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Attending my first haj
On the plain of Arafat, Zohra Bensemra stood among hundreds of thousands of people who were all trying to reach the top of Mount Mercy, whilst covering her first haj after 20 years as a photographer for Reuters.
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A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gather with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The Wider Image: Attending my first haj
A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gather with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 24, 2018
Muslim pilgrims walk to cast their stones at a pillar that symbolises Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage...
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The Wider Image: Attending my first haj
Muslim pilgrims walk to cast their stones at a pillar that symbolises Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia, August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 24, 2018
Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar that symbolises Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena,...
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The Wider Image: Attending my first haj
Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar that symbolises Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 24, 2018
Muslim pilgrims touch the wall of the Kaaba during Tawaf al-Ifada after Arafat day during the annual...
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Muslim pilgrims touch the wall of the Kaaba during Tawaf al-Ifada after Arafat day during the annual haj pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 24, 2018
Ibtissam Al Assiri (R), 39, a Muslim pilgrim from Yemen, collects stones in Muzdalifa to cast a pillar...
Mena, Saudi Arabia
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Ibtissam Al Assiri (R), 39, a Muslim pilgrim from Yemen, collects stones in Muzdalifa to cast a pillar that symbolises Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia, August 20, 2018. Ê"When the war began in Yemen I never would have imagined that I would one day have the capability to come to haj," said Al Assiri. "God bestowed this place upon Muslims to unite us." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 24, 2018
Muslim pilgrims perform Tawaf al-Ifada during the annual haj pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque in the holy...
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Muslim pilgrims perform Tawaf al-Ifada during the annual haj pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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Djumhuriya (C), 60, a Muslim pilgrim from Iraq, sits in a wheelchair after casting her stones at a pillar...
Mena, Saudi Arabia
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Djumhuriya (C), 60, a Muslim pilgrim from Iraq, sits in a wheelchair after casting her stones at a pillar that symbolises Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia, August 21, 2018. Djumhuriya drove for three days to reach Mecca and perform her first haj. "I have dreamed of performing haj for a long time. The road from Basra was long, but I was so excited to see the Kaaba, 'the house of God.' Today, I feel like I am born anew," she said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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August 24, 2018
Sanjeeda Bagam, 60, a Muslim pilgrim from Pakistan, is wheeled by her son after they cast their stones...
Mena, Saudi Arabia
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Sanjeeda Bagam, 60, a Muslim pilgrim from Pakistan, is wheeled by her son after they cast their stones at a pillar that symbolises Satan during the annual haj pilgrimage in Mena, Saudi Arabia, August 21, 2018. Sanjeeda is on her first haj. "When I arrived in Mecca and saw the Kaaba, I had a feeling like never before: joy erased my entire past, as if I only know the present right here," she said. "I immediately took a taste, and now I wish I could come again." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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August 24, 2018
Samah (C), 27, a Muslim pilgrim from Syria, walks on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
The Wider Image: Attending my first haj
Samah (C), 27, a Muslim pilgrim from Syria, walks on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 20, 2018. "It's my first haj. I am fulfilling the last pillar of Islam, I am honoured by God to be here," Samah said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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August 24, 2018
Aisha (C), 30, a Muslim pilgrim from Nigeria, poses for a photograph at the Mount Mercy on the plains...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Aisha (C), 30, a Muslim pilgrim from Nigeria, poses for a photograph at the Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 20, 2018. "It's my first haj. I feel fresh. For me haj means worship," Aisha said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Haleema, 27, a Muslim pilgrim from Ghana, eats an ice cream on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Haleema, 27, a Muslim pilgrim from Ghana, eats an ice cream on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 20, 2018. Haleema is on her fist haj. "I'm happy that I'm here, I pray for God's forgiveness. Sitting in Arafat makes me feel like I am cleaned from all my dirty sins I may have committed in the past. Haj was my lifetime dream," she said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gathers with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual...
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The Wider Image: Attending my first haj
A Muslim pilgrim prays as she gathers with others on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 24, 2018
Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Muslim pilgrims gather on Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the annual haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 20, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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August 24, 2018
A Muslim pilgrim takes a selfie at the Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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A Muslim pilgrim takes a selfie at the Mount Al-Noor, where Muslims believe Prophet Mohammad received the first words of the Koran through Gabriel in the Hera cave, ahead of annual haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 18, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File photo SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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Naceera, 37, a Muslim pilgrim from India, walks during the annual haj pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque...
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Naceera, 37, a Muslim pilgrim from India, walks during the annual haj pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, August 21, 2018. "I feel privileged that God chose me this year to be among those who had to fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam. I dreamed for five years to come and perform the haj. I am so thankful," Naceera said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "HAJ BENSEMRA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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