Definition of hajj in English:


(also haj)


  • The greater Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, which takes place in the last month of the year and which all Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime if they can afford to do so. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

    Compare with umrah
    • ‘The final pillar entails a pilgrimage, or hajj, to the Kaaba, the holy shrine in Mecca, that is to be made at least once in one's lifetime.’
    • ‘Before you partake your journey to perform your hajj, there are certain things that you should always remember to do.’
    • ‘Those villagers who have made the hajj to Mecca, or even descendants of those who have made the journey, are highly respected.’
    • ‘She traveled to Mecca for the haj pilgrimage twice and for the minor pilgrimage six times.’
    • ‘Believers are expected, at least once in their lives, to make a hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca during the month of Ramadan.’
    • ‘All Muslims who are able are expected to make a hajj, or pilgrimage, once during their life, to one of the Muslim holy sites.’
    • ‘Hajj is obligatory on every adult Muslim who can afford to go to Makkah during the hajj season, whether on foot or by any other carriage.’
    • ‘The hajj links pilgrims with Muslims around the world symbolically, ritually, and politically.’
    • ‘The hajj to Mecca, is one of the pillars of Islam.’
    • ‘The hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is an important ritual for the Bedu, and most parents take each of their children on his or her first pilgrimage at the age of seven or eight.’
    • ‘The pilgrimage, called the hajj, is considered the culmination of Islamic practice.’
    • ‘Major Muslim annual rituals are Ramadan (the month of fasting), Idul Fitri (the end of fasting), and the hajj (pilgrimage).’
    • ‘All adults hope to conduct the Islamic hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, at some time during their life.’
    • ‘Saudi Arabia, which is hosting some two million Muslims for the haj pilgrimage, deployed more than 10,000 troops at the holy sites and at key airports and sea ports.’
    • ‘In Islam the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj, is both a duty and a spiritual participation in the Prophet's path toward divine connection.’
    • ‘This Muslim pilgrim in white with the shrine of the Kaaba in his heart is stoning the demons, a ritual connected to the haj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.’
    • ‘After a long drive, we arrived in Mecca around midnight and began the rituals associated with the hajj.’
    • ‘It is his fervent hope that early next year, in the company of a million or so other Muslims, he will be able to go on the haj and circle the black stone at Mecca.’
    • ‘The hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca with religious activities that last a week or more.’
    • ‘Fasting from dawn until dusk throughout Ramadan is one of the five main compulsory ‘pillars’ of the Islamic faith, along with charity, a declaration of belief, prayers, and the haj pilgrimage to Mecca, for those who are able to.’


From Arabic ( al-) ḥajj ‘(the Great) Pilgrimage’.