Filmed in Makkah over a period of five days, this is one of the most beautiful footages of Makkah you’ll ever see. Shot on a Canon 5D by Almuhannad Alkadam (pseudonym kdmart), with music by composer Assem Bunni, the video consists of exactly 7200 still photographs stitched together using Adobe After Effects CS5.
You’ll begin to understand the masses of people who are there, all for one purpose- to carry out one of the major responsibilities of each Muslim- to go to Hajj if they are able and can afford to go.
You see pilgrims each throwing seven small stones at Jamrat al-ʿAqabah—one of three stone towers (i.e. jamrahs) located in the valley of Minā—which is identified by tradition as the site where the patriarch Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) stoned Satan.
In the final scene the camera zooms out above the Kaabah, as the pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaabah, looking like electrons spinning around an anchored atom, you’ll begin to see how tiny humans are, and perhaps, that is why this video received Vimeo’s Staff Pick.
We do wonder though, how did Alkadam manage to get a view that high. Vimeo users, both Muslims and non-Muslims, are equally enthralled by the cinematography of this piece titled ‘Hajj: A Journey to Purity’, with comments like ‘Beautiful!’ and ‘Amazing!’, and questions on how he did it. We guess if you put your mind to it, you can bring beauty out of anything!