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Algerian Muslim pilgrims in Mecca for the hajj take pictures on the Mountain of Mercy, near the Saudi Arabian holy city. The hajj, a central pillar of Islam and one that able-bodied Muslims must make once in their lives, is a four-day spiritual cleansing based on centuries of interpretation of the traditions of Prophet Muhammad. Read more
A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual Haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca early on Monday morning. An estimated 2m Muslims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the start of the annual Haj pilgrimage.