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or haj, hadj

[haj] /hædʒ/
noun, plural hajjes.
the pilgrimage to Mecca, which every adult Muslim is supposed to make at least once in his or her lifetime: the fifth of the Pillars of Islam.
Origin of hajj
First recorded in 1665-75, hajj is from the Arabic word ḥajj pilgrimage Unabridged
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  • He then set out in company with his father to perform the hajj.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • Persons who are too poor to go on a Jihd or to make the hajj must be assisted.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • Let the pilgrimage (hajj) be made in the months already known.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • This is called the Wukf or (standing), a necessary part of the hajj.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • Retiring backwards, he makes his exit and the hajj is complete.

    The Faith of Islam Edward Sell
  • That's where your friend hajj the Beggar's foot slipped on him.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • He wanted a full outfit for the hajj; could the contractor furnish him twenty camels of burden, and four swift dromedaries?

British Dictionary definitions for hajj


noun (pl) hajjes, hadjes
the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim is required to make at least once in his life, provided he has enough money and the health to do so
Word Origin
from Arabic hajj pilgrimage
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Word Origin and History for hajj

"pilgrimage to Mecca," from Arabic hajj "pilgrimage," from hajja "he went on a pilgrimage." Related to Hebrew haghagh "he made a pilgrimage, celebrated a feast," hagh "a gathering." One who has made it is a hajji.

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