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Hajj Pilgrimage Draws Over 1.5 Million Foreign Muslims to Mecca

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is witnessing a significant turnout, with more than 1.5 million foreign pilgrims arriving in Saudi Arabia by Tuesday. This year’s pilgrimage is expected to surpass the numbers from 2023, approaching pre-pandemic levels, with officials anticipating a diverse crowd from across the globe.

Despite challenges, including travel restrictions due to conflicts like the Gaza war, pilgrims are eagerly participating in rituals at the Grand Mosque, such as the Tawaf, and preparing for the upcoming days of spiritual significance. As one of the largest religious gatherings globally, the Hajj remains a central pillar of Islam, offering believers an opportunity for spiritual renewal and connection.