This film shows thousands of Muslims in Arafat, Muna and Mecca for the annual pilgrimage.?
GTV crowds arriving
SV pilgrims along road towards camera
SV pilgrims with sheet
SV pilgrims with belongings
GTV PAN massed pilgrims throwing stones at wall
GV PAN pilgrims walk around Al-Kaabah Mosque
GV Pilgrims outside entrance of Grand Mosque
8 SV King Feisal out of mosque, waves and shakes hands.
TV King & escort through crowds.
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Background: This film shows thousands of Muslims in Arafat, Muna and Mecca for the annual pilgrimage. It was shot on the days of the pilgrimage, the 5th and 6th February 1971 (9th and 10th Zu-El-Hidjeh 1390 AH). Because the most important day of the pilgrimage, the day of prayer at Arafat, fell on a Friday, this year's pilgrimage was called a Greater Hadj. The pilgrims are seen in Arafat, the mustering point for the Hadj, in Muna stoning the symbols of evil and in Mecca round the Holy Kaabah. The film also shows King Feisal of Saudi Arabia, who made the pilgrimage this year.
Mecca is the holiest place in Islam. It is the site of Abraham's sacrificial stone and the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed. The pilgrimage to Mecca, including Muna and Arafat, lasts from the 7th to the 9th of Zu-el-Hudjeh and is followed by another three days of celebrations from the 10th to the 12th.
This rare film was shot by Caro Jamgotonian of Saudi Arabian Television.