Image: Mohammad Kheirkhah
A river of people flows between rows of pilgrims.
Originally, pilgrims of different faiths, including pagans, made the pilgrimage to visit the Kaaba. The shrine itself was filled with a variety of idols representing different tribal groups at the time. Then, in 630 CE, a group of Muslims following the Prophet Muhammad made the first Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. The idols were removed from the Kaaba and it became a place dedicated to Allah (God) alone.