2013 hajj

Afghani Muslim pilgrim casts stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," a rite of the annual hajj, or pilgrimage, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. The hajj, a central pillar of Islam and one that able-bodied Muslims must make once in their lives, is a four-day spiritual cleansing based on centuries of interpretation of the traditions of Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims performed the ritual stoning of the Devil on Oct. 16 as the annual hajj season drew to a close with no significant tragedies reported by Saudi authorities who were determined to ensure a safe pilgrimage. (Reuters)

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