In the footsteps of Prophet
Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims
around the Kaaba (the black cube seen at center)
inside the Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest shrine, in Mecca.
The Kaaba is the original place of worship that Muslims believe
Abraham and Ishmael built 4,000 years ago. More than 2 million
pilgrims are expected to take part in the Muslim annual "hajj" pilgrimage
A pilgrim from India prays for forgiveness
the site of Prophet Muhammad's last sermon.
Hundreds of thousands of faithful gathered
to pray in a symbolic enactment of the Final
Judgment,which marks the high point of the hajj
A Muslim pilgrim counts his stones in the
valley of Mina,
near the birthplace of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
"The Stoning of the Satan" is a traditional ritual on
the first day of Eid al-Adha, the four-day celebration
of the completion of the hajj.
This year 35 people were killed in a stampede during this ritual
Saudis and foreign workers pray inside a
tent in Mina,
three kilometers southeast of Mecca, earlier in the week,
while setting up tents to receive some 2 million pilgrims
On the first day of Eid al-Adha,
shave their heads as part of a purification ritual
Pilgrims converge on Arafat, the site
Prophet Muhammad's last sermon, to pray in
a symbolic enactment of the Final Judgment
An Iraqi pilgrim holds up his national flag as
of thousands of Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Arafat
Muslim pilgrims gather around the holy Kaaba
at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
The faithful circle the cube-shaped Kaaba seven times,
the traditional greeting of worshipers to the holy shrine