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In pics: Millions head to Mecca for Haj

World | IBNLive.com | November 5, 2011, 2:32 pm
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 Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.
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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.

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 Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command.
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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the haj by slaughtering sheep, goats, cows and camels to commemorate Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on God's command.

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 Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan, which is part of a pilgrimage rite, in Mena.
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Muslim pilgrims arrive to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan, which is part of a pilgrimage rite, in Mena.

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 A Palestinian woman waves her hand as she sits in a bus before leaving Rafah border crossing for the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca, in the southern Gaza Strip October 14, 2011.
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A Palestinian woman waves her hand as she sits in a bus before leaving Rafah border crossing for the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca, in the southern Gaza Strip October 14, 2011.

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 Muslim pilgrims attend afternoon prayers outside the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.
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Muslim pilgrims attend afternoon prayers outside the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.

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 The Grand mosque is an annual destination for millions of Muslim pilgrims fulfilling the Haj.
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The Grand mosque is an annual destination for millions of Muslim pilgrims fulfilling the Haj.

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 Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.
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Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.

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 A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Al-Noor during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca, November 2, 2011.
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A Muslim pilgrim prays atop Mount Al-Noor during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca, November 2, 2011.

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 Muslim pilgrims pray at the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.
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Muslim pilgrims pray at the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.

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 Muslim pilgrims rest by the side of a road after afternoon prayers outside the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.
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Muslim pilgrims rest by the side of a road after afternoon prayers outside the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Grand mosque) in Mecca October 31, 2011.

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 Haj pilgrims cry as they prepare to depart for Mecca from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu October 18, 2011.
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Haj pilgrims cry as they prepare to depart for Mecca from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu October 18, 2011.

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 Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.
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Millions flock to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual haj pilgrimage, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.

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