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Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj - The Conversation US

Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical and financial ability to ...and more »

What is the hajj? - Deutsche Welle

The hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the most holy city for Muslims. All Muslims are expected to perform this religious duty at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able. It is one of the ...and more »

More than 2 million Muslims begin Hajj spiritual journey - Middle East Eye

More than two million Muslims from around the world began the Hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites on Wednesday, a religious duty and a multi-stage spiritual journey. This year, pilgrims from Iran are returning to Mecca in Saudi Arabia after a ...and more »

A journey through Hajj, Islam's special pilgrimage - CNN

(CNN) For the 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, the Hajj is considered a spiritual pinnacle. Each year, up to three million pilgrims descend on Mecca -- the epicenter of the Muslim world -- to seek redemption, to forgive and to be forgiven. Wrapped ...and more »

Muslim pilgrims reach mountain peak for Hajj in Saudi heat - Middle East Eye

Their palms facing the sky, around two million Muslims gathered on Thursday on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat for the highlight of the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the world's largest annual gatherings. With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 ...and more »

Donald Trump's policies worry Muslims at Hajj - Aljazeera.com

American, Canadian and British pilgrims in Mecca this week for the annual Hajj say they are worried about the policies of US President Donald Trump targeting Muslims. "People are irritated, angry, sombre, a little bit worried," said Yasir Qadhi, an ...and more »

Two million Muslims gather near Mecca for Hajj - Aljazeera.com

Around two million Muslims are gathering near Saudi Arabia's Mecca for the peak day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. From dawn to dusk on Thursday, the crowd will visit Mount Arafat to spend the day in supplication and contemplation. Muslims believe ...and more »

Hopes fade for Qatar residents to perform Hajj - Aljazeera.com

Doha, Qatar - For the last 35 years, Mohammed Shafiq, a Qatari resident from Pakistan, has been working hard to finance his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mecca. But his dream of performing the Hajj this year is fading fast. In June, Saudi Arabia, which ...and more »

A Look At Mecca, Islam's Holiest Site, At The Height Of The Hajj Pilgrimage - HuffPost

The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world's largest religious gatherings, as some 2 million people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one of Islam's five pillars of faith. Every year, the pilgrimage roughly doubles the number of ...and more »

Iranians return to annual hajj in Saudi Arabia - PBS NewsHour

Thousands of Iranian pilgrims are participating in an annual hajj in Saudi Arabia this week, signaling small amends between the two countries after a deadly stampede during the religious journey frayed diplomatic ties in 2015. Every year, millions of ...and more »