Masjidil Haram in Makkah and its vicinity are crowded with intending Haj pilgrims who come to perform solat or prayers, the tawaf, circling around the Kaabah and the sai'e or walking between the hills of Safa and Marwah as part of the umrah or Haj. The pilgrims increase in number during the mass Maghrib, Isha' and Subuh prayers. Those who wish to perform the obligatory prayers in Masjidil Haram have to come to the mosque very early.
The paths leading to the Grand Mosque are less busy during the morning. This is when many pilgrims are resting at their hotels. Usually Masjidil Haram and its vicinity begin to be crowded near prayer times.
The busy atmosphere is a normal sight at Masjidil Haram and Makkah itself as the peak of the Haj approaches. The pilgrims take the opportunity to perform Tawaf around the Kaabah even under the hot sun. Other pilgrims perform other rituals and acts of worship.
This scene was recorded after the 'Asar or mid-afternoon prayer yesterday. The area around Masjidil Haram became the focal point for the pilgrims. The situation becomes busier, even more hectic, during Maghrib or dusk and Isha' or night prayers.
Source: Radio Television Brunei