hajj

noun
\ˈhaj \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of hajj 

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

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For Saudi Arabia, the hajj is the biggest logistical challenge the kingdom faces. Omar Akour, Fox News, "Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage," 19 Aug. 2018 Kirakosyan says the second main character, Haji Ayvaz, has a more modest reputation and has been on a hajj to Mecca. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater," 13 July 2018 Still, immigration lines for hajj can still take up to 12 hours. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Beauty—and Business—of the Hajj," 29 Mar. 2018 Scott is joined by Siraj Datoo, a Bloomberg editor in London, to discuss his recent hajj experience and the economics of the pilgrimage, as well as Donna Abu-Nasr, a Bloomberg reporter who covers the Middle Eastern economy. Bloomberg.com, "Forget Oil. Religion Is Big Business in Saudi Arabia," 4 Oct. 2017 Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity and performing the hajj pilgrimage in Mecca. Washington Post, "Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to start Thursday," 15 May 2018 The border crossing at Arar was reopened this month for trade and travelers, just in time for Iraqis to make the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, now under way. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudis Open Iraqi Border and Forge Ties to Counter Iran," 23 Aug. 2017 Before his hajj, the African and the Muslim worlds had heard little about the emperor who was uniting many parts of modern-day Mauritania and Mali (Melle), and the tale was unknown to most of Europe. Michael Harriot, The Root, "When Wakanda Was Real," 6 Feb. 2018 Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims perform the tawwaf on any given day during the hajj. Mona Eltahawy, chicagotribune.com, "#MosqueMeToo: What happened when I was sexually assaulted during the hajj," 19 Feb. 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hajj

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

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