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The Hajj

The Hajj (September 9-15, 2016)

Dutchman Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje’s  rare 1885 photographs and sound recordings of Mecca. (CNN)1:

What Mecca and the Hajj looked like in 1885

Footage from a hajj in 1948 with Dr. Martin Lings.2



  1. Cameras today are versatile and light. In 1885 they weighed about 80lbs. []
  2. Born in 1909, Dr. Martin Lings (also known as Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din), was revered by people all over the world as a “Friend of God”: a man whose saintly radiance touched the lives of all those who looked to him for guidance. In 1938, as a young man in his late 20s, he embraced Islam, entering deeply into its spirit, and the books he went on to write bear witness to the profundity and the subtlety of that spirit which he came to embody and exemplify. In 1948 he performed the Hajj, or pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. In this documentary film, using unique archive material, Martin Lings recollects hi experience of the Hajj, along with his insight into its historical background. []

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