1.7m pil­grims mark the Hajj in Mecca

Irish Examiner - - World News -

More than 1.7m pil­grims are de­scend­ing on Mecca in Saudi Ara­bia to mark the start of the Hajj pil­grim­age.

Many be­gin by cir­cling the cube-shaped Kaaba — Is­lam’s holi­est site — and per­form­ing a series of rites that trace the foot­steps of the Prophet Mo­hammed.

Mus­lims be­lieve the rites also trace the foot­steps of the prophets Ibrahim and Is­mail — Abra­ham and Ish­mael in the Bi­ble. The Kaaba rep­re­sents the metaphor­i­cal house of God and one­ness of God in Is­lam.

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