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Journey to Mecca

Muslim pilgrims walk to cast their stones at a pillar symbolising Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims walk to cast their stones at a pillar symbolising Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims walk to cast their stones at a pillar symbolising Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims perform Tawaf al-Ifada after Arafat day during the annual haj pilgrimage at the grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims perform Tawaf al-Ifada after Arafat day during the annual haj pilgrimage at the grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims perform Tawaf al-Ifada after Arafat day during the annual haj pilgrimage at the grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim has his head shaved after casting seven stones at a pillar that symbolizes Satan, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim has his head shaved after casting seven stones at a pillar that symbolizes Satan, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim has his head shaved after casting seven stones at a pillar that symbolizes Satan, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar that symbolizes Satan, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar that symbolizes Satan, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar that symbolizes Satan, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims from Somalia rest while they climb the Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims from Somalia rest while they climb the Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims from Somalia rest while they climb the Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims arrive to pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims arrive to pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims arrive to pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim takes a selfie at Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim takes a selfie at Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim takes a selfie at Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer at the Grand mosque, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer at the Grand mosque, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer at the Grand mosque, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gather with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gather with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gather with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims' tents are pictured in Mina near Mecca, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims' tents are pictured in Mina near Mecca, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims' tents are pictured in Mina near Mecca, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrim gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrim gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrim gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims arrive at the plains of Arafat, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims arrive at the plains of Arafat, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims arrive at the plains of Arafat, August 19, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim visits Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gathers with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gathers with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gathers with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims pray outside Namira Mosque on the plains of Arafat, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim prays while she climbs Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim prays while she climbs Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim prays while she climbs Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim from Afghanistan speaks on the phone after night prayers beside the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim from Afghanistan speaks on the phone after night prayers beside the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim from Afghanistan speaks on the phone after night prayers beside the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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A Muslim pilgrim takes photograph with his mobile phone while others circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim takes photograph with his mobile phone while others circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Muslim pilgrim takes photograph with his mobile phone while others circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer at the Grand mosque, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer at the Grand mosque, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer at the Grand mosque, August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand mosque, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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