Two million pilgrims in Mecca

Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the haj pilgrimage, a religious duty and, for some, the journey of a lifetime. This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shi'ite Iran, which is near Sunni powerhou
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Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the haj pilgrimage, a religious duty and, for some, the journey of a lifetime. This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shi'ite Iran, which is near Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia, and comes with the Gulf mired in political crisis and a crackdown on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2017, with the headline 'Two million pilgrims in Mecca'. Print Edition | Subscribe