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Hajj Pilgrimage - 2011

  1. 1. Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca - 2011
  2. 2. Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca November 2011 <ul><li>Muslims make their way to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the annual hajj pilgrimage. The five-day observance, which ended Tuesday, draws up to 3 million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Chanting &quot;God is great,&quot; millions of Muslims on Sunday stoned pillars representing the devil in a symbolic rejection of temptation on the second day of their annual hajj pilgrimage, a day that also marks the start of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Vast crowds cast pebbles as they flowed past the three pillars, which now resemble curved walls, in a four-level sprawling concrete structure built to expedite the flow of pilgrims. The ritual will be repeated for two more days, with participants eventually throwing stones at all three pillars. The ritual in the desert valley of Mina commemorates Abraham's stoning of the devil, who is said to have appeared three times to the prophet to tempt him. </li></ul>(Click to exit page)
  3. 3. The Grand Mosque is seen from the top of the Hira cave near Mecca. November 2, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo; Hassan Ammar
  4. 4. November 2, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar A Muslim pilgrim prays as visits the Hiraa cave at the top of Noor Mountain.
  5. 5. Muslim pilgrims visit the Hiraa cave, at the top of Noor Mountain. November 2, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  6. 6. Birds fly over Muslim pilgrims near the Grand Mosque. November 3, 2011 - Saudi holy city of Mecca Photo: Fayez Nureldine
  7. 7. Photo: Hassan Ammar Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims move around the Kaaba (center) inside the Grand Mosque. November 3, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  8. 8. Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims move around the Kaaba, seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque. November 3, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  9. 9. Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims pray at the Grand Mosque. Nov. 3, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  10. 10. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gather at the Grand Mosque. Photo: Wang Bo November 3, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  11. 11. Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims pray outside and inside the Grand Mosque. November 3, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  12. 12. Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims pray outside and inside the Grand Mosque . November 3, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  13. 13. Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims pray inside the Grand Mosque. November 4, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  14. 14. Muslim pilgrims head to pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat. November 4, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  15. 15. Muslim pilgrims head to pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat near Mecca. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws 2.5 million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. Photo: Hassan Ammar November 4, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  16. 16. Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims pray inside the Grand Mosque. Novemer 4, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  17. 17. Saudi special forces stand guard as Muslim pilgrims pray during Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque. Novemer 4, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  18. 18. Muslim pilgrims pray in the shade of on of the minarets of the Grand Mosque. Novemer 4, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  19. 19. Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat. November 4, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  20. 20. Muslim pilgrim pray outside Namira mosque in Arafat. Novemer 5, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  21. 21. Muslim pilgrim pray outside Namira mosque in Arafat. Novemer 5, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  22. 22. Muslim pilgrims climb a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat . Novemer 5, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  23. 23. Muslim pilgrims climb a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy on the Plain of Arafat . Novemer 5, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  24. 24. On Saturday, the second day of the hajj pilgrimage, Muslims gather in the desert plain of Arafat. Photo: Amel Pain Novemer 5, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  25. 25. Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat. Novemer 5, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  26. 26. Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat. Novemer 5, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  27. 27. Muslims arrive in Mina on Sunday for the stoning ritual. Photo: Ammar Awad Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  28. 28. Thousands of Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the &quot;Jamarat&quot; ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca. Photo: Fayez Nureldine Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  29. 29. A crowd of Muslim pilgrims make their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina. Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  30. 30. Muslim women pilgrims make their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj. Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  31. 31. Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo: Hassan Ammar Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  32. 32. Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina. Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  33. 33. Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina.
  34. 34. Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina.
  35. 35. Muslim pilgrims protect their heads from stones thrown by others at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina. Photo: Hassan Ammar Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  36. 36. Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called &quot;Jamarat,&quot; the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina. Novemer 6, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  37. 37. The Mecca CLock Tower dominates the city as Muslim pilgrims walking around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque of the holy city of Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage rituals. Novemer 7, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Fayez Nureldine
  38. 38. Tents of Muslim pilgrims recede into the distance at Mina, Saudi Arabia. Novemer 7, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Ammar Awad
  39. 39. Mina, Saudi Arabia — Muslims cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the devil as part of one of the hajj rituals called jamarah on Tuesday. Novemer 8, 2011 - Mecca, Saudi Arabia Photo: Hassan Ammar
  40. 40. THE END Photo: Cheryl Ravelo http:// www.slideshare.net/mericelene

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