Photo Gallery: Hajj 2003
Tuesday, 11 February, 2003
Ten Photos from Hajj 2003
Two million Muslims have gathered
on the sacred Plain of Arafat in the land of the Holy Places
for the climax of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, praying for forgiveness
and for war to be averted in Iraq.
Hajj pilgrims walk in a tent camp early morning prior to performing
the Jamarat (stone-throwing) in Mina, outside of Makkah, February
11, 2003. Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha on
Tuesday and two million pilgrims in Saudi Arabia threw pebbles
at a pillar representing the devil in the most accident-prone
part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Chanting "Allahu Akbar,"
the pilgrims in white seamless attire marched to Jamarat Bridge
where each pilgrim threw seven pebbles at a pillar erected where
the shaytan appeared to Ibrahim (as).
A Hajj pilgrim has his head shaved symbolizing the
completion of his Hajj in Mina, February 11, 2003.
Hajj pilgrims at Mina perform the Jamarat.
Saudi security personnel and Hajj pilgrims carry a suspected
criminal after they captured him in Mina, outside of Makkah,
February 11, 2003. The Hajj attracts many beggars and pickpockets
who roam the streets packed with pilgrims.
Women pilgrims from eastern Asia walk to perform the Jamarat
ritual in Mina, outside of Makkah, February 11, 2003.
Nearly two million Hajj pilgrims make their way to Muzdalifah
after performing Wuquf on the plain of Arafat, near Makkah, February
10, 2003. Pilgrims, as part of the Hajj, retrace the footsteps
of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by spending the night in Muzdalifah,
before spending three nights in Mina.
A Hajj pilgrim prays on Mt. Arafat in Saudi Arabia during the
Hajj Monday, Feb. 10, 2003. The Hajj pilgrimage peaked Monday
with prayers at Mt. Arafat, a gentle hill 12 miles southwest
of Makkah. The time spent at Mt. Arafat sybolizes Judgment Day,
when every person will stand before Allah and answer for his
A man prays on Mt. Arafat during the Hajj Monday, Feb. 10, 2003.
The Hajj pilgrimage peaked Monday with prayers at Mt. Arafat,
a gentle hill 12 miles southwest of Makkah.
A Muslim pilgrim on the Hajj prays on Jabal al-Rahman,
the Mount of Mercy, at the center of the plain of Arafat,
near Makkah February 10, 2003.
Muslim pilgrims arrive at Arafat to perform Wuquf, February 10,
2003. Under the shadow of looming war in Iraq, two million pilgrims
prepared to start the five-day Hajj ritual at Islam's holiest
site in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, with many expressing deep anger
at the United States.
Reprinted from Yahoo photos