Millions reach Mecca for huge Hajj in Saudi heat
25 June 2023 | 12:24 pm
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Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims attend evening and night prayers at Mecca's Grand Mosque gathering together from all parts of the world to perform the annual pilgrimage of Haj.
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The islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) is one of the five pillars of Islam and a religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim. The pilgrimage takes place once a year.
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