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2 mln Muslim pilgrims arrive in Mecca

2008-12-06 10:13:35 GMT2008-12-06 18:13:35 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Muslim Pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca Dec. 5, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Muslim Pilgrims pray at the Grand Mosque in Mecca Dec. 5, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Muslim Pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca Dec. 5, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Muslim Pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca Dec. 5, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Muslim Pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca Dec. 5, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Over two million Muslim pilgrims arrive in the holy city of Mecca this week for the Haj pilgrimage, one of the world's biggest displays of mass religious devotion and duty for able-bodied Muslims. The climax of the pilgrimage is on Sunday when worshippers spend the day gathered en masse on and around Mount Arafat, about 15 km (10 miles) east of Mecca.

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