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Muslims gather for climax of hajj pilgrimage

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and try to touch Maqam Ibrahim or The Station of Abraham, the golden glass structure top right, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba and try to touch Maqam Ibrahim or The Station of Abraham, the golden glass structure top right, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims touch the golden door of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims touch the golden door of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims reach the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, to touch it for blessing at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    In this Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, Muslim pilgrims reach the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, to touch it for blessing at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • A Saudi security guard stands as Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    A Saudi security guard stands as Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • An elderly Indian woman leads her husband as they circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    An elderly Indian woman leads her husband as they circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Muslim pilgrim performs Wudu, a ritual washing before prayers, just outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Muslim pilgrim performs Wudu, a ritual washing before prayers, just outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Saudi security rest before praying the Fajr, prayer before sunrise, outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Saudi security rest before praying the Fajr, prayer before sunrise, outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Muslim pilgrims pray the Fajr prayer before sunrise, outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Muslim pilgrims pray the Fajr prayer before sunrise, outside the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Muslim pilgrims arrive to circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Muslim pilgrims arrive to circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • A child holds on to his father as he circles the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    A child holds on to his father as he circles the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • A man holds his wife as they circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    A man holds his wife as they circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with some weeping with their hands outstretched for a fleeting touch of the Kaaba. The cube-shaped shrine, at the center of Mecca's Grand Mosque, is the site the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • An African man reaches the top of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel is seen at center. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    An African man reaches the top of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel is seen at center. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Turkish woman prays on top of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Turkish woman prays on top of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Chechens pray atop of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, as Egyptians at right watch the view, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel is seen at center. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Chechens pray atop of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, as Egyptians at right watch the view, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel is seen at center. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Turkish men visit Hiraa cave on Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Turkish men visit Hiraa cave on Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • An African man reaches the top of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel is seen at center. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    An African man reaches the top of Noor Mountain, where Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Muslim pilgrims have begun arriving at the holiest sites in Islam ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The Mecca Royal Clock Tower Hotel is seen at center. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

  • Volunteers throw umbrellas to Muslim pilgrims before they climb Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, ahead of sunrise near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Mount Arafat, marked by a white pillar, is where Islam's Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his last sermon to tens of thousands of followers some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

    Volunteers throw umbrellas to Muslim pilgrims before they climb Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, ahead of sunrise near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. Mount Arafat, marked by a white pillar, is where Islam's Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his last sermon to tens of thousands of followers some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty