Historical Photos of Makkah, Madinah & Jeddah
The Islamic month of Dzulhijjah is usually looked forward to with great anticipation by Muslims around the world. This is due to Eid Al Adha, the celebration that honours the willingness of the Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham) and Ismail (PBUT) to submit to God’s orders. Many events from the life of Ibrahim and Ismail, as well as other prophets going back to even Adam (PBUH) has become the basis for the practices undertaken by Muslims around this time month, including the Hajj pilgrimage. The sites of these events include locations in Makkah and Madinah.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions this year and last year, there wasn’t the usual throngs of pilgrims during the annual Hajj trip, as well as during the lesser Umrah trips. Many Muslims around the world who would usually spend a few weeks in Makkah and Madinah every year previously were not able to make their trips this year. In conjunction with Eid Al Adha, here’s a look at landmarks and interesting locations in Makkah, Madinah and even Jeddah, where many international airlines fly into before visitors transit to the two holy cities. May these historical photos of Makkah and Madinah, as well as of Jeddah, ignite memories of past trips for those who have been there, and inspire those who plan to go in the future.
Historical Photos of Makkah Show Progress Over The Years
These interesting historical photos of Makkah have been sourced from private collections that have now become public, and we feel that it’s something that needs to be shared for future reference. Dates are approximate, but generally are from the early 1900s. Some more modern photos have also been included to be compared against the historical photos of Makkah and Madinah to show the huge leap in progress that has happened over 100 years.
How Pilgrims Travelled To Makkah 100 Years Ago
Here’s a look at how pilgrims travelled to Makkah in the olden days. Many came by boat (those from South East Asia would take months to reach there by ship), but there were also those that came by car and train.
Madinah and Jeddah Over The Years
The Kaabah and Masjidil Haram mosque may be the location where obligations of the pilgrimage are fulfilled but Madinah is also important to a Muslim pilgrim. The Grand Mosque of Madinah, Masjid An-Nabawi, is where the Prophet Muhammad’s (PUBH) tomb lies. Other locations usually visited in Madinah include Mount/Jabal Uhud, where the Battle of Uhud took place between the Madinah Muslims and non-believers from Makkah; the Quba mosque that is believed to be the first mosque in the world to go back to the life timeline of Prophet Muhammad; and Al-Qiblatain Mosque, where the Prophet received the command to change the direction of prayer (the Qiblat) from Jerusalem to Makkah.
Meanwhile, about a 4-hour’s drive outside of Madinah city lies the ancient city of Hegra. Here, you’ll find structures built into rocky formations by the Nabateans, just like at its sister city, Petra in Jordan. However, it seems that the historical trail in the greater Al Madinah area goes back even further, with the discovery of a large trilobite fossil near Hegra.
Jeddah: Gateway Into Saudi Arabia
While Makkah and Madinah may be the focus for religious activities pertaining to the Hajj and Umrah, Jeddah is where many airlines fly into, bringing travellers from all around the world. It’s interesting to note that there are many historical places still well-preserved enough around the city that hints at how it might have looked in times past.
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Hopefully, these historical photos of Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah has provided a glimpse into these cities then and now, and will inspire your travels wether as a pilgrim or as an explorer.
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