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Wednesday, 15 March, 2000, 16:58 GMT
The Hajj in pictures

As many as two million Muslims have gathered on the sacred Plain of Arafat in Saudi Arabia, for the high point of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. They spend the day praying for forgiveness on or near the hill where Muslims believe the last passage of the Koran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed 14 centuries ago.



A stream of pilgrims arrive in Arafat by foot.


Others arrive packed in - and on - cars and buses.



A pilgrim prays for forgiveness in a symbolic enactment of the final day of judgement.


In temperatures reaching 37 degrees Celsius (99 F), many pilgrims shelter below umbrellas.


The midday prayer at Arafat - a child sleeps bound to her praying mother's back.


A pilgrim reads from the Koran. In the background others clamber onto Mount Arafat.

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