MUZDALIFA, Aug 11: Nearly 2.5 million Muslims gathered at Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat on Saturday for a vigil to atone for their sins and then descended to Muzdalifa for the final stages of the annual haj pilgrimage amid summer heat and regional tensions.

CHRISTCHURCH, Aug 6: The scars from the nine bullets the gunman fired into Temel Atacocugu run down his left side like a knotty rope.

The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. Around 2.5 million Muslims are expected to attend this year's Hajj pilgrimage, which is highlighted by the Day of Arafah, one day prior to Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year, it marks the yearly Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to visit Mecca, the holiest place in Islam.

MOUNT ARAFAT, August 31: With their palms facing the sky in supplication, and many with tears in their eyes, around 2 million people from around the world gathered Thursday in an effort to start anew, erase past sins and beg God for forgiveness and guidance in the peak day of the hajj pilgrimage.