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Sunday, 4 March, 2001, 15:52 GMT
In pictures: Hajj reaches climax
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have climbed to the top of Mount Arafat, near the holy city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia, at the climax of their annual pilgrimage, or Hajj.

Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it is required to make the pilgrimage at least once during their lifetime.

People gathering
They gathered in their thousands on Mount Arafat

Man on camel
For many, it was a slow procession to the holy site

Praying on top of vehicle
Pilgrims shout prayers from the roof of a van on their way to the Namera mosque

Man praying
A pilgrim from India prays for forgiveness at the site of the prophet's last sermon

Woman praying
Others prayed for an end to "the Israeli occupation of Palestine"

Man reading Koran
Some paused along the route to read from the holy Koran

Man checking sheep's tongue
After prayers, pilgrims "stone the devil" and sacrifice animals.

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