1,108 million Muslims from around the world arrived in Mecca for the annual pilgrimage, one of the five main pillars of Islam, the daily Okaz quoted Saudi interior ministry official Salem Ben Mohammed al-Balahid, as saying on Friday.
The holly pilgrimage, which begins on January 8 this year, has drawn two million Muslims in recent years. The journey starts with Muslim pilgrims who have assembled at Mecca, Islam's holiest city in the western part of the Saudi kingdom set off on foot or by bus to Mina, an arid valley about 10km away.
Then they spend the day in prayer and contemplation in the valley, where thousands of tents are erected for shelter. Next day at dawn, they make their way toward Mount Arafat, where they pray and ask for Allah's mercy and forgiveness.
Pilgrims later return to Mecca for the first day of Eid Al-Adha, or Feast of the Sacrifice; to be celebrated on January 10. Most of the pilgrims sacrifice an animal, generally a sheep, in commemoration of Prophet Abraham obedience to Allah; symbolized in his willingness to sacrifice his son to the Al Mighty.
Then the pilgrims return to Mena to stone the "jamarat", or three pillars symbolizing the devil - the final ritual in the holly journey.