Some two million Muslims from across the globe started the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
The 5-day pilgrimage is among the largest spiritual gatherings on the planet.
Pilgrims are encircling Islam‘s most sacred website, the dice-formed Kabaa within the holy metropolis of Mecca, amid hovering temperatures. They’re additionally participating in a collection of rituals this week that intend to advertise larger humility and unity amongst Muslims.
Participation within the hajj is among the 5 pillars of Islam and is seen as a chance to wipe clear a slate of previous sins and begin recent. All in a position-bodied Muslims should carry out the 5-day pilgrimage as soon as of their lifetime.
Final yr’s pilgrimage was marred by a stampede close to Mecca that killed greater than 2,four hundred individuals, making it one of many deadliest incidents to happen through the annual hajj. The stampede occurred as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims pushed their means ahead to get near the partitions in Mina, an enormous valley about three miles from Mecca.
In 2006, greater than 360 individuals have been killed in a stampede in the identical space. One other one occurred in 2004, leaving 244 lifeless and tons of injured.
Pilgrims this yr appear unperturbed by final yr’s catastrophe as they embark on the identical journey which Islam teaches the Prophet Muhammad took some 1,four hundred years in the past.
The Related Press contributed to this story.
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