Definition of hajj
: the pilgrimage to Mecca prescribed as a religious duty for Muslims
Recent Examples of hajj from the Web
His father, who supported the Shiite family with profits from a small spice shop, was one of the first in their town to perform the hajj, a religious pilgrimage to holy sites in Saudi Arabia required of every able-bodied Muslim once in their life.
Iran and Saudi Arabia have held talks on allowing Iranians to attend the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Sunni kingdom, required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their lives.
DUBAI—Iran and Saudi Arabia reached an agreement to allow Iranians to participate in this year’s hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, resolving a point of tension in the bitter rivalry between the regional powers.
During the 2006 hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, for instance, hundreds were killed and more than 1,000 injured when pilgrims rushing massive stone walls tripped over luggage that had fallen from moving buses.
MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Technology has changed the way Muslims experience the hajj pilgrimage, a rite required at least once in a lifetime of able-bodied faithful who can afford the trip to Mecca.
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Origin and Etymology of hajj
First Known Use: 1673See Words from the same year
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Definition of hajj for English Language Learners
: a journey to Mecca that is a religious duty for Muslims
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