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2 million people stone the devil

Over two million pilgrims have made the symbolical gestures of stoning the devil in Mecca. This devil stoning is the last rites of the annual pilgrimage.

Pilgrims clad in white threw seven stones each at a pillar symbolising satan, shouting “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest”) under the watchful eyes of security forces.

“Thank God it hasn’t been too crowded this year. There hasn’t been a big rush,” said Mohammea Osman, 27, who regularly attends hajj.

Muslim tradition holds that pilgrims must throw seven stones at a pillar representing satan on the first day of Eid Al Adha, which comes after two days of prayer and meditation.

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