National Geographic : 1937 Nov
©Oscar Marcus from Black Star "HERE AM I, 0 GOD, AT THY COMMAND!" SHOUT EAGER PILGRIMS AT THE ANCIENT GATE OF MECCA Excited devotees hurry along the dusty road (left background) past little awninged booths where merchants display wares, and, passing through the arched portal, hasten into the city to prostrate themselves before the House of God. Mecca was a sacred place of pilgrimage and a busy caravan center long before Mohammed's time. Here the Prophet was born, about A. D. 570, and here his vision of the unity of God took shape, "to be carried to theends ofthe earth bytheswords ofhis followers."