Hegira

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From Medieval Latin hegira, from Arabic هجرة (híjra, departure, exodus), referring to Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE; from the verb هجر (hájara, to emigrate, to abandon).

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Hegira

  1. The emigration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE to escape persecution.
  2. The beginning of the Muslim era, equivalent to July 16, 622, by the Julian calendar of the day.
    Since the Muslim lunar year contains only 354 days, 2005 CE is approximately equivalent to Hegira 1426.

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