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AP PHOTOS: Islamic site near Mecca among few still preserved

Just outside the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia lies one of Islam's most important historical sites — a cave where, according to tradition, the Prophet Muhammad spent time in seclusion, contemplation and self-reflection.

It was here, inside Hira Cave located near the top of a steep hill called Noor Mountain, where Muslims believe God revealed to the prophet the first verses of the Quran through the angel Jebril, or Gabriel as he is named in English.

Today, the site is among few still preserved from the prophet's time — with help from Pakistani workers in the kingdom.

Each year, observant Muslims deepen their prayers and supplication in the final 10 nights...

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