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    The Journeys These Muslim Pilgrims Made To Get To Mecca For Hajj Will Inspire You

    One man decided to cycle all the way from China to Saudi Arabia.

    Nearly 2 million Muslims from around the world are gathering this weekend in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, for the annual pilgrimage.

    Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims believe it fosters universal relationships and symbolizes how everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah. It is a journey every sane adult Muslim from every race, color, and social status must undertake at least once in their lives, as long as they are physically able and can afford it.

    These are some of the people taking the journey to Saudi Arabia this year.

    1. This pilgrim who cycled from China.

    Man rides bike all the way from China's Xinjiang to Makkah to perform Haj

    A Chinese man who goes by the name Mohamed rode his bicycle all the way into Saudi Arabia to perform hajj and was welcomed by a local cycling club in Taif, a city in the Mecca province, when he arrived, according to local news reports. Mohamed reportedly cycled over 5,000 miles from his home in Xinjiang, northwest China, which took him nearly four months.

    2. And this pilgrim who cycled from Russia.

    A Russian pilgrim riding his bicycle from Medina to Makkah. #Hajj #SaudiArabia

    Twitter: @SaudiGuardians

    Bulat Nassib Abdulla, 24, left Russia on the first day of Ramadan on June 6, cycling his way to reach Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, reported local Saudi news websites. He was welcomed by Saudi hajj officials in Medina, a city in the west of Saudi Arabia.

    3. This electrician who set off on foot from Bangalore.

    4. These Iraqi pilgrims who traveled through the desert.

    Iraqi armed helicopters escorting buses full of Hajj pilgrims through the desert to the #Iraq-#Saudi border.

    Around 30,000 pilgrims from Iraq are able to make the pilgrimage each year according to the Saudi quota system, which allocates the number of pilgrims from Muslim-majority countries. A number of footage online showed buses carrying pilgrims through the desert in the Iraqi–Saudi border, escorted by armed helicopters.

    5. This Kenyan cancer patient who was granted his final wish.

    6. This deaf and mute couple from Malaysia who had been saving money for 10 years

    Ismail Modom and Roshi Ismail - an elderly, deaf/mute couple from #Malaysia performing #Hajj #Hajj2016

    Twitter: @radioislam

    Ismail Mod Dom and Rosni Ismail, who have been married for 40 years after meeting at a factory where they both worked, had been saving money since 2006 to make the pilgrimage of their lifetime. During a press conference at a hotel in Mecca, the couple held up a message to their sons that read, "We are healthy. Don’t worry about us," according to the New Straits Times.

    7. Syrians from refugee camps around the region.

    8. Citizens from Sierra Leone who are traveling for the first time since the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

    9. Indonesians who have had to wait nearly 40 years for their turn.

    10. Palestinians who are otherwise unable to leave the Gaza Strip.