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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 Diseases spread from war zones in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, and also entered the country during the two great pilgrimages to Mecca, the hajj and the umrah, each of which annually attracts more than a million non-Saudis. Jerome Groopman, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 At one point, Mr. Greensill and SoftBank executives discussed a plan to create investments tied to the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the matter. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2021 Performing the hajj is central to Islam and one of the religion’s five pillars. BostonGlobe.com, 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, 4 Oct. 2020 This year, fear of the spread of COVID-19 has greatly restricted many pilgrimages, including the hajj. Edith Szanto, The Conversation, 9 Sep. 2020 This year, fear of the spread of COVID-19 has greatly restricted many pilgrimages, including the hajj. Edith Szanto, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 4 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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16 May 2021

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“Hajj.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hajj. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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