Hajj pilgrimage

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A Muslim pilgrim has his head ritually shaved after he cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," a rite of the annual hajj, the Islamic faith's most holy pilgrimage, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of  Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. The five-day rituals of Hajj began on October 24 when millions arrived in the holy city of Mecca. They traveled from Mecca to the nearby city of Mina to spend a night in prayer and spend time near Mount Arafat before performing the symbolic ritual of devil stoning. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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The annual pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites offers Muslims a chance to reaffirm their faith and root themselves more firmly in their beliefs.

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