Hajj is one of the world’s largest religious pilgrimages where 2 to 3 million Muslims from all around the world travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam. One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires that every Muslim who can afford to do so take part in the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime. While in Mecca, for five days, they perform a series of rituals. One of these requires that each person walk counter-clockwise seven times around the Kaaba, the most sacred site in Islam. It’s a cube-shaped building that has the Grand Mosque built around it, which can accommodate up to four million people.
This year, the Hajj pilgrimage is observed from October 24th to October 29th. According to official figures, over three million registered pilgrims took part in this year's event.
Photographers Hassan Anmar of AP Photo and Amr Abdallah Dalsh of Reuters have taken some stunning long-exposures that show Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and pray at the Grand Mosque. Not only do they give us an idea of what the movement and flow of the Muslim pilgrims around the Kaaba look like, they show us the shocking scale of this incredibly important religious event.
via [The Atlantic]