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Hadj \Hadj\ (h[a^]j), n. [Ar. hajj, fr. hajja to set out, walk, go on a pilgrimage.] The pilgrimage to Mecca, performed by Mohammedans. It is the duty of Moslems to make a journey to Mecca at least once ina lifetime, or if that is not possible, three journeys to one of the alternate sacred sites. [Also spelled haj and hajj.]


haj \haj\, hajj \hajj\n. A pilgrimage to Mecca; every Muslim must make this journey at least once. [Also spelled hadj.]

Syn: hadj, haj.


n. (alternative spelling of hajj English)


n. the fifth pillar of Islam is a pilgrimage to Mecca during the month of Dhu al-Qadah; at least once in a lifetime a Muslim is expected to make a religious journey to Mecca and the Kaaba; "for a Muslim the hajj is the ultimate act of worship" [syn: hajj, hadj]

Haj (disambiguation)

The haj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

Haj may also refer to:

Háj (observation tower)

Háj is an observation tower situated on the top of Háj hill in Olomouc Region of the Czech republic, about 3 kilometres northwest from Šumperk. Its height is 29 meters and it has one viewing platform. Foot tower altitude is 631 meters above sea level.

Usage examples of "haj".

For instance: it struck me early on that, while there were indications of other feet at work two pairs of highly active rubberised soles on hard floor, and one pair of light leather which I tentatively awarded to the catlike Tabizi there was no slapping of crocs, thereby leading me to the conclusion that Haj was either suspended above the ground in some way, or shoeless, or both.

Then there was his Taleb the Adel, his scribe the notary, Hosain ben Hashem, styled Haj, because he had made the pilgrimage to Mecca, but he was also the Imam, or head of the Mosque, and the wily Ben Aboo foresaw the danger of some day coming into collision with the religious sentiment of his people.

But with the mention of Kinshasa, the mood in the living room alters radically, and so does Haj.

Haj: You want to know who they are, these wise guys in Kinshasa I spoke to?

So much depended upon the success of my experiment that I almost feared to put it to the test, but it must be tested and there could be only a few xats remaining before the warriors of Haj Osis would burst into the antechamber.

On the Moslem holy day which celebrated the birth of Moses, Haj Amin el Husseini whipped up a mob of fellaheen with hatred for the Jews.

Stern used to tell her how his father had somehow managed to mark his memory as a child with every name and event from his long years of wandering, in the course of time narrating his entire journey much as a blind man might have done in the days when there was no other way for the stages of the past to be passed from generation to generation, in effect rewriting the haj of his life in indelible ink upon his young son's mind, swirling stroke around stroke in the complex etching of a spiritual stylus.

And the reason we're going out with Haj Harun tonight, to look up these two senior citizens, is because it just so happens they secretly keep this city on the mountaintop going.

Rather it was certain unsuspected conversations he had on both love and a haj in Timbuktu, and not long after that, love itself in Persia.