millions gather at Mount Arafat

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Thousands of pilgrims crowd Mount Arafat

Hajj: Pilgrims at Ararat
A sea of pilgrims, Thousands of pilgrims crowd Mount Arafat and the surrounding area
, Nov. 26, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Praying at Arafat

Hajj: Pilgrims praying at Ararat
Praying at Arafat, Nov. 26, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Worship at Mt Arafat

Hajj: Pilgrims on Ararat
Worship at Mt Arafat, Nov. 26, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Hajj pilgrims leaving Arafat in droves for Muzdalifah at sunset

Hajj: Pilgrims leave Ararat
Hajj pilgrims leaving Arafat in droves for Muzdalifah at sunset, Nov. 26, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Slipping out of Muzdalifah in the dead of night to get early start on 3rd day of Hajj - roads are packed

Hajj: Pilgrims leaving Muzdalifah
Slipping out of Muzdalifah in the dead of night to get early start on 3rd day of Hajj – roads are packed, Nov. 26, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Small Jamarah up first

Hajj: Pilgrims at small Jamarah
Small Jamarah up first, Nov. 27, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Stoning of the devil

Hajj: Pilgrims stoning the Devil
Stoning of the devil, 2006 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, CC Photo: Wikipedia/Amellie).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Stoning of the Devil in Mina

Hajj: Pilgrims stoning the Devil
Stoning of the Devil in Mina, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The Jamarat bridge from the air

Hajj: The Jamarat Bridge
The Jamarat bridge from the air, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The Jamarat bridge

Hajj: Pilgrims at the Jamarat bridge
The Jamarat bridge, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Stoning of the Devil

Hajj: Pilgrims stoning the devil
Stoning of the Devil, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Stoning the Jamarat at sunset

Hajj: Pilgrims stoning the Devil at Jamarat
Stoning the Jamarat at sunset, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The expanded Jamarat bridge

Hajj: Pilgrims at Expanded Jamarat Bridge
The expanded Jamarat bridge, Nov. 25, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Jamarat and the devil

Hajj: Pilgrims on the Jamarat bridge
Jamarat and the Devil, Nov. 27, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Exiting the Jamarat bridge

Hajj: Pilgrims leaving the Jamarat bridge
Exiting the Jamarat bridge, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, KFC in Mecca

Hajj: Pilgrims at KFC in Mecca
Constant rush at KFC in Mecca, Nov. 24, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Worshippers throng the streets and areas outside the Haram, or Grand mosque, in Mecca during afternoon prayer.

Hajj: Pilgrims, afternoon prayer in Mecca
Worshippers throng the streets and areas outside the Haram, or Grand mosque, in Mecca during afternoon prayer., Nov. 19, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Street full of trash

Hajj: Pilgrims leave trash in Mecca
Worshipers in the millions mean that the streets fill up with trash in no time, Nov. 24, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Outside the Grand Mosque

Hajj: Pilgrims outside the Grand Mosque, Mecca
Outside the Grand Mosque, Oct. 13, 2010 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: ‘asyiqul^huur).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Hajj Public Security control room

Hajj: Public Security Control in Mecca
Hajj Public Security control room, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Keeping count of worshipers

Hajj: Pilgrims being counted in Mecca
Keeping count of worshipers, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, In transit during Hajj

Hajj: Pilgrims in transit during Hajj in Mecca
In transit during Hajj, Nov. 28, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Pilgrims on the roof of the Grand mosque

Hajj: Pilgrims on the roof of the Grand Mosque, Mecca
Pilgrims on the roof of the Grand mosque, Nov. 29, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The Haram Sharif

Hajj: Pilgrims on The Haram Sharif in Mecca
The Haram Sharif, Nov. 29, 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The scene in Mecca

Hajj: Pilgrims at Kaaba, Mecca
The scene at the Kaaba in Mecca (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Performing Tawaf

Hajj: Pilgrims performing Tawaf around Kaaba in Mecca
Performing Tawaf 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The Kaaba's golden door

Hajj: The Kaaba’s golden door
The Kaaba’s golden door 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The black stone on the Kaaba

Hajj: The black stone on the Kaaba
The black stone on the Kaaba, 2006 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, CC Photo Wikipedia).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Inside the Kaaba

Hajj: Inside the Kaaba

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, The Well of Zamzam

Hajj: Pilgrims at the ZamZam well in Mecca
The Well of Zamzam, 2008 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, CC Photo: Wikipedia).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Zamzam sign

Hajj: Zamzam sign in Mecca
Zamzam sign (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: ‘asyiqul^huur).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Inside Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque

Hajj: Inside The Grand Mosque in Mecca
Inside Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque, Oct. 20, 2010 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: ‘asyiqul^huur).

Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Pilgrim at Masjid Al Haram

Hajj: Pilgrims at The Grand Mosque, Mecca
Pilgrim at Masjid Al Haram (Hajj, Mecca, CC Photo Wikipedia).


Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Worshippers flood the Grand mosque, its roof, and all the areas around it during night prayers in Mecca.

Hajj: Pilgrims at The Grand Mosque in Mecca
Worshippers flood the Grand mosque, its roof, and all the areas around it during night prayers in Mecca. 2009 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: Omar Chatriwala).


Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower

Hajj: Royal Clock in Mecca
Mecca Royal Clock Hotel Tower, Oct. 22, 2010 (Hajj, Pilgrims, Mecca, photo: ‘asyiqul^huur).

32 Comments

  1. G Great Job! thank you very much, I ask Allah to accept from those who are furtunate to make it to Hajj and make it possibe for those willing to do it some time in the future.
    Performing Hajj is a wonderful expeirance in once life.

  2. I had only read about the Hajj, until now. Great pics not only of the infamous Kaaba, but of other intricate details only someone who’s been there would see. Thanks!

  3. This is such a great compilation of hajj photos I have ever seen. The pics tell the story of the haj from the eye of a pilgrimage. It inspires me to perform Hajj eagerly and hopefully Allah will granted it soon. Subhanallah.

    • I stunned to see the these images,Let Allah Bless this person for his great effort of contribution this work.
      Islam Prevails:

  4. Thank you to the Saudis . It is a chalange for them they host this event every every year. The safety and health of every one is paramount. It was so sad when the event was mared by violence by gun men years ago!

  5. The way the pictures depict the coming together of people of all nations, races, types and ages, all dressed in the same clothing, displays a sense of unity that is quite beautiful and utterly remarkable.

  6. thank you very much for brodcasting these pictures they are from holy places of the allah ,introduced to us by the prophet mohammad

    they are part of our religein manasek and they are for our training to get more human beings nature and be closer to the allah ,

    they show the people should be together especially muslims as one comunity . , it shows you would get back to allah by only one dress tow or 3parts with the bare hands so be careful what you are doing , will remain in your file and may hung on your neck r given to your right hand , or given to your left hand or mey be given to you from the behind . , , enjoy the manasek pilgrimage to macca it is really pra
    ying of the god as he asked us to do so

    , thanks for providing these pictures to us i enjoyed ask god to blessing for you in my prayer ,

    mohammad

  7. Excellent photographs.Covered the HAJJ, very nicely.It reminds me of my own HAJJ trip of 2001, when my wife was with me as well. We will always cherish the experience. It is nothing less than a miracle that about 2.5 to 3 million muslims from all over the world gather and follow the sequence of HAJJ in an extremely organised way.Keep up the good work of covering such holy events, JAZAKAMULLAH KHAIRAN

  8. Wonderful pictures. I am at h0me but I am feeling that I am there. By this pictures we come to know that how Hajj is performed. Nice-Good One

  9. Great Job. May Allah Bless the team who have uploaded such wonderful portrayal of this annual activity of Muslims from around the world. Unity of faith and purpose is the hallmark of Hajj.

  10. Subhan Allah! (Praise be to Allah), this is one event that shows what Islam really is! Peace, unity and universal brotherhood!!! No voilence, no fights, no status differences and no worldly differences. This is not for Hajj alone. Islam seeks these uniformities and peace in entire lives of human being. May Allah Almighty bring peace to muslim brotherhood and guide us all to come back on the correct path taught by Muhammad (peace be upon him).
    For non muslim brothers and sisters, I want to submit only one thing! Islam is NOT for muslims, but for entire humanity. The universal brotherhood of Islam is increasing at an exponential level, not because we Muslims are contributing, but because the true colors of Islam are the colors of life. 10 years back, total numbers of pilgrims at Mecca for Hajj was around 1.8 million. In 2009 (year in which these pics were taken) this number rose to 44.5 million!!!
    Come to the true brotherhood of Islam! Come back to Allah!

  11. AOA, to all my muslim brothers and sisters. Its a great occassion, disciplined, calm and quite, everybody is bussy in his own forgiveness by way of weeping, crying and requesting for himself and his dear ones. This is called unity. I pray to Almighty Allah that He keeps us unite in our daily matters and give us the courage of acceptance and trust on each other. If we show the same unity other than the Hajj days, we are the great nation(Muslims). I request all muslims to Please pray for Muslims Unity, that Almighty Allah bring Peace, Unity, Brotherhood and give us courage and strength to take ourselves to the right track,( we are de-tracked). And give us taufiq to follow the teachings of our Beloved Prophit , MUHAMMAD, (peace be upon him). Aameen, Ya RabbulAlameen.

  12. Great Pictures, Allah Bless him who save this wonderful Pictures of the World’s greatest event “HAJJ” . and I also thanks to KSA Government who manages very well in every every year.

  13. Salam. Excellent work of compilation. I am going this year 2011 with my aged mother insha allah. pls pray for me. I will do remember you through this photoes when i see this places lively insha allah

  14. Salam….. Very good pics & information…. i cant forget my Hajj days….. when i see the pics i m crying…. awesome place… awesome experience of hajj….. allah bless us again & again to perform hajj & umarah…….

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