The first day of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca will be Friday, August 9.
For Muslims, the Hajj re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad in his “farewell pilgrimage” in 632 AD. It is a central pillar of the Islamic faith meant to cleanse followers of sin and bring them closer to God.
The pilgrimage is obligatory for any Muslim with the means to afford it.
We take a look at the step-by-step process of the six-day journey, which almost two million Muslims will take part in.
Below, we break down the nations where most pilgrims are journeying from.