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Muslim pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for pinnacle of Hajj pilgrimage

  • 20 Aug 2018

More than 2 million Muslims have embarked on the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, which is a religious requirement for all able-bodied Muslims once in their lifetime.

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque, before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, early Sunday, August 19, 2018. ( TRTWorld )

Muslim pilgrims on Monday began ascending Mount Arafat for the climax of the annual Hajj, which brings together more than two million people from around the world.

A sea of worshippers scaled the rocky hill southeast of the holy city of Mecca for a day of prayers and reflection where Muslims believe Prophet Muhammed delivered his final sermon.

Muslim pilgrims walk towards Namirah Mosque on Mount Arafat, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, August 20, 2018.(TRTWorld)
Muslim pilgrims walk past the Namirah Mosque on Mount Arafat during the annual Hajj pilgrimage outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Monday, August 20, 2018.(TRTWorld)
Muslim pilgrims walk towards Namirah Mosque on Mount Arafat, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, August 19, 2018. More than 2 million Muslims have begun the annual hajj pilgrimage, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.(AP)
A sand storm engulfs Muslim pilgrims as they arrive at Namirah Mosque on Mount Arafat, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, August 19, 2018.(AP)
In this August 16, 2018, photo taken with a long exposure, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba as they pray at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world.(TRTWorld)

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