One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Muhammad's departure from Mecca to Medina in AD 622, marking the consolidation of the first Muslim community.
- 1.1 The Muslim era reckoned from Muhammad's departure from Mecca.‘the second century of the Hegira’See also AH
- ‘In the third year of the Hijra, news went wild that the Prophet was martyred.’
- ‘Was it a matter of coincidence, therefore, that his's research on Arab critical currents in the fourth century of the Hejira started while he was introducing Western theory into critical discourse?’
- ‘Due to the lunar nature of the Arabic calendar, known as the Hijra calendar, festivals do not fall on the same days each year in the Western world.’
- 1.2 An exodus or migration.
relocation, resettling, population movement, transhumance, moving, moving abroad, emigration, expatriation, posting, exodus, departure, hegira, defection, trek, diasporaView synonyms
- ‘They had delayed their hegira to their summer home in North Carolina in order to attend the dinner.’
- ‘The Hijra of the Prophet took place in 622 not 1622.’
- ‘Oswald was also an ideal person to lead the hegira up to Lincoln Center in 1965.’
- ‘The Muslim calendar is dated from the year of the Hijra (or hegira, as it is sometimes spelt in older English texts).’
- ‘The journey to Medina - the hegira (the ‘breaking of former ties’) - became the true foundation of the Islamic faith.’
- ‘She also made reference to being ‘cross-examined’ on a hour-long radio show shortly before her hegira to safety.’
- 1.1 The Muslim era reckoned from Muhammad's departure from Mecca.
Late 16th century: via medieval Latin from Arabic hijra ‘departure’, from hajara ‘emigrate’.
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