Photos of Mecca (Makkah)

Editor’s Note: Rare black & white photos of Mecca dating back to 1850 are in the last portion of this page.

Kaaba,in the Centre, police around for royal visit in Masjid al Haram, Mecca (Makkah)Brief History: Makkah (Mecca) is located 70 km  from Jeddah, a seaport and international airport where all Hajis (Pilgrims) disembark. It is the holiest city in Islam and a pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is obligatory upon all able Muslims.  Mecca is also the birthplace of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Like Medina, entry to Makkah is also prohibited for all non-Muslims.
The landmarks of Makkah (Mecca) are Masjid al-Haram, the largest mosque in the world. This mosque is also known as the Haram or the Grand Mosque. The mosque surrounds the Kaaba, towards which Muslims turn while offering daily prayers. Another prominent place of Makkah is Hira, a cave on the Jabal al-Nur (‘The Mountain of Light’), where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation from Allah through the angel Jabreel. Another landmark is Zamzam Well, a miraculous water spring running since the times of Hazrat Ibrahim and has not dried up. It caters for the needs of ever-increasing number of Hajis. Newly built, 1,972 feet tall building Abraj Al Bait Towers (also called Makkah Tower) with a big clock, is another prominent object of Mecca.

Entrance of Makkah -Makkah Gate on Jeddah-Makkah Highway

Makkah Gate on Entrance of Makkah (Mecca) on Jaddah-Makkah Highway

Birth Place of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Mecca

Pictures of Makkah: Birth place of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) near Masjid-al-Haram, Mecca - Photos of Mecca

Mecca at Night1,972 feet (601 metres) tall building Abraj Al Bait Towers with a big clock is visible at the background. This tall building is across the street from the Masjid al-Haram.The Towers are the 2nd tallest building in the world.

View of the Masjid al-Haram, Mecca (Makkah)and Abraj Al Bait Towers, at night, the 2nd tallest building in the world.

An Aerial View of Mecca

A panoramic aerial view of Makkah city (Mecca), Mecca Province, with Masjid al Haram in the foreground.

Satellite Picture of Kaaba and Mecca City

Kaaba Pictures: Satellite picture of Kaaba and Mecca city - Mecca (Makkah) Photos

Masjid-al-Haraam

a day view of Masjid-al-Haram,Kaaba, Makkah (Mecca), Mecca Province

A Classic View of Masjid al-Haram at Night 

Pictures of Makkah: A classic view of Masjid al-Haram at night, cranes visible in the background  - Photos of Mecca

A Heavenly View of Masjid al-Haram at Night

Pictures of Makkah: A heavenly night view of Masjid al-Haram and surrounding high rise buildings - Photos of Mecca

Muslims are Ready for Iftar during Ramzan in Masjid-al-Haram, Mecca 

Photos of Makkah (Mecca): Muslims are ready for Iftar in Masjid-al-Haram, Mecca - Photos, pictures, images of Mecca (Makkah)

A Superb View of Kaaba with Abraj Al Bait Towers at the Background 

A Superb View of Kaaba, Masjid al Haram & Abraj Al Bait Towers (also called Makkah Tower) in Mecca (Makkah), Mecca Province

Abraj Al Bait Towers & the Clock

Abraj Al Bait Towers (Makkah Tower) and Clock, Mecca (Makkah), Masjid al Haram in the foreground

A Pigeon sitting in Mataf area in Masjid al-Haram 

Kaaba Pictures: A pigeon sitting in Mataf area in Masjid al-Haram - Mecca (Makkah) Photos

Kaaba in the Centre. Is this heavy contingent of police for some royal visit?

Kaaba,in the Centre, police around for royal visit in Masjid al Haram, Mecca (Makkah)

Holy Kaaba’s Cover is Being Changed

Pictures of Makkah: Holy Kaaba's cover, ghilaf-e-Kaaba (Kiswah) is being changed - Photos of Mecca

A Splendid Closeup View of Holy Kaaba while Tawaf in Progress 

Pictures of Makkah: A splendid closeup view of Holy Kaaba while pilgrims are performing tawaf - Photos of Mecca

Kaaba at Night

Kaaba at night,Masjid al Haram not very crowded at this time, Mecca (Makkah)

A Majestic View of Kaaba while the Pilgrims are Busy in Tawaf 

Pictures of Makkah: A majestic view of Kaaba with pilgrims busy in tawaf and a man resting his head on a wall - Photos of Mecca

An Exquisite Photo of Kaaba, with Two Elderly Women in Foreground

Pictures of Makkah: An exquisite photo of Kaaba with two Pakistani elderly women in foreground - Photos of Mecca

Kaaba During Rain

Kaaba during rain, Mecca (Makkah). water accumulated in Masjid al haram

Dead Bodies Awaiting Namaz-e-Janaza at Masjid al-Haram

Photos of Mecca (Makkah): Dead bodies awaiting namaz-e-janaza at Masjid al-Haram, Mecca - Photos, pictures, images of Mecca (Makkah)

A Rare Scene of Kaaba

A rare Scene of Kaaba with moon right over kaaba in Masjid al haram, Mecca (Makkah)

Aerial Photo of Kaaba

Aerial Photo of Kaaba (Masjid al Haram) at night, Mecca (Makkah)
Wonderful View of Kaaba & Mecca City

Wonderful view of Kaaba, Masjid al Haram & Makkah City at night, Mecca

Bird’s Eye View of Mecca City from Abraj Al Bait Towers
Another aerial View of Makkah (Mecca) City from Abraj Al Bait Towers (Makkah Tower)

Amazing Scene of Kaaba from the Top of Abraj Al Bait Towers
An Amazing Scene of Kaaba, Mecca (Makkah). Photo taken from Abraj Al Bait Towers (Makkah Tower)

Kaaba in Heavy Rain

Kaaba in Heavy rain at night, Mecca (Makkah), Masjid al Haram is almost empty

Kaaba During Downpour

Kaaba during downpour, heavy rain water coming out. Masjid al Haram, Mecca

A Man Praying in Masjid Al Haram

A man Praying in Masjid al Haram, Kaaba is seen in the background. Mecca (Makkah)
The Valley of Mina. Mina (Also known as the Tent City) is situated 5 km to the east of Mecca. There are more than 100,000 air-conditioned tents which provide temporary accommodation to pilgrims. In the Valley of Mina is the Jamarat Bridge, the location of the Stoning of the Devil ritual. At the start of Hajj, pilgrims go to Mina on 8th of Zilhija and spend their first night there. Their next night stay is at Muzdalfa and then next two nights stay is again in Mina.

Photos, pics of Mecca - Photo of The Valley of Mina, Mecca

Another Photo of Tents at Mina

Photos of Mecca (Makkah) - Photo of Tent city at Mina, Mecca - Photos, pictures, images of Mecca (Makkah)

People Relaxing Inside a Tent at Mina

Photos of Mecca (Makkah) - Photo of people relaxing inside a tent at Mina, Mecca - Photos, pictures, images of Mecca (Makkah)

Masjid Al Khaif at Mina

 Photos, pics of Mecca - Photo of Masjid Al Khaif at Mina

Another Photo of Masjid Al Khaif, Mina. Photo by Irfan Hashmi at flickr (from Yahoo).

Photos, pics of Mecca (Makkah) - Photo of Masjid Al Khaif, Mina near Mecca

The Plain of ArfatArfat is a vast open ground where the largest gathering of Muslims takes place every year on 9th of Zilhija. It is called “Waqoof -e- Arfat” (stay in Arfat). Muslims offer two combined prayers here under one Azan on Hajj Day. The qasar (shortened) prayers of Zuhar and Asar are offered here jointly just after concluding Khtuba-e-Hajj. Hajj is actually the name of Waqoof-e-Arfat and there is no substitute or penalty (damm) if someone does not attend the stay of Arfat. Penalty(damm) may be given against other Hajj elements but Waqoof-e-Arfat is essential. At Arfat pilgrims spend their time glorifying Allah, repeating the supplication, repenting to Allah and asking Him for forgiveness.

Photos, pics of Mecca - Photo of The Plain of Arfat, Mecca

Masjid e Nimra at Arfat. Masjid e Nimra is situated in Arfat.  Here Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered the last historic sermon (Khutba) of Hajj. Every year on 9th Zihija, Hajj Khutba is delivered from this mosque. Only two salat (Prayers) are offered in this mosque during a year. On Haj day ( the 9th Zilhija) Zuhar and Asar prayers are offered jointly by pilgrims. During Hajj it is very difficult for every pilgrim to reach here but in other days, the mosque remains empty and might be seen easily. It’s courtyard area remains open for nawafil prayers but inner hall remains closed.

Photos, pics of Mecca - Photo of Masjid-e-Nimra at Arfat, Mecca

Hajis Busy in Dua at Arfat Before Sunset

Photos of Mecca (Makkah): Photo of  Hajis busy in Dua (Supplication) at Arfat before Sunset - Photos, pictures, images of Mecca (Makkah)

Waqoof-e-Muzdalifah. Muzdalifah (مزدلفة‎) is an open, level area near Mecca associated with the Hajj. It lies just southeast of Mina on the route between Mina and Arafat. Each year on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, after the waqoof-e-Arafat, pilgrims leave for Muzdalifah after sunset. They offer Mughrib and Isha prayers together at Muzdalifah. At Muzdalifah they collect pebbles which will be thrown in the Stoning of the Devil ritual in Mina during the next three or four days. The pilgrims spend the night at Muzdalifah, praying and sleeping in the open. They leave for Mina the next morning. The Wuqoof of Muzdalifah is Wajib and missing it makes a penalty (damm) compulsory.

Photos, pics of Mecca - Night Stay at Muzdalifah

Hajis Going Towards Jamarat at Mina for Stoning the DevilsFrom Muzdalifah, the pilgrims come to Mina for Stoning of the Jamarāt or Stoning of the Devil. They fling pebbles at three walls, called Jamarāt. The stoning is performed on the day of Eid al-Adha, and two or three days after. Until 2004 the three Jamarāt  were tall pillars. After the 2004 Hajj, Saudi authorities replaced the pillars with 26 m (85 ft) long walls for safety. The names of three jamarāt are:  the smallest jamrah (aj-jamrah aṣ-ṣughrā‎), the middle jamrah (aj-jamrah al-wusṭā), and the largest jamrah or Jamrah of Aqaba (aj-jamrah al-kubrā ).

Photos of Mecca (Makkah): Pilgrims (Hajis) going towards Jamrat at Mina for stoning the Devils - Photos, pictures, images of Mecca (Makkah)

Stoning of the Jamarat at Mina

Photos, pics of Mecca - Stoning of Jamarat at Mina

Pilgrims Coming out of Jamarat After Stoning the Devils

Photos of Mecca (Makkah): Pilgrims (Hajis) coming out of Jamrat at Mina after stoning the Devils - Photos, pictures, images of Mecca (Makkah)

Shaving off the Head during Hajj

Hajj Pictures: Shaving off the head during Hajj - Mecca Photos

Entrance of the Cave of Hira (Ghar-e-Hira). The Cave of Hira  (غار حراء) is located about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Mecca, on the mountain named Jabal al-Noor (‘The Mountain of Light’). Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation from Allah through the angel Jabareel (Jabriel) while he was in the Cave of  Hira. Photo by Yasir Ahmed (April 11, 2014).

Makkah Pics: Entrance of the Cave of Hira (Ghar-e-Hira) - Images, Photos of Mecca

Another view of the Entrance of the Cave of Hira.

Pic of Entrance of Hira Cave at Jabal al Noor ('The Mountain of Light'), Makkah (Mecca). Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation in Hira Cave.

Pilgrims Line up for entering the Cave of Hira. Photo by Yasir Ahmed (April 11, 2014).

Makkah Pics: Pilgrims entering Hira Cave - Images, Photos of Mecca

Jabal-al-Noor where Cave of Hira is Located. Pilgrims are visiting Hira Cave.

Jabal al Noor, Mecca (Makkah). Ghaar e Hira, Cave of Hira is located here. Pilgrims visiting Hira Cave

Cave of Hira in Relation to Kaaba. Photo taken from Jabal-al Noor near the Cave of Hira (Ghaar-e-Hira). Hazy picture of Kaaba, Masjid al Haram is also seen.

Cave of Hira pic in relation to Kaaba, Masjid al Haram. Photo taken from Jabal al Noor, Makkah

 Masjid-e-Ayesha (Masjid-e-Taneem)Masjid-e-Ayesha (Masjid-e-Taneem) is a mosque about 5 miles away from the Holy Kaaba in an area called Taneem. This place acts as Miqat (a station for putting on ihram) for people living in Mecca.This mosque is also known as Masjid-e-Ayesha because Prophet Mohammed ‘s (PBUH) wife Ayesha had put her Ihram from this place once. If someone is living in Mecca and wants to perform Umra then he should go to this place, enter into the state of Ihram and then return to Mecca so that the condition of traveling for the pilgrims is also fulfilled.

Makkah Pics: Masjid-e-Ayesha (Masjid-e-Taneem) Mecca - Images, Photos of Mecca

Photos of Makkah and Hajj – 1953 

Photo of Kaaba in 1953

Rare Photos of Mecca (Makkah): Rare photo of Kaaba, Mecca in 1953  - Rare old Photos, pictures, images of Mecca

Kaaba During Heavy Floods of 1941. The water was more than 5 feet in Mataaf area.

Kaaba Old Pictures: Kaaba during heavy floods of 1941 - Mecca (Makkah) Rare old Photos

Masjid-al-Haram and Kaaba during 1941 Floods

Kaaba Old Pictures: Masjid-al-Haram and Kaaba during 1941 floods - Mecca (Makkah) Rare old Photos

An Old Photo of Kaaba and Masjid al-Haram

Rare Pictures of Makkah: An old photo of Kaaba & Masjid al-Haram - Old Rare Photos of Mecca

A Rare Black & White Photo of Kaaba and Masjid al-Haram During Heavy Rain

Rare Pictures of Makkah: A rare Black & White photo of Kaaba and Masjid al-Haram during heavy rain, Mataf is almost empty - Old Rare Photos of Mecca

An Old Picture of Kaaba During Change of Ghilaf-e-Kaaba (Kiswah)

Rare Pictures of Makkah: An old Black & White picture of Kaaba during change of ghilaf-e-Kaaba (Kiswah) - Old Rare Photos of Mecca

A Rare Picture of Kaaba

An extremely rare black & white photo of Kaaba in Masjid al Haram, Mecca (Makkah)

Kaaba in Old Days

Kaaba in old Days, black and white photo, no crowd, Mecca (Makkah)

Old Picture of Kaaba

Old picture of Kaaba,Mecca (Makkah),a few people kissing Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone), old and rare photos of Kaaba

An Old Picture of Kaaba, 1917

Old and rare black & white Picture of Kaaba, Masjid al Haram, Mecca. Old photos of Kaaba

An Old Photo of Kaaba, with Pigeons in the Compound 

Rare Photos of Mecca (Makkah): Old and rare photo of Kaaba, Mecca with pigeons in the compound - Rare Photos, pictures, images of Mecca

Kaaba and its Surroundings in 1925

Kaaba Old Pictures: Kaaba and its surroundings in early 20th Century - Mecca (Makkah) Rare old Photos

Drawing of Kaaba as it Looked in 1911

Kaaba Old Pictures: Sketch of Kaaba as it looked in 1911 - Mecca (Makkah) Rare old Photos

Kaaba in the Early 1900s

Kaaba Old Pictures: Kaaba in the early 1900s - Mecca (Makkah) Rare old Photos

Kaaba and Hateem, Early 20th century Picture. Hateem is enclosed in the crescent-shaped wall. A half circled place adjacent to Kaaba is called  “HATEEM”. It is originally the inner side of Kaaba but in the times of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.), it could not be built completely due to non availability of funds. It means Kaaba was initially in slight rectangular shape not as squared as we see today.

Kaaba Old Pictures: Kaaba and Hateem, early 20th century picture - Mecca (Makkah) Rare old Photos

A Rare Photo of Mecca City in 1910. Kaaba and Masjid al-Haram are in foreground.

Rare Pictures of Makkah: A rare Black & White photo of Mecca city in 1910, Kaaba and Masjid al-Haram are in foreground - Old Rare Photos of Mecca

An Extremely Rare Sketch Showing Mecca City in 1850

Rare Pictures of Makkah: An extremely rare and historical sketch showing Mecca city in 1850 - Old Rare Photos of Mecca

An Old Sketch of Kaaba, Mecca. This sketch probably shows how Kaaba and the surrounding area looked like before the advent of Islam, when there were idols in the mosque. After the conquest of Makkah by the Prophet Muhammad SAWS all the idols were removed.

Rare Photos, pictures, images of Mecca- Extremely old and rare photo of Kaaba, Mecca - Rare Photos of Mecca (Makkah)

Related Pages:
Hajj Shown Graphically
Tawaf Shown Graphically
Photos of Madina
Dua’s (Supplications) for All Occasions

Editor’s Note: If you have liked this web page, then please share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media.
If it is not inconvenient, please also write your brief comment at the end of this page under the heading “Leave a Reply here”.

 

Comments

  1. Professor Dr. Asad Mustafa says:

    سبحان اللہ،جزاک اللہ .دل کو چھو لینے والی خانہ کعبہ کی تصاویر۔

  2. Afshan Asim says:

    Subhan Allah! Allah Pak hum sub ko baar baar apnay ghar bulaye…..Ameen!

  3. Masha Allah, bohut bohut payari pictures hain. Allah atmam Muslims ko iss ki ziarat naseeb farmaye. Ameen.

  4. Ather ud Din Khan says:

    Fascinating pictures. Fabulous, lovely pictures, beautiful pictures, and amazing photos, very nice views.
    I really appreciate, I really don’t have words to express my deep heart feelings for such a nice collection of Holly Macca, Jazak Allah. May All-Mighty Allah give you reward for such excellent job Ameen, Summa Ameen, Allah Humma Ameeen! May All-Mighty Allah allow you along with your family and relatives, for Haj, Umra, and of course ziarah for Madina Sharif.
    May All-Mighty Allah also permit all Muslims brothers & sisters till the Dooms Day for the sam,e Ameen. May All-Mighty Allah accept our prayers, supplications, and forgive our sins Ameen, Summa Ameen Allah Humma Ameen, Ya Rabbul Alameen. May All-Mighty Allah give Jannatul Firdous also to those who are not with us any more, Ameen.Summa Ameen Allah Humma Ameen, Ya Rabbul Alameen.
    Once again Jazak Allah.

  5. Hafiz Amir Aslam says:

    Masha Allah these are very nice pictures. I like the collection. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  6. A lot of prayers and bundle of thanks to those who collected and shared this beautiful & precious knowledge and pictures. Please pray for me that Almighty Allah give me chance to go there again & again.

  7. Masha Allah…lovely pictures…

  8. Abdul Rashid says:

    Allah-o-Akbar.
    These pictures I haven’t seen in my life.
    I am impressed and I promise to share these Photos as much as I can, InshaAllah. May Allah bless you in all ways.
    Allah hum sub ko aur humaray maa baap ko Hajj karnay ki taufeeq atta farmaye, Aameen.

  9. Muhammad Aslam says:

    MaashaAllah! Allah is the greatest. May Allah provide the opportunity to all Muslims, men and women, to perform Hajj and Umrah and offer prayers in Harmain Sharifain again and again and again……..Aameen!!

  10. S.Anwar Ahmed says:

    Thank you for this effort. These are very fascinating photographs.

  11. Usman says:

    The most beautiful picture is where the children are playing during heavy rain in background …. love it .. most are looking Pakistani children.

  12. Muhammad Rahil Alam says:

    Masha Allah bhout accha hai, sub say piyara hai. Ya Allah! hummein bhi Makkah mein namaz parhney ki toufeeq atta farma!!

  13. Rao Mukhtar Ahmed Sajid says:

    These are very historical pictures. God bless the person who collected the same for us. Jazak Allah-o-khair.

  14. Siddiq says:

    Masha Allah, wonderful photos!! Ya Allah, please give a chance to us before our death to visit holy place.

  15. Shaheera says:

    Ya Allah! Please give me a chance to perform Hajj&Umra.

  16. Muhammad Naeem says:

    Masaha Allah very nice pics. Meri Allah Pak say dua hai kay mujhay bhi Hajj aur Umrah ki saadat naseeb farmayin aur meray parents ko bhi, Ameen.

  17. Masha Allah wonderful collection of pictures. Thank you for your compilation.

  18. ماشاءاللہ بہت اچھی تصویریں ہیں بجنے والے کو اللہ تعالیٰ جزائے خیر دے آمین

  19. Muhammad Saad Khan says:

    I pray that my dear Allah give me a chance to visit the city of Mecca and Medina for maximum times during my life and my dear Allah give me the courage to become a respectful and responsible person in a Muslim society, and guide me for the spending of successful life and give me the internally and externally relief to face the challenges of the world, Ameen suma Ameen.

  20. MohammadAahmed says:

    Very nice see the old pics of Kaaba. I enjoyed this collection. May Allah provide an opportunity to visit Kaaba to every Muslim, Ameen.

  21. Masha Allah awesome job done, well done!! I feel this is what our nation lacks today but you have done a great work. I am so impressed and proud and I promise to share it as much as I can, InshaAllah. May Allah bless you in all ways.

  22. Sadiq Khan says:

    Masha Allah. This is a very nice collection of pics.

  23. Haq hai!!!!

  24. Kasim Tasheen says:

    Masha Allah! Aap sub ko nasib ho, Aameen. Allah her aik ko Haj karna nasib farmaye.

  25. Noorjhan Khalifa says:

    Masha Allah! it is so nice to look at and be reminded to all Muslims how lucky we are to be able to go to such a holy place. May Allah taal’a make it possible for everyone to perform Haj and Umrah, ameen.

  26. Asfand says:

    Fabulous, these are wonderful pics
    May Allah (S.W.T.) grant every Muslim a chance to visit "The Holy Place"!

  27. Syed Khalid says:

    Allah-ho-Akbar! These pictures I haven’t seen in my life, Masha allah. Allah hum sUb ko aur hamaraY maa baaP ko hajj karnaY ki taufiq atta farmaiye, Ameen.

  28. Masha Allaha, yeh bohut bohut payari pics hain. Allah her Muslim ko iss ki ziarat naseeb farmaye. Ameen.

  29. S. A. AHMED says:

    Fascinating pictures. I hope everyone should get a chance to visit.

  30. Bilawal Kamran says:

    Masha Allah, these pictures touch the core of my heart. Allah! Please give me a chance to perform Hajj and Umrah every year.

Leave a Reply here