hajj noun \ˈhaj\
: a journey to Mecca that is a religious duty for Muslims
: the pilgrimage to Mecca prescribed as a religious duty for Muslims
Variants of HAJJ
hajj also hadj \ˈhaj\
Origin of HAJJ
First Known Use: 1673
hajj noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
In Islam, the pilgrimage to Mecca required of all Muslims at least once in their lifetime, provided they are physically and financially able. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. By tradition the pilgrimage is undertaken between the 7th and 12th days of the last month of the Islamic year. At Mecca, the pilgrims are obliged to perform several rituals, including walking seven times around the Ka'bah shrine. They must also visit holy places outside Mecca and sacrifice an animal in honor of Abraham's near-sacrifice of Isaac. In conclusion, they return to Mecca and perform a farewell circling of the shrine.
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