Arafah: Thousands of Muslims walk to Mount Arafat, sharing incredible images of Hajj 2015

Att least 1.38 million Muslims are believed to be making the holy route

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The Independent Online

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have gathered at Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar, flooding social media with incredible images.

At least 1.38 million - with some estimated placing the numbers at two million - are expected to traverse the plains of Arafat to the Mount, the location of one of the Prophet Mohamed’s final and most important sermons in 632AD to approximately 114,000 pilgrims.

Their journey marks the first day of the festival of Eid ul-Adha, falling approximately 70 days after the end of the month of Ramadan, and is believed to absolve Muslims who make the 1.4km journey of their sins.

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Saudi authorities cleared the route to the Mount with incredible pictures showing thousands upon thousands of white-robed Muslims making the journey.

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It has become significantly easier in recent years. The construction of a high-speed railway by has cut the journey from several hours snarled in traffic to a seven-minute shuttle.

Despite this, the journey is not without its difficulties as worshippers battled extreme heat with estimated temperatures of 44C expected.

Social media giant Snapchat collated many of the worshippers’ images for a public stream – as they did with the hugely popular snap of Mecca earlier this year.

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Twitter and Instagram users also documented their travels.

Muslims unable to make the walk will also mark the day by fasting, believing by doing so they will also be pardoned for their past sins.

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