The only way to really come close to understanding the scale of the pilgrimage to Mecca is to click the image for a larger view. And even that doesn’t do it justice.
This AP photo shows Muslim pilgrims on their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called “Jamarat,” the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.
The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture has many more images, including one showing thousands of tents set up to handle some of the crowd. Each one has air conditioning.