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SAUDI ARABIA: The holiest site in Islam

December 14, 2007 |  8:09 pm

Far superior images will be running in the paper soon courtesy of photographer Irfan Khan.

But for now, here's a quick amateur video of Mecca's Grand Mosque shot from the 30th floor of a nearby building. If you look closely, you can see the motion of thousands of Muslim pilgrims performing ritual revolutions around the black cube of the Kaaba.

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— Ashraf Khalil in Mecca