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Image: Muslim pilgrims pray during Friday prayers at the Grand mosque in Mecca

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Faithful Await Hajj on Historic Saudi Mountaintop

On Saturday, more than 2 million worshippers are expected to begin the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.

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Image: Muslim visits the Hira cave at the Mount Al-Noor ahead of Hajj

A woman climbs toward the top of Noor Mountain ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Sept. 7, 2016. The Quran holds that the Prophet Muhammad heard his first revelation from God while atop Noor Mountain. 

 

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Image: Muslim pilgrims visit the Hera cave cave at the top of Mount Al-Noor

Muslim pilgrims visit the Hiraa cave at the top of Noor Mountain on Sept. 7.

The cave is believed to be where the prophet prayed and received the divine inspiration to preach and spread Islam.

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Image: Pilgrims pray at Mount Al-Noor ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca

Pilgrims pray at Noor Mountain on Sept. 7.

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Image: Children from Mecca play atop of of Noor Mountain

Children from Mecca play on top of Noor Mountain on Sept. 9.

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Image: Muslim visits the Hira cave at the Mount Al-Noor ahead of Hajj

A woman prays on Noor Mountain on Sept. 7.

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Image: Muslim visits the Hira cave at the Mount Al-Noor ahead of Hajj

A man prays on Noor Mountain on Sept. 7. 

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Image: A pilgrim prays at Mount Al-Noor ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca

A pilgrim prays at Noor Mountain on Sept. 7.

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Image: Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand mosque in Mecca

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Sept. 6.

Islam's 1.6 billion followers pray toward the cube-shaped shrine five times a day. 

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Image: A Muslim pilgrim sleeps while reading the Koran at the Grand mosque in Mecca

A pilgrim sleeps while reading the Koran at the Grand Mosque on Sept. 8. The hajj pilgrimage is an act of faith required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

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