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Millions of people converge on Mecca, Saudi Arabia for Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage, one of the world's largest gatherings, and a sacred rite for all Muslims.

© Omar Chatriwala, Al Jazeera English

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Exiting the Jamarat bridge


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Stoning the devil in Mina


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Small Jamarah up first


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Crowds in Mina head to the Jamarat Bridge


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The Jamarat Bridge is now 5 stories, and still growing


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Stoning the devil in Mina


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Stoning the devil in Mina


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Stoning the devil in Mina


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The sprawling Jamarat bridge


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Some perspective on Mina


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Public Security monitors the Hajj


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A packed encampment on Mina's outskirts


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Pilgrims begin casting pebbles at the big jamarah (symbolic devil) early in the morning for hajj


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Slipping out of Muzdalifah in the dead of night to get early start on 3rd day of Hajj - roads are packed


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Arrived in Muzdalifah from Arafat during Hajj


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Hajj pilgrims leaving Arafat in droves for Muzdalifah at sunset


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Trekking through Arafat


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Beggars out at Arafat


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A white-clad mountain


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Praying


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One man prays on Mt Arafat


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A pillar adorns the top of Mt Arafat


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Scarce space


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Holding vigil


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Mist sprays the crowd


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Reading from a prayer book


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Crowds on the plain of Arafat


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The day of Arafat is for reflection


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Covering the mountain


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Praying for forgiveness


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Praying at Arafat


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Mount Arafat


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Pilgrims cover Arafat's roads, plains and mountain


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Pilgrims stream towards Mount Arafat during Hajj


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Pilgrims head to the 'mountain of mercy'


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Mina's hills


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The expanded Jamarat bridge


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Mina's tents


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It's raining cats, dogs and everything else here in Mina


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Pilgrims stream into Mina ahead of the day of Arafat


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Clouds over Mina


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Camps in Mina are divided by country


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Entering Mina


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Rows of tents


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White tents as far as the eye can see


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Arriving in Mina quickly, mid-morning


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Pilgrims boarding buses, heading to Mina at the start of Hajj


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Up close with the Kaaba


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The Kaaba's golden door


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Performing Tawaf


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Those who can't walk, ride


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Pilgrims on the roof of the Grand mosque


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Last call for Hajis


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A packed house


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The Haram Sharif


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Throngs of people


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Hajj pilgrims


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Outside the Haram


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A pilgrim wears a surgical mask


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Crowded streets


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In transit


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Pilgrims arrive in Jeddah


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Pilgrims arrive in Jeddah


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Learning about Hajj


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Exploring the Kaaba



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