hajj

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

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 As of last year women were able to perform the hajj, the holy pilgrimage to the Saudi city of Mecca, alone. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Osman Ahmad Tohti, a Uighur with legal residency in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, was detained in 2018 while conducting the hajj and forcibly repatriated to China. Time, 24 Mar. 2022 This year, Saudi authorities have allowed about 850,000 Muslims from abroad to enter Saudi Arabia for the hajj. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 10 July 2022 It’s the most dangerous point in the hajj, with masses streaming back and forth. Amr Nabil, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 Other past crowd catastrophes include the deaths of 97 people in an overcrowded Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 in Sheffield, England, and numerous disasters connected with the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia. Juan A. Lozano, chicagotribune.com, 7 Nov. 2021 Other past crowd catastrophes include the deaths of 97 people in an overcrowded Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 in Sheffield, England, and numerous disasters connected with the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia. Fox News, 7 Nov. 2021 Other past crowd catastrophes include the deaths of 97 people in an overcrowded Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 in Sheffield, England, and numerous disasters connected with the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Nov. 2021 Other past crowd catastrophes include the deaths of 97 people at a soccer match in Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 in Sheffield, England, and numerous disasters connected with the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia. Juan A. Lozano And Jamie Stengle, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

27 Jul 2022

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“Hajj.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hajj. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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