Intimate photos of Mecca during the Hajj
• Hidden pictures of Mecca during the Hajj
Last fall, a photographer Osman Yassin (Yasin Osman) took his mother to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the holy Hajj pilgrimage. This pilgrimage - one of the pillars of Islam, and every Muslim must perform it at least once in his life, if he allows financial condition. Therefore, every year on the pilgrimage to Mecca attracts about two million people from around the world.
"It was incredibly beautiful - see the love between pilgrims regardless of skin color or country. I met Muslims who journeyed from Burkina Faso, the Philippines, China, Italy and Spain. I met so many people, so many different stories. I was most impressed by a couple from India - Ahmed and Fatima - age greater than 70 years. They told us that saved their money for Hajj during the last 40 years. Ahmed told me that this was his main concern in life, and then they can die in peace ", - says the photographer.
And he adds: "All my life I prayed towards Mecca, but I saw the Kaaba only in pictures and video. It's hard to explain how incredible it was to see the Kaaba. I can not remember the last time I cried in front of it, but when I looked at the Kaaba for the first time - I could not stop. "
Pilgrims waiting for the Maghreb - the time after sunset, when it is necessary to perform obligatory prayer.
Pilgrims at the door of the Kaaba - the cubic buildings in the courtyard of the Masjid al-Haram.
The tunnel, which leads to the Jamarat - the place where the devil ritual pobivaniya stones.
The pilgrims come from Jamarat.
A woman collects donations.
Palmer prepares to throw a stone.
The pilgrims returned to the valley of Mina, where they live in tents during the Hajj.
Pilgrims shave and cut their hair for Hajj, then take them with you. Shaved and cut hair buried in the ground in the valley of Mina.
Despite the fact that this is wrong, pilgrims often are cut each other, resulting in a street littered with hair.
An elderly man with a baby on her back during Tawaf - circuit around the Kaaba.
The guard ensures that the pilgrims do not push when you try kissing "Black Stone" - a stone egg-shaped, mounted in one of the walls of the Kaaba. According to Islamic tradition, the "Black Stone" once was in paradise.
Prayer standing in Arafat valley.
The pilgrim stands on one of the mountains.
A pilgrim prays at sunset, the final day of Arafat. In Islam, a new day starts after sunset.
Pilgrims sleep in Muzdalifah. One of the rules of Hajj is a dream in Muzdalifah for one night.
Birds next to a place where people wait for buses and cars to travel to Jeddah and Medina.
Children waiting in the car.
These pilgrims set off from Africa and say that toy weapons will be a good gift for their children.
A local resident said the money.
The man asked the photographer to make his shot.
During the Hajj in the mosques so crowded that many people have to pray in the street.
Cats on the market.
Aziz, a place near the Masjid al-Haram, where many pilgrims stop before and after the completion of the Hajj.
The woman of India reads the Quran during Tawaf. Many women who come for Hajj, the color coordinate with each other so as not to lose each other in the crowd. Residents of Asian countries such as India, from which this group are very bright colors.