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A Muslim pilgrim shops at a jewelry store ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca

A Muslim pilgrim shops at a jewelry store ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage, in the holy city of Mecca October 12, 2013. Economic hardships brought about by Arab Spring uprisings have taken a toll on jewelry retail trade in Saudi Arabia's Muslim holy city of Mecca, slashing gold sales by more than half compared to the same period last year, retailers said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY BUSINESS)

Haj 2013: journey to Mecca

Millions of Muslims from around the world travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage of Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam. This year, Haj falls on October 14.