Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

1. Millions of pilgrims have arrived in Mecca for Islam’s annual Hajj pilgrimage with Saudi authorities warning they will stop any disruptive protests over the conflict in Syria.

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

2. Hajj must be performed least once in their lifetime by Muslims capable of making a duty applies equally Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims.

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

3. Saudi leaders have emphasised it is a strictly religious occasion and they are prepared to deal with any troublemaking.

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

4. A Muslim pilgrim leaves the Grand Mosque with his daughter after performing the evening prayers

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

5. Muslim pilgrims perform their prayers in the Grand Mosque of the holy city of Mecca

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

6. Muslim pilgrims wait for the start of prayers at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

7. Muslim pilgrims leave the Grand mosque after the noon prayer in Mecca

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

8. Muslim pilgrims perform their evening prayers, in Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj



9. Muslim pilgrims perform their evening prayers in the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj

10. A Muslim pilgrim waits in a wheelchair after performing early dawn prayers in an area near the Grand Mosque

Millions of Muslims gather in the Saudi city of Mecca to perform the Hajj