The mountain overlooking Mecca is where Muslims believe Mohammed received his first revelations from God
The Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam that every capable Muslim must perform at least once in lifetime
Thursday marks the most important day, when all pilgrims assemble in the Arafat plain outside Mecca
Damascus claims Saudi authorities have barred Syrians from travelling to this year’s rituals
With the holy city of Mecca lit up spectacularly in the background, hundreds of devout Muslim pilgrims make their way up sacred Noor Mountain ahead of the annual Haj rituals which are set begin later this week.
The mountain, known in Arabic as Jabal-al-noor or the Mountain of Light is the site of Hira Cave which is where Muslims believe Mohammed received his first revelations from God through the angel Gabriel.
Millions of pilgrims are set to descend on Mecca this week to perform the haj, the world’s largest annual gathering of any kind which authorities in Saudi Arabia insist will not be affected by instability shaking the region.
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