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Posted on July 9th, 2024

Your Imagery Work Break – 2023 Annual Hajj

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If you have a thirst for knowledge and love learning about others’ personal faith journeys, you’ll love the image we’re sharing with you this month. In fact, almost every year we’ve highlighted people’s pilgrimage to various holy sites visited during the annual Hajj, a Muslim holiday, including in 2022 and multiple other years.

For this month’s Imagery Work Break, we have a Pléiades Neo 4 image from June 27, 2023 collected around 10:50 a.m., looking down at people as they make their trek during their annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims. Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adults who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and of supporting their family during their absence from home.

The 2023 Hajj lasted from the evening of June 26, 2023, through July 21, 2023. During Hajj, millions of Muslims from around the world gather in Mecca to fulfill religious rituals that commemorate the actions of the Prophet Muhammad and the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). The pilgrimage holds deep spiritual significance and serves as a time of reflection, repentance and unity among Muslims, according to the Hindustan Times.

The Hajj to Mecca in Saudi Arabia is considered the world’s largest human gathering with almost 1.84 million pilgrims in 2023.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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