Fans pay tribute to West African star DJ Arafat | AFP

Fans pay tribute to DJ Arafat, an Ivorian star of the “coupe-decale” dance genre with a huge following in francophone Africa, who died after a road accident in Abidjan.

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Muslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat | AFP

Muslim pilgrims pray at Mount Arafat, also known as Jabal al-Rahma (Mount of Mercy), southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, as the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage approaches. Arafat is the site where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon about 14 centuries ago after leading his followers on the pilgrimage.

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Over 2 million Muslims begin hajj spiritual journey in Arafat

More than two million Muslims from around the world begin the hajj pilgrimage at Islam’s holiest sites, a religious duty and a multi-stage spiritual journey. Wearing the simple garb of the pilgrim, the faithful waited at dawn with their suitcases for buses to take them to Mina five kilometres to the east; there, hundreds of thousands were gathering before they set off at dawn to climb Mount Arafat, the pinnacle of the hajj.