STORY: About a 1.5 million Muslim pilgrims carried out the ritual stoning of the devil on the first day of Eid al-Adha on Tuesday.

The ritual, part of the Haj pilgrimage in Mecca, symbolized the stoning of the devil and the rejection of temptation.

The ritual is meant to mirror Ibrahim's stoning of the devil when he tried to dissuade the prophet from obeying God's order to sacrifice his son Ishmael.

The pilgrims collect stones at Muzdalifa in the days preceding Eid al-Adha. The pebbles are been thrown at walls at the Jamarat Bridge on three occasions over the next three days.

After the stoning every pilgrim must cut or shave their hair.