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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.

Etymologies

Arabic هجرة (híjra, ‘departure’, ‘exodus’), referring to Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE; from the verb هجر (hájara, ‘to emigrate’, ‘to abandon’). (Wiktionary)

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