The Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca begins

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Mina is also known as the City of Tents as it hosts tens of thousands of air-conditioned tents as temporary accommodation for a significant portion of the pilgrims expected to take part in Hajj this year.

Saudi Arabia adheres to strict interpretations of Islamic law and tribal custom, requiring women to have male guardians and obey a modest dress code.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria says five Nigerian pilgrims have lost their lives since the beginning of the 2017 Hajj Operation.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was personally overseeing the arrangements. Diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed for four years as a effect.

In 2015, 769 pilgrims died in a stampede during the symbolic stone-throwing ritual near Mecca, according to Saudi official figures.

Dressed in her ihram, the white head-to-toe dress used for Hajj and Umrah, Ibu Mariah said she had been to Saudi Arabia once before when she was younger - at the age of 90 - to perform the Umrah.

Staying at Arafah is one of the essential components of Hajj, hence, the religious journey will be invalid if a pilgrim fails to spend the required time at the plain.

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Ahead of this year's hajj, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei essentially called on pilgrims to hold protests again, saying the pilgrimage offers "Muslims with a great opportunity to express their beliefs".

The country said more than 1,00,000 security personnel at various spots around Makkah and Madina to protect pilgrims. Saudi authorities, over the past few weeks, barred 95,400 individuals and 47,700 vehicles from entering Mecca because of a lack of permits.

The Eid Al-Adha is a feast marking the end of the pilgrimage. Besides King's invitation to over 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims at his expense is also seen a gesture of generating unity and brotherhood in the Ummah.

Doha earlier refused Riyadh's proposal to arrange charter flights for Qatari pilgrims.

However, the fact that 80 percent of patients show no symptoms has made it harder for health agencies to contain the disease, Legros said.

For Muslims, the Hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam.

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