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More than 1.7 million Muslims gather for start of Haj

Journey of five-day-long pilgrimage begins when they depart from their countries dressed in ihram

AP | PTI  |  Mecca 

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Muslim pilgrims circumambulate around the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia

More than 1.7 million people from around the world have gathered in for the start of the annual Haj, a pilgrimage required of all Muslims once in a lifetime.

At the start of today, pilgrims began circling the cube-shaped in and carrying out rites believed to trace the footsteps of the prophets and and Ishmael in the Bible.


The journey of the five-day-long pilgrimage begins for many when they depart from their countries dressed in "ihram".

For men, that entails wearing only terrycloth, seamless white garments meant to represent unity among Muslims and equality before God.

Women wear loose clothing, cover their hair and forgo makeup and nail polish to achieve a state of

First Published: Wed, August 30 2017. 17:43 IST
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