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Journey to Mecca

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 



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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. 


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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather stones to be used to throw at marks symbolising the Devil during the annual haj pilgrimage, at Muzdalefa outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 

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Muslim pilgrims gather stones to be used to throw at marks symbolising the Devil during the annual haj pilgrimage, at Muzdalefa outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather stones to be used to throw at marks symbolising the Devil during the annual haj pilgrimage, at Muzdalefa outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslims touch the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims touch the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims touch the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. Image taken on mobile phone. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. Image taken on mobile phone. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. Image taken on mobile phone. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Female Iranian pilgrims arrive for the annual haj pilgrimage, in Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Female Iranian pilgrims arrive for the annual haj pilgrimage, in Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Female Iranian pilgrims arrive for the annual haj pilgrimage, in Arafat outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims visit the Hera cave, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit the Hera cave, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit the Hera cave, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims pray at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A Muslim reads the Koran during Friday prayers at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A Muslim reads the Koran during Friday prayers at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A Muslim reads the Koran during Friday prayers at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslims attend Friday prayers at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims attend Friday prayers at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims attend Friday prayers at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims visit Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

A muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, in the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslims touch the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims touch the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslims touch the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque ahead of the annual Haj pilgrimage, in Mecca. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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