\ ˈhaj How to pronounce hajj (audio) \
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Definition of hajj

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

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But that still doesn’t discount the fact that the name is a play on the city in Hejaz which was the birthplace of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the spiritual center of Islam where Muslims make their spiritual pilgrimage, called a hajj. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Beauty Fans Sound Off On Mecca Cosmetica’s Use Of The Holy City In Its Name," 17 June 2019 Around the world, Muslims will mark the end of hajj with a celebration called Eid al-Adha. Omar Akour, Fox News, "Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage," 19 Aug. 2018 According to his lawsuit, which was recently filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Haisam Elsharkawi had arrived at LAX on February 9, 2017 and was headed to Saudi Arabia to go on a hajj, the Muslim religious pilgrimage. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hajj

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

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