hajj

noun
\ ˈhaj How to pronounce hajj (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of hajj

: the pilgrimage to Mecca prescribed as a religious duty for Muslims

Examples of hajj in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Performing the hajj is central to Islam and one of the religion’s five pillars. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus," 22 June 2020 Saudi Arabia, which held a largely symbolic hajj earlier this year limited to domestic worshippers, has allowed citizens and residents to start performing umrah as of Sunday at 30 percent capacity, or 6,000 pilgrims a day. NBC News, "Saudi Arabia: Umrah pilgrims return to a Mecca stilled by Covid-19 slump," 4 Oct. 2020 This year, fear of the spread of COVID-19 has greatly restricted many pilgrimages, including the hajj. Edith Szanto, The Conversation, "The largest contemporary Muslim pilgrimage isn’t the hajj to Mecca, it’s the Shiite pilgrimage to Karbala in Iraq," 9 Sep. 2020 This year, fear of the spread of COVID-19 has greatly restricted many pilgrimages, including the hajj. Edith Szanto, chicagotribune.com, "Largest contemporary Muslim pilgrimage faces coronavirus challenges," 9 Sep. 2020 The Islamic world has never seen a hajj like this in more than 1,400 years. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hajj without the crowds: How pilgrims are persevering," 31 July 2020 The two share common rites, but the hajj, held once a year, is the main lengthier ritual that is a once-in-a-lifetime duty for Muslims. NBC News, "Saudi Arabia: Umrah pilgrims return to a Mecca stilled by Covid-19 slump," 4 Oct. 2020 Ten million people visited the Louvre last year, before France’s lockdown in March, and no museum can become so crowded without cancelling its own purpose, or replacing it with another purpose—the purpose of a dutiful hajj, of having been there. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 In July, authorities shrank the annual hajj pilgrimage to fewer than 10,000 from the usual 2.5 million. Adam Martin, WSJ, "New U.S. Coronavirus Cases Fall Below 40,000 for First Time in a Week," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hajj

1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hajj

Arabic ḥajj

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“Hajj.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hajj. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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hajj

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hajj

: a journey to Mecca that is a religious duty for Muslims

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