Hijra

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Etymology[edit]

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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Noun[edit]

Hijra (sometimes lowercase)

  1. Hegira; the beginning of the Muslim era, equivalent to July 16, 622, by the Julian calendar of the time.
    Since the Muslim lunar year contains only 354 days, the year 2005 is approximately equivalent to Hijra 1426.
  2. The first day of the Islamic month of Muharram.
  3. Calendar system used in Islam.
  4. Muhammad’s departure from Mecca to avoid persecution.
  5. Any flight or journey to a better place.

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