For Muslims all around the world, visiting Mecca is a spiritual requirement. The haji, the holy pilgrimage, is one of the five pillars of Islam - the central tenets governing the laws of the religion. As a result, every year during the month of Ramadan, a huge influx of pilgrims travel to Mecca in western Saudi Arabia, gathering around the Kabbah to prostrate themselves before one of the holiest sites in the world.
Now, stunning aerial photos has hit social media, showing the massive throngs of worshippers who have travelled to the sacred city during the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Scroll down to check out some of the awe-inspiring images of the festival below.Check out this video of Muslim worshippers in Mecca below:
The last year has been a scary time for many Muslim people in the aftermath of the infamous Christchurch massacre, in which a white supremacist terrorist massacred a number of innocent worshippers at a mosque in New Zealand. However, the local population has rallied around the Islamic community in the affected area, and now biker gangs have reportedly pledged to defend worshippers in the aftermath.