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Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca

Millions of Muslims from around the world start the journey to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca
A Kashmiri pilgrim receives a kiss from a relative before she departs for Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Srinagar on August 27, 2014. The first batch of 275 Kashmiri Hajj pilgrims set off for the annual trip. Some 26,300 Hajj travel applications were received for this year's pilgrimage season, with 7,007 pilgrims selected for the journey. (AFP/Getty Images)
Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca
Kashmiri pilgrims depart for Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Srinagar on August 27, 2014. The first batch of 275 Kashmiri Hajj pilgrims set off for the annual trip. Some 26,300 Hajj travel applications were received for this year's pilgrimage season, with 7,007 pilgrims selected for the journey. (AFP/Getty Images)
Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca
A Kashmiri pilgrim hugs a relative on her departure to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Srinagar on August 27, 2014. The first batch of 275 Kashmiri Hajj pilgrims set off for the annual trip. Some 26,300 Hajj travel applications were received for this year's pilgrimage season, with 7,007 pilgrims selected for the journey. (AFP/Getty Images)
Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca
Kashmiri muslims wave as pilgrims depart for Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Srinagar on August 27, 2014. The first batch of 275 Kashmiri Hajj pilgrims set off for the annual trip. Some 26,300 Hajj travel applications were received for this year's pilgrimage season, with 7,007 pilgrims selected for the journey. (AFP/Getty Images)
Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca
Thai Muslim pilgrims board their plane before departing for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at Narathiwat airport, southern Thailand on August 27, 2014. 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. (AFP/Getty Images)
Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca
Thai Muslim pilgrims walk with their luggage towards their plane before departing for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at Narathiwat airport, southern Thailand on August 27, 2014. 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. (AFP/Getty Images)
Muslim Pilgrims Head to Mecca
Relatives watch as Thai Muslim pilgrims depart for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at Narathiwat airport, southern Thailand on August 27, 2014. 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. (AFP/Getty Images)