Former congress woman Cynthia Ann McKinney was among the most notable figures whose participation in the religious trek grabbed the headlines in recent days.

Other American figures include political and social activist, Imam Mojahed Abdolkarim who is also the Imam of Rasoul Mosque in Los Angeles.

Two other social activists, the Italian author Fabrizia Baldissera and the American writer Edith McLeod Armstrong,are also among the figures in the religious event.

Interestingly enough,famous Russian political scientist Alexander Dugin, who is an advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is also taking part in this year’s pilgrimage.