Up to three million Moslem pilgrims have visited Mecca for the annual celebration of the Haj, which reached its height on September 4.
GV PAN Pilgrims tent city outside Mecca
SV PAN Pilgrims in mosque
GV EXTERIOR Faithful outside mosque with muezzin calling them to prayer
SV INTERIOR Faithful at prayer
DISSOLVE TO GV EXTERIOR Mosque and faithful at prayer outside
SVs PAN Faithful listening to speaker
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Background: Up to three million Moslem pilgrims have visited Mecca for the annual celebration of the Haj, which reached its height on September 4. Each adult male Moslem is supposed to make the pilgrimage to Mecca and to perform the associated rites at least once in his life. This year's was the largest number of pilgrims ever to descend upon the city for the festival. The faithful who come to pray and take part in the celebrations are so numerous as to have caused problems for the Saudi authorities. They are so concerned that they have refused to allow Moslems to make the journey if they have already done so in the recent past. Nevertheless, the crowded mosques and the city of tents clearly demonstrated the zeal of the faithful who attended.