Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pilgrimage to Mecca during Dhu’l Hijja, considered obligatory for every Muslim who is capable of undertaking it at least once in his or her life.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A pilgrimage to Mecca; every Muslim must make this journey at least once.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of hajj.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the fifth pillar of Islam is a pilgrimage to Mecca during the month of Dhu al-Hijja; at least once in a lifetime a Muslim is expected to make a religious journey to Mecca and the Kaaba

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic ḥajj, from ḥajja, to perform the annual Meccan pilgrimage; see ḥgg in Semitic roots.]

Examples

  • The haj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are obliged to make at least once in their lives if they are able.

    Post-American Presidency

  • The haj is the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims are obliged to make at least once in their lives if they are able.

    Post-American Presidency

  • While Islam dictates that going on the haj does not mean selling property while you're still wondering how to pay for your child's university fees, try telling that to the millions who continue to do so, either because of their sense of devotion or the prestige associated with the "haj" title.

    The Jakarta Post Breaking News

  • Al haj Murad Ebrahim said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF had asked Malaysia, which has been hosting talks since 2001, to help move the negotiations forward after the rebels rejected Manila's peace proposal last month.

    Rebels say not ready to resume peace with Philippines

  • Al haj Murad Ebrahim said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF had asked Malaysia, which has been hosting talks since 2001, to help move the negotiations forward after the rebels rejected Manila's peace proposal last month.

    Rebels say not ready to resume peace with Philippines

  • Al haj Murad Ebrahim said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF had asked Malaysia, which has been hosting talks since 2001, to help move the negotiations forward after the rebels rejected Manila's peace proposal last month.

    Rebels say not ready to resume peace with Philippines

  • Al haj Murad Ebrahim said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front MILF had asked Malaysia, which has been hosting talks since 2001, to help move the negotiations forward after the rebels rejected Manila's peace proposal last month.

    Rebels say not ready to resume peace with Philippines

  • Non-Muslims are not permitted to make the haj or even to enter Mecca, the site of the pilgrimage and the holiest city in Islam.

    Post-American Presidency

  • Yet in May 2009, the Daily Times of Pakistan reported that Sarah Obama would perform haj this year along with her son Syed Obama, a private TV channel reported on Saturday.

    Post-American Presidency

  • Non-Muslims are not permitted to make the haj or even to enter Mecca, the site of the pilgrimage and the holiest city in Islam.

    Post-American Presidency

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