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See also: hegira
From Medieval Latin hegira, from Arabic هِجْرَة (hijra, “departure, exodus”), referring to Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE; from the verb هَجَرَ (hajara, “to emigrate, to abandon”).
- The emigration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE to escape persecution.
- 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.
emigration of Muhammad