[PHOTOS] Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime

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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