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Hajj 2023: How much do you know about the Islamic pilgrimage?

The most important pilgrimage in Islam attracts millions to the Muslim holy city of Mecca every year
The Hajj is considered one of Islam's five pillars and the pilgrimage is obligatory for every Muslim who can afford it (AFP/Fayez Nureldine)

Each year millions of Muslim faithful gather in the holy city of Mecca to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj.

The event is one of the largest annual religious pilgrimages in the world, averaging just over two million people coming to Saudi Arabia from across the globe.

Many pilgrims attending will have saved up for the journey their entire lives and the rite is obligatory for every Muslim who can afford to attend.

Believers go with the intention of asking forgiveness for their sins and many use the occasion as an opportunity to start their lives anew.

Here Middle East Eye puts your knowledge of Islam's most important ritual to the test.

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