MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: Pilgrims pray in the Grand Mosque, known to the faithful as Masjid al-Ḥaram, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca. At the centre of the Grand Mosque

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MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: Pilgrims pray in the Grand Mosque, known to the faithful as Masjid al-Ḥaram, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca. At the centre of the Grand Mosque is the Kaaba, a cuboid-shaped building housing in its eastern corner the sacred Black Stone, which makes it the holiest site in Islam. The Quran states that Abraham and his son Ishmael raised the foundations of this holy house.

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