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Saudi Muslim pilgrims pray after they cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. More than 2 million pilgrims -- about 1 million fewer than last year -- perform the hajj, a central pillar of Islam and one that able-bodied Muslims must make once in their lives. It is a four-day spiritual cleansing based on centuries of interpretation of the traditions of Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)