Thousands of Muslims in the morning prayer in Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage

Thousands of Muslims from around the world are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the trip of a lifetime

Thousands of Muslims from around the world are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of their lives.

Impressive photographs of the exhibition show a mass of white in Masjid al-Haram (Great Mosque), where thousands of pilgrims have already arrived to pray.

It is expected that three million Muslims will gather in the Kaaba, the most sacred place of Islam, during the Hajj 2018.

Thousands of Muslims from around the world are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the trip of a lifetime

Thousands of Muslims from around the world are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the trip of a lifetime

Impressive photographs of the screen show a mass of white in the Masjid al-Haram (Great Mosque), where thousands of pilgrims have already arrived to pray

Impressive photographs of the screen show a mass of white in the Masjid al-Haram (Great Mosque), where thousands of pilgrims have already arrived to pray

Impressive photographs of the screen show a mass of white in the Masjid al-Haram (Great Mosque), where thousands of pilgrims have already arrived to pray

Hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, which every Muslim must complete at least once in his life if he has the means to do so.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, which every Muslim must complete at least once in his life if he has the means to do so.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, which every Muslim must complete at least once in his life if he has the means to do so.

Many Muslims have already started to surround the Kaaba (pictured) ready for Hajj 2018, which begins in just over a week.

Many Muslims have already started to surround the Kaaba (pictured) ready for Hajj 2018, which begins in just over a week.

Many Muslims have already started to surround the Kaaba (pictured) ready for Hajj 2018, which begins in just over a week.

Reportedly, it is the largest gathering of people on the planet and officially begins on Sunday, August 19 until Friday, August 24.

The Muslims will surround the Kaaba in the form of a cube and take part in a series of rituals destined to achieve greater humility and unity among them.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, which every Muslim must complete at least once in his life if he has the means to do so.

To a large extent, it is seen as an opportunity to erase past sins and start over.

Many seek to deepen their faith in Hajj, and women acquire the Islamic cover known as "hijab". upon returning from the pilgrimage.

The Muslims surround the Kaaba in the form of a cube and take part in a series of rituals destined to achieve greater humility and unity among them.

The Muslims surround the Kaaba in the form of a cube and take part in a series of rituals destined to achieve greater humility and unity among them.

The Muslims surround the Kaaba in the form of a cube and take part in a series of rituals destined to achieve greater humility and unity among them.

It is expected that three million Muslims will gather in the Kaaba, the most sacred place of Islam, during the Hajj 2018, while thousands have already arrived today (in the photo)

It is expected that three million Muslims will gather in the Kaaba, the most sacred place of Islam, during the Hajj 2018, while thousands have already arrived today (in the photo)

It is expected that three million Muslims will gather in the Kaaba, the most sacred place of Islam, during the Hajj 2018, while thousands have already arrived today (in the photo)

It is reported that it is the largest gathering of people on the planet and officially begins on Sunday, August 19 until Friday, August 24

It is reported that it is the largest gathering of people on the planet and officially begins on Sunday, August 19 until Friday, August 24

It is reported that it is the largest gathering of people on the planet and officially begins on Sunday, August 19 until Friday, August 24

The Muslim Hajj pilgrims perform morning prayer around the Kaaba, the holiest place in Islam, located in the center of the Al-Haram Mosque (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The Muslim Hajj pilgrims perform morning prayer around the Kaaba, the holiest place in Islam, located in the center of the Al-Haram Mosque (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The Muslim Hajj pilgrims perform morning prayer around the Kaaba, the holiest place in Islam, located in the center of the Al-Haram Mosque (Grand Mosque) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Despite the physical challenges of the Hajj, many people rely on canes or crutches and insist on walking the routes.

Those who can not pay for Hajj are sometimes funded by charities or community leaders.

Others save their entire lives to make the trip. Some even walk thousands of miles on foot to Saudi Arabia, taking months to arrive.

The word Hajj is an Arabic word meaning "to pretend a trip".

Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world, and also provides the largest number of pilgrims for the Hajj.

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