Millions of Muslims from across the world converge on Islam's holiest city of Mecca and nearby sites in Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
One of the five pillars of Islam, the Hajj is a mandatory duty for all Muslims to make at least once in their lifetime if they have the financial and physical means to do so.
The pilgrimage takes place from the eighth to the 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
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This further exacerbated the already tense relationship between the two nations.The pilgrims circle the Kaaba seven times, always in an anti-clockwise direction Buried under rubble: around two million people travel to Mecca every year.The pilgrimage has been frequently overshadowed by misfortune – for example, on 15 September 2015.The wristbands will store personal data including health details and location, as well as inform pilgrims about prayer times Praying on the mountain: one of the most important stations on the pilgrimage is the walk on Mount Arafat.It is here that the faithful supplicate to Allah to forgive their sins.In Muzdalifah, the faithful collect pebbles to use for a symbolic stoning of the devil on the following day in the desert valley of Mina, just outside Mecca.They cast pebbles at pillars in a rite commemorating Ibrahim's reaction when the devil tried to tempt him into disobeying God.Muslims perform the Hajj following in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad, but the pilgrimage to Mecca can be traced back thousands of years to the time of the prophet Ibrahim, known as Abraham in the Old Testament.According to Islam's holy book, the Koran, Ibrahim and his son Ishmael built the Kaaba, or House of God, in Mecca as a house of monotheistic worship. Millions of devout Muslims are again conducting the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.All worshippers visit the Grand Mosque in the Saudi Arabian city.In the inner courtyard of the mosque is the Kaaba, the "House of God", in the form of a black cube.