3:56:47 AM PDT - Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Muslim pilgrims pray in Mecca as haj winds down without incident  

By Editor - Tue Aug 13, 1:19 pm

Millions of haj pilgrims began heading back to Mecca for final prayers on Tuesday as the world’s largest annual gathering of Muslims wound down without incident despite the logistical challenges and escalating regional tensions. Saudi Arabia stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites, Mecca and Medina, and its organisation of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims participated in a symbolic stoning of the devil, part of the haj rituals, in Jamarat before returning to Mecca, where the Grand Mosque filled with worshippers preparing to depart.

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Muslim pilgrims pray in Mecca as haj winds down without incident

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