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Last Updated: Wednesday December 19 2007 15:24 GMT

In pictures: The Hajj pilgrimage

Pilgrims make their way to Mount Arafat

More than two million people from around the world are in Mecca for Hajj. Here, they are leaving the tents and making their way to the holy site of Mount Arafat.

Pilgrims make their way to Mount Arafat

The pilgrims form a sea of white as they approach Mount Arafat. There's loads of security to help make sure everything runs smoothly.

Hajj Pilgrims

The men only wear two white pieces of cloth during the pilgrimage. It's called the Ihram and symbolises purity.

Muslims on Mount Arafat

Thousands of people spend the entire day praying at Mount Arafat. It represents how long Muslims' have to wait for the day of judgement.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran

It's every Muslim's duty to perform Hajj at least once in their life. Even the President of Iran is in Saudi Arabia on his very first pilgrimage.

Muslims praying in Jakrata

The Hajj pilgrimage ends on Eid. On this day, Muslims from all over the world pray at the same time.

Boy putting his shoes on

Everybody takes part in the prayers, even children.



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