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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.

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Pilgrims throng the Kaaba after Hajj


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Worshippers circumambulate the Kaaba shortly after dawn.


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Muslims head off to shops and homes after prayers.


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Thousands of pilgrims crowd Mount Arafat and the surrounding area


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Atop Mt Arafat


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Sitting on Mt Arafat


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Praying at Arafat


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Known as the mountain of mercy, worshippers have to stand in prayer at Mt. Arafat as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage rituals in Saudi Arabia


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Praying atop Mt Arafat


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Standing on Mt Arafat


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Praying at Arafat


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Praying at Arafat


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A beggar in Arafat


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In transit during Hajj


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The Jamarat bridge from the air


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Stoning the devil in Mina


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Stoning the Jamarat at sunset


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Stoning the Jamarat in Mina


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Stoning the devil


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The Jamarat bridge


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Camped out at Mina


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Commanding Saudi's Public Security sector


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Hajj Public Security control room


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Mina's sprawling tent city


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Stoning the Jamarat in Mina


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Qur'an seller.


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Incense in Saudi


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Pre-prayer shopping


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A cloth trade


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Street waste in Makkah


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Gathered for prayer


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Textile Merchant. Mecca has for centuries been a hub of trade & commerce. Today, worshippers continue the tradition, looking for clothes, rugs and other goods to take home to family and friends.


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Constant rush at Makkah's KFC






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