Pilgrims gather at Mount Arafat for hajj's pinnacle

Some 2 million pilgrims packed shoulder to shoulder early Monday for an emotional day of repentance and supplication

Muslim pilgrims from Indonesia arrive at the plains of Arafat on the eve of the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia August 19, 2018. (REUTERS)

Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the valley of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for a day of prayer that marks the pinnacle of the annual hajj.

Some 2 million pilgrims packed shoulder to shoulder early Monday for an emotional day of repentance and supplication.

It was on this day some 1,400 years ago that Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have delivered his final sermon, calling for equality and for Muslims to unite.

Muslims believe prayer on this day at Mount Arafat, about 20 kilometres east of Mecca, is their best chance to erase past sins and start anew.

Overnight, strong winds and thunderstorms roared through Mecca. Officials say the severe weather slightly damaged some tents housing pilgrims, but caused no injuries.

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