Three Muslims started the annual Hajj pilgrimage
Three Muslims started the annual Hajj pilgrimage

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:

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