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Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca after morning prayers, performing a mini haj, before the start of this year's haj pilgrimage, November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Pilgrims

Pilgrims wait to see a cave where Prophet Mohammad prayed on Noor Mountain in the holy city of Mecca before the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

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A Muslim pilgrim prays on Noor Mountain in the holy city of Mecca before the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Muslim

Muslim pilgrims pray around the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca during morning prayers before the start of this year's haj pilgrimage, November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Pilgrims

Pilgrims queue upon their arrival at Jeddah airport, November 10, 2009. REUTERS/Susan Baaghil

Prayer

Prayer beads are seen for sale as the sun rises on Noor Mountain in the holy city of Mecca before the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

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Muslim pilgrims pray around the Kaaba inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca during morning prayers before the start of this year's haj pilgrimage, November 24, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Muslim

Muslim pilgrims pray on their way up Noor Mountain in the holy city of Mecca before the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

Security

Security officials stand watch to check the Hajj permission papers of people travelling towards the holy city of Mecca for this year's Hajj pilgrimage, November 23, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz