Muslim devotees gather on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat for Hajj pilgrimage [Photos]

Around two million Muslims gathered on Thursday on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat for the highlight of the hajj pilgrimage, one of the world's largest annual gatherings

FP Staff August 31, 2017 20:14:24 IST
Around two million Muslims gathered on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat on Thursday for Hajj pilgrimage, one of the world's largest annual gatherings. The devotees gathered outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. AP
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Around two million Muslims gathered on Saudi Arabia's Mount Arafat on Thursday for Hajj pilgrimage, one of the world's largest annual gatherings. The devotees gathered outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. AP
This year's Hajj has seen the return of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran following a diplomatic row and a deadly stampede in 2015. AP
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This year's Hajj has seen the return of pilgrims from Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran following a diplomatic row and a deadly stampede in 2015. AP
Muslim pilgrims hold umbrellas as they attend afternoon prayers outside Namirah mosque. Thousands, who would normally make the journey from neighbouring Qatar, were absent apart from a few dozen because of the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. AP
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Muslim pilgrims hold umbrellas as they attend afternoon prayers outside Namirah mosque. Thousands, who would normally make the journey from neighbouring Qatar, were absent apart from a few dozen because of the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. AP
With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius under the desert sun, the faithful climbed the hill east of Mecca where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon some 14 centuries ago. AP
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With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius under the desert sun, the faithful climbed the hill east of Mecca where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon some 14 centuries ago. AP
The pilgrims gathered at Jabal Al Rahma, or the mountain of forgiveness. Forming a sea of white, the pilgrims ascended the hill and took up positions to pray on rocks already heated by the morning sun. AP
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The pilgrims gathered at Jabal Al Rahma, or the mountain of forgiveness. Forming a sea of white, the pilgrims ascended the hill and took up positions to pray on rocks already heated by the morning sun. AP