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In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah

The annual Hajj pilgrimage begins on September 10, and more than a million Muslims have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for what will for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives.

In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
A general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah, on September 6, 2016. More than a million Muslims have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for the start of the Hajj pilgrimage on September 10, which for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
A Muslim pilgrim touches the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
Muslim pilgrims walk in the streets of Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
Muslim pilgrims circle Islam's holiest shrine, the Kaaba, at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Makkah, on September 6, 2016. The annual Hajj pilgrimage begins on September 10, and more than a million Muslims have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for what will for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
An aerial picture shows thousands of tents housing Muslim pilgrims crowded together in Mina, near the holy city of Makkah, September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
Muslim pilgrims touch Islam's holiest shrine, the Kaaba, at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Makkah, on September 6, 2016. The annual Hajj pilgrimage begins on September 10, and more than a million faithful have already flocked to Saudi Arabia in preparation for what will for many be the highlight of their spiritual lives. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
Muslim pilgrims walk in the streets of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
An aerial picture shows the area where Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles at pillars during the 'Jamarat' ritual, the symbolic stoning of Satan, in Mina, near the holy city of Makkah, on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
Muslim pilgrims touch the golden doors of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
A member of Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) walks past ambulances before the beginning of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
Muslim pilgrims push fellow pilgrims on wheelchairs in the streets of Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah
An air ambulace helicopter of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) flies above another ambulance helicopter before the beginning of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Makkah on September 6, 2016. Muslims from across the world have gathered in Makkah in Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which is a pillar of Islam. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)