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- n. Hegira; the beginning of the Muslim era, equivalent to July 16, 622, by the Julian calendar of the time.
- n. The first day of the Islamic month of Muharram.
- n. Calendar system used in Islam.
- n. Muhammad’s departure from Mecca to avoid persecution.
- n. Any flight or journey to a better place.
Hijra is only the most frequently used term to describe them.
Muhammad's migration to Medina would be known as the Hijra, and it is the quintessential marking point of Islamic history.
The dates are applied based on the Hijri calendar of twelve lunar months (instead of the Gregorian solar months) and begin on the Gregorian calendar in A.D. 622, the year the Prophet Muhammad emigrated from Mecca to Medina (known as the Hijra).
The word Hijra seems to have come into India with the Muslims.
In any case, Muhammad emigrated to Medina, an event now known as the Hijra (AD 622), the basis for the Islamic calendar.
The devout Muslim is free to use the Hijra calendar, just like many Hasids use the Hebrew calendar.
However, in Western religions, the Exodus of Moses, the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Hijra of Mohammad is centrally important.
Rachel, thanks so much for the information about Hijra – and for a rational and lucid post ..
None other than the Dar al-Hijra, later to be known as the "9/11 mosque."
The Hijri years are abbreviated A.H. , from the Latin anno Hegirae —the year of the Hijra.
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