A major exhibition devoted to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca aims to lift the veil on a ritual that has remained a mystery to many in the non-Muslim world.

‘Hajj: journey at the heart of Islam’ has arrived at the British Museum and curators hope an insight into the historical and spiritual journey will draw in both Muslims as well as non-Muslims.

‘People who don’t believe in the religion of Islam aren’t allowed (on the hajj) and therefore know very little, but you’d be surprised how little Muslims know about the history of the hajj also,’ said Qaisra Khan, co-curator of the exhibition.

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