Thousands of Muslims from many parts of the world are flocking to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, for their annual pilgrimage.
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Background: Thousands of Muslims from many parts of the world are flocking to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, for their annual pilgrimage. On Monday (8 November) 2000 people left by bus or car from Um Al-Hiran, a suburb of the Jordanian capital, Amman.
SYNOPSIS: In all 20,000 Jordanian Muslim pilgrims are expected to go to Mecca this year -- 3,000 of them from the Gaza strip. The trips being organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Awkaf. Whole families are making the journey -- and for any it's the dream of a lifetime. A chance to visit the holy city and fulfil one of the obligations of being a Muslim.
The annual pilgrimage is called the Hajj. Mecca is regarded as the birthplace of the prophet, Mohammed, who was believed to have been born there about 570 A.D. Every year at this time the city is inundated with millions of pilgrims. And as the Jordanian contingent left to swell that number they were farewelled by the Minister of Awkaf, Sheikh Abdel-Azziz el-Khayyat.
The ninth day of the month of the pilgrimage in the Muslim calendar is the day on which pilgrims bound for Mecca must be in the town of Arafat, in Saudi Arabia.
This year they have to be there by the 21st of November. From Arafat they then go to Muna to throw stones at the evil symbols. The end of the trip is the visit to Mecca and the Kaabah, the veiled sacrificial stone of Abraham which stands inside the mosque at Mecca.