Today Muslims holy month of Dhul Hijjah has started in which Muslims performs their annual pilgrimage (hajj).All Muslim adults are expected to participate in Hajj at least once in their lifetime if they are financially capable of performing it.

For this purpose Muslims from all over the globe have started to reach Saudi, where one of the largest gatherings is to begin on September 9 this year. This year 3 million people are expected to visit Saudi for performing hajj as numbers are increasing every year. In age of technology journey of hajj have become a lot easier than earlier times when people used to take a long trip to mecca while facing lot of obstacles during the journey. Performing of rituals was lot easier because of less number of people in that day. National Geographic Magazine has captured such a beautiful journey of hajj in 1953 which depicts totally different scenario from today.

Catch a glimpse of how Hajj was performed in year 1953.2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24  26 27

Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine

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