Where Is Mecca Located and How Many Muslims Make a Pilgrimage To the Holy City of Mecca Every Year?

Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia.

It is the holiest city of the Islamic religion because it is where Islam’s founder, Mohammed, was born in A.D. 571.

Muslims, the people who practice Islam, must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lives.

Muslims also must face toward Mecca while saying their daily prayers.

If you are not a Muslim, you are not allowed to visit Mecca.

Today, Mecca is a city of one and half a million people.

Millions of Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca every year, walking seven times around the Kaaba.

More than 13 million people visit Mecca annually.

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