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A Muslim pilgrim collects stones to prepare to cast them at a stone pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Muslim pilgrim collects stones to prepare to cast them at a stone pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Hajj pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites offers Muslims a chance

to reaffirm their faith and root themselves more firmly in their

beliefs.