Millions converge on Mecca

Around 3 million Muslim pilgrims from the world over perform haj on last day of the pilgrimage, celebrated with the Id al-Adha holiday.

By REUTERS
November 6, 2011 09:37
Pilgrims flock to Mecca to perform annual haj

Haj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (R) 311. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Millions of Muslim pilgrims from the world over were performing haj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Pilgrims collectively performed morning prayers led by an imam at the Great Mosque - Masjid al Haram.

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Sunday is the last day of the pilgrimage, celebrated with the Id al-Adha holiday. Muslims will travel to an open plain called Muzdalifa, between Arafat and Mina, to collect pebbles and throw them at pillars representing Satan.

Around 2.5 million to 3 million pilgrims are believed to be in Mecca to perform haj, a duty that all able-bodied Muslims must undertake at least once in their lifetime.

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