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Hajj nears climax for world’s Muslims

Close to 1.5 million Muslims from around the world prepared on Saturday night for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage at a rocky hill known as Mount Arafat.

Taking the cudgels for Filipino pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia who might be stranded in Manila, President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed last Tuesday to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud for his benevolence by granting 1,100 more hajj visas so they can travel to the kingdom and fulfill their Islamic obligation.

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