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The Hajj pilgrimage is a time for reflection. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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It is a time for people to set aside material wealth. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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The pilgrimage requires people to accept challenge and hardship. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Through the time they attend the various holy sites, pilgrims sleep in tents, shared with total strangers. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Rituals and prayers are performed around the clock. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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While there is assistance for transport, pilgrims still walk many kilometers. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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They all – men and women - wear simple white robes. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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And CEOs walk alongside cleaners. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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Muslims believe that “all people are equal under God.” (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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All Muslims must perform the Hajj Pilgrimage at least once in their life. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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During the days they attend they are assisted on their ritual passage by teams of support workers. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
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But they have to eat and drink. (AN Photo/Huda Bashatah)
Updated 12 August 2019

Hajj night market

Pilgrims perform the various Hajj rituals and prayers throughout the day and night.

So there needs to be a 24 hour support system - including food and refreshment.