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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 December 2007, 13:31 GMT
In pictures: Muslim pilgrimage or Hajj

Pillar at the top of Mount Arafat

More than two million Muslims from around the globe have gathered around Mount Arafat near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the high point of their annual pilgrimage.

Pilgrims on Mount Arafat

The day-long station at Arafat symbolises Muslims' wait for the day of judgement. They spend the day praying.

Pilgrim on Mount Arafat

Male pilgrims wear a simple uniform of seamless, two-piece, white garments called the Ihram, which also signify their state of purity.

Plain of Arafat

The pilgrims make a sea of white as they stream in their thousands onto the plain of Arafat.

Women pilgrims

For many, the pilgrimage is the fulfilment of a life-long ambition. All Muslims capable of making the journey are duty-bound to do so.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Kaaba

One of the VIPs invited by the Saudi government this year is the controversial Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on his first pilgrimage.

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