Once in a lifetime, Muslim pilgrims perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. More than two million pilgrims, who are capable of executing it, physically and financially, gather from all over the world for the five-day spiritual journey.
The journey is meant to ward off all their sins and they wear white robes as a sign of equality before the Almighty.
In Mecca, pilgrims perform the rituals by walking counter-clockwise seven times around the holy Kaaba or the cube, a granite stonework, that is believed to be placed by Abraham and Ishmael. The devotees also drink the holy water from the Zamzam Well.
As a part of the ritual, they even throw stones at three pillars that symbolise Satan. After the stoning, the devotees shave their heads and perform animal sacrifice.
While praying at Mount Arafat they chant "Labayk, Allahuma, labayk," — "Here I am, God, answering your call. Here I am."
After their Mecca journey, some pilgrims pay a visit to Medina city as well.
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