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In pictures: The Hajj pilgrimage

Hajj pilgrims

Muslims from across the world have been taking part in annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Hajj pilgrims

Millions massed on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca for the ritual.

Hajj pilgrims

The event is an obligation for all Muslims to undertake at least once in a lifetime, if they are physically and financially able.

Muslim pilgrims attend the last part of the hajj - the ritual stoning of three pillars representing Satan - in Mina.

The pilgrims went to Mina, east of Mecca, for the ritual stoning of three pillars representing Satan.

Muslim pilgrims shave their heads in a Hajj tradition on the first day of Eid al-Adha.

On the first day of Eid al-Adha, here they queued to have their heads shaved.

Hajj pilgrimage

The pilgrims are marking the re-enactment of the trials of Abraham.

Hajj pilgrimage

New safety measures were added to the Hajj, aimed at preventing stampedes that have killed hundreds in previous years.

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