‘Green hajj’ slowly takes root in Mecca

Thousands of cleaners are busy separating plastic from other rubbish as more than two million Muslims wrap up the pilgrimage to Mecca that presents a huge environmental challenge for Saudi Arabia. The Mamuniya camp in Mina near the holy city is dotted with colour-coded barrels — black for organic waste and blue for cans and plastics for recycling.

Hajj pilgrims take part in symbolic ‘stoning of the devil’

Pilgrims make their way to the Jamarat to take part in the symbolic ‘stoning of the devil,’ the last major ritual of the hajj pilgrimage that heralds the start of the Eid al-Adha feast. Muslims on the annual hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, made their way across the Mina valley of the western Saudi Arabian Mecca province, many carrying pebbles in plastic bottles.

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.

Muslim worshippers stoning devil during Hajj pilgrimage

Muslim pilgrims cast pebbles in a symbolic stoning of the devil, during the annual pilgrimage, known as the hajj, in Mina outside of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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Hajj pilgrims travel to Mount Arafat near Mina

Pilgrims are traveling to Mount Arafat, east of Mecca, on the second and last day of the Hajj pilgrimage. Today they will perform the ritual stoning of the Devil by throwing stones at three pillars representing Satan.

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