MECCA – Muslims from around the world are heading towards this Saudi Arabian city for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the fifth pillar of Islam, which began this week. The five-day journey is the opportunity of a lifetime for many, and a most sacred moment of faith.
Our digitally connected world also means it's a moment some have decided to share through social media, and particularly through Instagram. #Hajj, #Mecca are among the hashtags, as Muslim pilgrims upload streams of photographs of this year's pilgrimage onto the picture-sharing app. Here are some of our favorites: