Muslim worshippers gather at holy shrine in Mecca

Stunning aerial pictures show thousands of worshippers gathering at Islam’s holiest shrine in Mecca for the last Friday of Ramadan

  • The holy city of Mecca sees a huge influx of worshippers during the final days of the fasting month Ramadan
  • The worshippers come to pray before the Kaaba, the holy shrine towards which all Muslims must pray
  • Ramadan is expected to end next week, when the celebration of Eid will commence 

Islam’s holiest city is abuzz with pilgrims in the final days of the fasting month of Ramadan, despite tight security for high-profile gatherings of Muslim and Arab dignitaries.

Stunning aerial photos show the throng of worshippers who have made the journey to Mecca for the religious celebration.

Mecca sees an influx in the last 10 days of Ramadan, which is considered to be the holiest month in the Muslim calendar.

Pilgrims from all over the world spend the days praying in the Grand Mosque as well as other places of worship in the holy city, entry to which is forbidden for non-Muslims.

Worshippers gathered around the Kaaba, a building at the centre of Islam’s most important mosque.

It is the site to which all Muslims around the world face when they pray, laying down white mats and kneeling before Allah.

Thousands of Muslim worshippers have gathered in the holy city of Mecca as the fasting month of Ramadan comes to an end

The worshippers lay down white prayer mats and prostrated themselves in front of the Kaaba, which all Muslims pray towards all around the world

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The Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca is a site of pilgrimage for millions of Muslim, particularly during Ramadan, one of the holiest months in the calendar

Pilgrims from all over the world spend the days praying around the Kaaba as well as other places of worship in the holy city, entry to which is forbidden for non-Muslims

At a palace overlooking the Grand Mosque, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman hosted back-to-back emergency summits of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab League in the early hours today

Many Muslims spend the last ten days of Ramadan praying. During the holy month, Muslims must refrain from eating from dawn until dusk

The holiday of Eid marks the end of Ramadan and is expected on June 4 but varies due to the Islamic lunar calendar

Mecca is the birthplace of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and is the site of his first revelation of the Quran. In Hajj, the month of pilgrimage, millions of Muslims travel to pray towards the Kaaba

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