Pilgrims praying around the Ka‘aba during one of the five daily prayers. To see and hear the multitude of nearly three million souls – praying around the Ka‘aba, reciting their invocations to Allah, their voices as one as they speak the supreme supplication, ‘Labbaika Allahumma, Labbaik!’ (Here I am, O God, at thy command, Here I am!) – is an overwhelming reminder of the unifying principles of the hajj, the dense crowd sweeping in an almost impossible, undulating wave.


  • Title: Ka'aba
  • Creator: Ahmed Mater
  • Date Created: 2012
  • Location Created: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Type: Photograph
  • Art Movement: Contemporary Art
  • Art Form: Photography
  • Depicted Location: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Depicted Topic: Urban Development
  • Exhibition: The Future is Unwritten

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