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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a 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, Sunday, Oct. 28, 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.