Photo: Gathered in prayer
Journey of a lifetime: Muslim pilgrims pray Monday on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It may be the first and only time many of the pilgrims taking part in hajj ever board a plane or travel abroad. Most come from African, South Asian and Middle Eastern countries where poverty runs high. They have saved for years for this moment, when men are indistinguishable by their wealth or affiliations.