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noun (sometimes lowercase) Islam.
  1. the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina to escape persecution a.d. 622: regarded as the beginning of the Muslim Era.
  2. the Muslim Era itself.
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Also Hegira, Hij·rah.

Origin of Hijra

From the Arabic word hijrah flight, departure
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Historical Examples of hijrah

  • The handwriting is of the end of the 9th or beginning of the 10th century of the Hijrah.

    The Sufistic Quatrains of Omar Khayyam

    Omar Khayyam

British Dictionary definitions for hijrah


  1. a variant of Hegira
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  1. (in India) a person who adopts a gender role that is neither male nor female
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Word Origin for hijra

Urdu: eunuch
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Word Origin and History for hijrah



also hijrah, the more correct form of hegira.

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