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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi performs Umrah at Makkah Mukaramma (Makkah-Medinah), Mecca.

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In this picture taken with slow shutter speed, Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, durning the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it.

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Pilgrims walk to take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, and the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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Pilgrims walk to cast stones at a pillar in the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last rite of the annual hajj, and the first day of Eid al-Adha, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage to Mecca is required once in a lifetime of every Muslim who can afford it and is physically able to make it.

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Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill known as Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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Muslim pilgrims make their way down on a rocky hill known as Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. More than 2 million pilgrims were gathered to perform initial rites of the hajj, an Islamic pilgrimage that takes the faithful along a path traversed by the Prophet Muhammad some 1,400 years ago.

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A Muslim pilgrim prays as she watches thousands of pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have arrived in the kingdom to participate in the annual hajj pilgrimage, a ritual required of all able-bodied Muslims at least once in their life.

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Members of the Saudi special forces perform during a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The annual Hajj pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world.

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

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