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In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage

The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so

In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Indian Muslim pilgrim hugs a relative at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Indian Muslim pilgrim (C) walks outside the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Indian Muslim pilgrim (C) is surrounded by relatives at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Indian Muslim pilgrim (L) hugs a relative at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Indian Muslim pilgrim (C) cries after hugging a relative at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Indian Muslim pilgrims hold their documents at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Indian Muslim pilgrim hugs a relative at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Indian Muslim pilgrims hold their documents at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
A luggage tag is pictured on a bag of an Indian Hajj pilgrim outside the airport as they and others prepare to leave for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Indian muslims head to Saudi for the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Indian Muslim pilgrim (C) hugs a relative at the airport before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Holy city of Makkah in New Delhi on August 7, 2016. The Hajj, the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)