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September 7, 2010

Beautiful|One of the most awe-inspiring sights in religion: Hundreds of thousands of Muslims gather at Mecca to perform Umrah

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Beautiful |One of the most awe-inspiring sights in religion: Hundreds of thousands of Muslims gather at Mecca to perform Umrah.

They have come in their hundreds of thousands, all devout, converging on one of the world’s holiest places.

This was the scene at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, yesterday as Muslims around the world celebrated Ramadan.

The Grand Mosque houses the Kaaba, the most holy place in Islam, a square-shaped building that predates the religion itself. It is the Kaaba that Muslims around the world are facing when they pray towards Mecca.

 

Mecca and Medina have swollen with worshippers from Saudi Arabia and around the world undertaking the umrah, or minor pilgrimage, which peaks during Ramadan.

The Muslim fasting month ends on September 8th or 9th with the holiday of Eid al Fitr.

In this astonishing image worshippers can be seen at prayer in Mecca. The city receives 13million or more visitors every year

Awe-inspiring: The scene at the Grand Mosque yesterday. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar

Thousands of Muslims gather at the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, to perform the Umrah, the lesser pilgrimage, during the last week of the month of Ramadan

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