Ever encountered a huge mass of a single religion that gathered at one place? Rarely we would have seen that kind of a view. And to make that view visible, I've gathered something for you today.
The obsolete scene where around two million Muslims have gathered near Saudi Arabia's Mecca for the peak day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. From dawn to dusk on Thursday, the 31st of September 2017, the crowd kept visiting Mount Arafat to spend the day in supplication and contemplation.
Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad delivered his final sermon on the granite hill more than 1,400 years ago. "We hope that Allah will forgive our sins, and we hope to have a new start with our God," Khaled Ahmed, a 47-year-old pilgrim from Egypt, told the Associated Press News agency. In his sermon, the prophet is believed to have called on his followers to repay their debts, beware of Satan, perform five daily prayers, fast during the month of Ramadan and give to charity.
With such words, let's take a look at this rare view of people that gathered in prayer at one place.
(Images below are Associated Press Copyright)
Dressed in white, the pilgrims could be seen climbing up the sides of the hill and taking up positions to pray on rocks already heated by the morning sun.
On the concrete pathways linking the plain to the hill, they invoked God as they walked with their palms facing the sky.
Saudi security while controlling the traffic of the Muslim pilgrims' arrival at Arafat for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca. Authorities deployed more than 100,000 security forces to secure the Hajj and assist pilgrims.
Helicopters flew around the area as the devotees converged from dawn on the surrounding Mount Arafat plain and the hill which is known as Jabal al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy.
Pilgrimage: It was still not even 10 AM and temperatures were already over 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).
A Muslim worshipper captured while reading the Koran during the Hajj pilgrimage on the Mount Arafat.
In the evening, the pilgrims travelled to Muzdalifah where they stayed the night before taking part in a symbolic stoning of the devil.
A Muslim worshipper takes selfies using his mobile phone during the Hajj pilgrimage on Mount Arafat, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Muslim worshippers set off early in the morning to scale the mountain close to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
About two million people gathered for the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia to dedicate their prayers and reflection.
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.
Around 2.6 million Muslims were estimated to attend this year's Hajj pilgrimage, which is highlighted by the Day of Arafah, one day prior to Eid al-Adha.
Mass gathering in which Muslim worshippers prayed during the Hajj pilgrimage outside Namrah Mosque in Arafat, near Mecca.
With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) under the desert sun, the faithful climbed the hill east of Mecca where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed gave his last sermon some 14 centuries ago.
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