By Sara C. Nelson

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are arriving in Saudi Arabia to take part in this year’s hajj pilgrimage.

The five-day pilgrimage is one of the pillars of Islam and is expected of able-bodied Muslims – of both Sunni and Shi’ite sects – at least one in their lifetime.

The event, expected to fall from 13- 18 October this year, combines piety and passion and sees pilgrims walk from Mecca to Mina to the Plain of Arafat to stand near the Mount of Mercy and ask Allah for forgiveness. [View Photos…]