Haj: the holy pilgrimage

Over two million Muslims from around the world flood the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the annual Haj pilgrimage which is one of the five pillars of Islam.

On the day of Arafat  millions of Muslim pilgrims will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat near Mecca at the peak of the annual pilgrimage. Eid al-Adha marks the end of Haj. – text by AFP

Pilgrims perform their prayers in the Grand Mosque of the holy city of Mecca. ? Photo by AFP
Pilgrims perform their prayers in the Grand Mosque of the holy city of Mecca. ? Photo by AFP
Muslim pilgrims wait for the start of prayers at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. ? Photo by AFP
Muslim pilgrims wait for the start of prayers at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. ? Photo by AFP
Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. ? Photo by AFP
Muslim pilgrims are descending in droves on Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, the world's largest annual gathering which Saudi Arabia insists will not be affected by instability rocking the region. ? Photo by AFP
Muslims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque during the annual haj pilgrimage. ? Photo by Reuters
Muslims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque during the annual haj pilgrimage. ? Photo by Reuters
A pilgrim makes his way out of the Hera cave on Mount Noor. ? Photo by Reuters
A pilgrim makes his way out of the Hera cave on Mount Noor. ? Photo by Reuters
Muslims circle the Kaaba. ? Photo by Reuters
Muslims circle the Kaaba. ? Photo by Reuters
Pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque. ? Photo by Reuters
Pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque. ? Photo by Reuters
Pilgrims attend a prayer session along a street. ? Photo by Reuters
Pilgrims attend a prayer session along a street. ? Photo by Reuters
The sun sets over the holy city of Mecca as seen from the top of Mount Noor. ? Photo by Reuters
The sun sets over the holy city of Mecca as seen from the top of Mount Noor. ? Photo by Reuters
Muslims pray at the top of Mount Noor. ? Photo by Reuters
Muslims pray at the top of Mount Noor. ? Photo by Reuters
Pilgrims circle the Kaaba. ? Photo by Reuters
Pilgrims circle the Kaaba. ? Photo by Reuters
View from the top of Noor Mountain. ? Photo by AP
View from the top of Noor Mountain. ? Photo by AP
A Muslim prays at Jabal al-Noor 'mountain of light.' ? Photo by AFP
A Muslim prays at Jabal al-Noor 'mountain of light.' ? Photo by AFP

Comments (5) Closed




Muhammad
Oct 23, 2012 12:15pm
SubhanaALLAH... ALLAH PAK hum sub ko iss mubarak Jaga ke zyarat naseeb fermaye, Ameen
mahjabeen
Oct 25, 2012 05:38am
May GOD include us among those who r performing Haj &accept their Haj aameen.. forgive our sins &transgressions include usamong HIS Blessed ones mahjabeen
adeel
Oct 23, 2012 03:12pm
Allah hu Akbar,,,, no matter how much ppl try the NOOR of Allah can never diminish. SubhanAllah
Zehra
Oct 24, 2012 07:50am
Very nice photos....
Abdul salam tunio
Oct 24, 2012 08:22am
May ALLAH give the chance of performing hajj to all Muslim brothers! AAMEN!