We joined an American pilgrim on hajj, the largest annual human gathering on Earth
VICE News travelled to Mecca to see the trip firsthand. We spoke to Jibreel, a former basketball player, who joined 15,000 other Muslims from America who made the holy pilgrimage this hajj season.
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I was among the roughly two million Muslims who made the Hajj to Mecca last year. This is what I saw.
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Iran Blasts Saudi 'Negligence' as Death Toll Rises to 769 in Hajj Stampede
Another 934 were injured in the incident on Thursday, and the Iranian government has announced that it has formed a committee to investigate it.
Quick Hit: Iranians Protest Following Hajj Stampede
Tehran has criticized Saudi Arabia for its mismanagement of the tragedy, the worst during the pilgrimage in 25 years.
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Safety during hajj is politically sensitive for the Saudi Arabia's ruling Al Saud dynasty, since the ruling family presents itself internationally as the guardian of orthodox Islam.
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