03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

3 Million Muslims Gather In Mecca For Annual Hajj...

In his tent in the desert outside the holy city of Mecca, Suleiman Ibrahim still couldn't believe his luck. His wife, sitting nearby, broke down in tears of joy Thursday as he recounted the day they learned they would perform Islam's hajj pilgrimage.

''The whole family started singing and congratulating me,'' said Ibrahim, a furniture maker from the southern Egyptian city of Sohag who was one of tens of thousands of Egyptians picked in a government lottery to make the pilgrimage.

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