Hajj: The cyclone of pilgrims circling the Mecca

The ongoing hajj pilgrimage that began on June 26 is the largest in history. As coronavirus pandemic restrictions in place since 2020 have been fully relaxed, over two million white-robed pilgrims are expected to circle the Kaaba, the cubed structure at the epicentre of Islam's holiest site, until the end of the week. Performed over five to six days, the set of rituals is the high point of the annual pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam
Curated By: Madhu Kapparath
Published: Jun 28, 2023

Image by : Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

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Pilgrims scale the rocky Mount Arafat and pray from noon to dusk, where Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his final sermon. This ritual is one of the seven performed over five to six days on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca on June 27, 2023.