Inside Mecca

Fidelma OLeary outside the Grand Mosque
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One of the five pillars of Islam, hajj is required of all Muslims at least once in a lifetime if they are physically and financially able to do so without compromising family responsibilities. Each year, Muslims from all over the world embark on an epic reaffirmation of faith and quest for salvation that peaks in and around Mecca during five days of the last month of the Islamic calendar.

National Geographic News takes an inside look at Inside Mecca
Photograph copyright Reza, National Geographic Society
 
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