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Muslim pilgrims carrying umbrellas to block the sun.

30 photos show what life is like in the hottest inhabited city on earth

Mecca in Saudi Arabia is the world's hottest inhabited place. Here are 30 photos showing what life is like there.
A man from the Hui Muslim community stands in front of the Nanxiapo Mosque in Beijing, China.

China is tracking Muslims embarking on the annual Hajj pilgrimage in what experts say is likely part of widespread government surveillance

Chinese Muslims embarking on the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia are being outfitted with GPS trackers in what experts are warning is likely part of China's widespread surveillance program. 11,500 Chinese Muslims are slated for travel to Mecca this month.
Chinese Muslims of the Hui ethnic minority pray during Eid Al Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Chinese Muslims have to pledge loyalty to the Communist Party before they can leave the country for the journey to Mecca

Uyghur Muslims have faced discriminatory policies targeting their community, and have their travel tightly monitored and restricted by the government.