Mecca During Hajj, Saudi Arabia

Photograph by Thomas Abercrombie

Emotions at a fever pitch, a quarter of a million Muslims jam Haram Mosque in the holy city of Mecca to pay homage to Allah. In a milling mass, those in the center—blurred in this time exposure—circle the black-draped Ka'ba, most sacred of Islamic shrines. As a Muslim, author-photographer Thomas Abercrombie obtained rare permission to photograph this annual pilgrimage.

National Geographic magazine, January, 1966