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In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage

The hajj and lesser umrah pilgrimages bring millions of Muslims to Saudi Arabia every year

In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Pakistani Hajj pilgrims queue to embark onto a bus at The Hajj Complex in Islamabad on August 23, 2016, before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The hajj and lesser umrah pilgrimages bring millions of Muslims to Saudi Arabia every year. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Pakistani Hajj pilgrims wait for transport at The Hajj Complex in Islamabad on August 23, 2016, before leaving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. The hajj and lesser umrah pilgrimages bring millions of Muslims to Saudi Arabia every year. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Egyptian pilgrims arrive at the Cairo International Airport late on August 25, 2016, for their departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 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. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
An Egyptian pilgrim arrives at the Cairo International Airport late on August 25, 2016, for her departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 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. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Egyptian pilgrims arrive at the Cairo International Airport late on August 25, 2016, for their departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 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. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Egyptian pilgrims arrive at the Cairo International Airport late on August 25, 2016, for their departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 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. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Egyptian pilgrims arrive at the Cairo International Airport late on August 25, 2016, for their departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 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. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: Pilgrims ready for departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Egyptian pilgrims arrive at the Cairo International Airport late on August 25, 2016, for their departure to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. 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. (Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images)