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Hejira definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year [syn: Hegira, Hejira]
2: a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment [syn: exodus, hegira, hejira]

Merriam Webster's

noun see hegira

Britannica Concise

(Arabic: "emigration") Muhammad's flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 to escape persecution. The Muslim calendar makes it the first year of the Muslim era (see Umar I). The term has also been used for emigrations of the faithful to Ethiopia and of Muhammad's followers to Medina before Mecca's capture. The most honored muhajirun (emigrants) are those who accompanied Muhammad; from their ranks came the first caliphs.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

var. of HEGIRA.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hegira He*gi"ra (?; 277), n. [Written also hejira.] [Ar. hijrah flight.] The flight of Mohammed from Mecca, September 13, A. D. 622 (subsequently established as the first year of the Moslem era); hence, any flight or exodus regarded as like that of Mohammed. Note: The starting point of the Era was made to begin, not from the date of the flight, but from the first day of the Arabic year, which corresponds to July 16, A. D. 622.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Hejira He*ji"ra, n. See Hegira.



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