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Tags: saudi | muslims | pilgrimage | hajj

Saudi Arabia: Muslim Hajj Pilgrimage to Start Thursday

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:41 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia has announced that the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, which attracts around 3 million Muslims worldwide each year, will begin on Thursday.

The kingdom's High Court, comprised of religious scholars who serve as judges, announced Tuesday that Eid al-Adha celebrations that mark the four-day pilgrimage will begin on Friday.

Hajj is among the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.

Already some 1.4 million people from 160 countries have arrived in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for hajj, which according to Islam traces the steps of prophets such as Muhammad, Abraham, and Ishmael.

Hajj is a spiritual experience aimed at fostering closeness to God, the cleansing of sins and a sense of unity and equality among Muslims.

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Saudi Arabia has announced that the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, which attracts around 3 million Muslims worldwide each year, will begin on Thursday.
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