Preliminary rituals millions pilgrims begin annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who performed the same rituals about 1,400 years ago.
From Asia, Africa and points in between, nearly 1.5 million Muslims begin the annual hajj in western Saudi Arabia.
Undeterred by a stampede which last year killed around 2,300.
Tens of thousands of Iraniansabsent because of long-running tensions between their Shia nation.
And Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, friction exaggerated by the stampede.
After preliminary rituals this week in Makkah at the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site.
The pilgrims will move on Saturday in buses, by train or even on foot in debilitating temperatures.
Exceeding 40 C (100 F) to Mina, about five kilometres (three miles) east.
They are following in the footsteps of their Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who performed the same rituals about 1,400 years ago.
The first day of Hajj was traditionally the chance for pilgrims to water their animals and stock up on water.
Then they proceed to Mount Arafat, several kilometres away, for the peak of Hajj on Sunday.
Mina becomes their base, where an expanse of white fireproof tents can accommodate 2.6 million pilgrims.
Last September 24, Mina was the scene of the worst disaster in hajj history, when the stampede occurred as pilgrims made their way to the Jamarat Bridge for a stoning ritual.
This year’s stoning will start on Monday.
Although Riyadh stuck with a stampede death toll of 769, data from foreign officials in more than 30 countries gave a tally almost three times higher — at least 2,297.
After preliminary rituals millions pilgrims begin annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
Government facilities were moved out of Mina to free up space, the Saudi Gazette reported, while roads in the Jamarat area were expanded, the Arab News said.
AFP found pilgrims wearing the new bracelets which authorities aim to give to each of the more than 1.4 million faithful from abroad.
But there has been no figure for the number of bracelets distributed so far.
Libyan pilgrim Abdelati Abu Zayan, 44, expressed confidence in the Saudi organisation after attending the main weekly prayers at the Grand Mosque on Friday.
White-clad worshippers filled the sprawling mosque, its courtyard, and spread through the surrounding streets.
Iran reported the largest number of stampede victims, at 464, and is not sending pilgrims for the first time in decades after the two sides failed to agree on security and logistics.
Thousands of people in Tehran on Friday protested their country’s absence from the pilgrimage.