Definition of Hegira in English:


Syllabification: He·gi·ra
Pronunciation: /hiˈjīrə, ˈhejərə
(also Hejira or Hijra /ˈhijrə/)


  • 1Muhammad’s departure from Mecca to Medina in ad 622, prompted by the opposition of the merchants of Mecca and marking the consolidation of the first Muslim community.
  • 1.1The Muslim era reckoned from the Hegira: the second century of the Hegira See also AH.
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    • 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 (hegira) An exodus or migration.
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    • The Hijra of the Prophet took place in 622 not 1622.
    • They had delayed their hegira to their summer home in North Carolina in order to attend the dinner.
    • She also made reference to being ‘cross-examined’ on a hour-long radio show shortly before her hegira to safety.


via medieval Latin from Arabic hijra 'departure', from hajara 'emigrate'.

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