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Pilgrims gather in Mecca for hajj

Published on: 9:09 pm - Friday | August 17, 2018

More than 1.6 million people had already arrived in Saudi Arabia by Thursday for the annual pilgrimage, which runs from Sunday to Friday

One of the five pillars of the world’s fastest-growing religion, the hajj is expected to draw two million people from around the globe this year.

Thousands could be seen arriving in Mecca, with groups from different countries wearing distinct colours to set them apart.

Some pilgrims pushed their elderly relatives on wheelchairs while others stopped to call family members back home on video chat or buy ice cream as temperatures soared above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), AFP reports.

For many, it is their first time away from home. Every Muslim is required to complete the hajj at least once in their lifetime if they have the means to do so.

Thousands of Muslim worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba

Muslim worshippers perform prayers around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 15, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city.

Posted by CGTN on Thursday, August 16, 2018



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