Definition of Hegira in English:


(also Hejira)


  • 1Muhammad's departure from Mecca to Medina in AD 622, marking the consolidation of the first Muslim community.

    1. 1.1 The Muslim era reckoned from Muhammad's departure from Mecca.
      ‘the second century of the Hegira’
      See also AH
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘In the third year of the Hijra, news went wild that the Prophet was martyred.’
    2. 1.2 An exodus or migration.
      • ‘They had delayed their hegira to their summer home in North Carolina in order to attend the dinner.’
      • ‘The journey to Medina - the hegira (the ‘breaking of former ties’) - became the true foundation of the Islamic faith.’
      • ‘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 Hijra of the Prophet took place in 622 not 1622.’
      • ‘She also made reference to being ‘cross-examined’ on a hour-long radio show shortly before her hegira to safety.’
      relocation, resettling, population movement, transhumance, moving, moving abroad, emigration, expatriation, posting, exodus, departure, hegira, defection, trek, diaspora
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Late 16th century: via medieval Latin from Arabic hijra ‘departure’, from hajara ‘emigrate’.