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noun (plural: hadith or hadiths)
  1. (Islam) the collected sayings and actions of Muhammad and his companions; used to determine the Sunna (Muslim way of life).
     
hadji Tweet Definition of hadji Like Definition of hadji on Facebook
noun 
  1. (alternative spelling of, hajji)
     
hafiz Tweet Definition of hafiz Like Definition of hafiz on Facebook
noun 
  1. a Muslim who knows the Qur"an off by heart
  • 2001: He was a , one who knows the Qur"an by heart, and he sang it in a slow, simple chant. " Yann Martel, Life of Pi
     
hajj Tweet Definition of hajj Like Definition of hajj on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Islam) The pilgrimage to Mecca made by pious Muslims; one of the five pillars
     
hajji Tweet Definition of hajji Like Definition of hajji on Facebook
noun 
  1. A title earned by participating in a hajj
  2. (slang) A general term for Muslims or Arabs.
     
Hanuman Tweet Definition of Hanuman Like Definition of Hanuman on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a Hindu demi-god who was a devotee of Rama. He was born to Anjana and Vayu. He also plays a role of a god's servant in Ramayana. He is also known as the monkey god.
     
hap Tweet Definition of hap Like Definition of hap on Facebook
noun 
  1. an occurence or happening, especially an unexpected, random or chance event
  2. quilt or a comforter
verb to hap
  1. to happen; to befall; to chance
  2. to cover with a comforter or quilt
  3. the luck of one
     
Hegira Tweet Definition of Hegira Like Definition of Hegira on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The emigration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in A.D. 622 to escape persecution.
  2. The beginning of the Muslim era, equivalent to July 16, 622, by the Julian calendar of the day.
Since the Muslim lunar year contains only 354 days, A.D. 2005 is approximately equivalent to Hegira 1426.
     
Hejaz Tweet Definition of Hejaz Like Definition of Hejaz on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The mountainous area of northwest Saudi Arabia which gave rise to early Islam and which contains the sites of many holy places
     
Hijra Tweet Definition of Hijra Like Definition of Hijra on Facebook
noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. Hegira (the beginning of the Muslim era, equivalent to July 16, 622, by the Julian calendar of the time)
Since the Muslim lunar year contains only 354 days, the year 2005 is approximately equivalent to Hijra 1426.
  1. The first day of the Islam, Islamic month of Muharram.
  1. Calendar system used in Islam.
    In the Muslim calendar the year is only 354 days long, 11 days shorter than the Western calendar system. This is because of its lunar system, where every year consists of exactly 12 moon cycles. The other common name of the Muslim calendar is "hijra", referring to the fleeing of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Yathrib (later Madina). The hijra calendar starts counting its days starting on July 16, 622 CE, which is the estimated date of Muhammad's flight to Yathrib. http://lexicorient.com/e.o/islam_cal.htm
    1. Muhammad, Muhammad"s departure from Mecca to avoid persecution.
    Library of Congress / Federal Research Division / Country Studies: hijra "Literally, to migrate, to sever relations, to leave one's tribe. Throughout the Muslim world, hijra refers to the migration to Medina of Muhammad and his early followers. In this sense, the word has come into European languages as hegira". http://memory.loc.gov/frd/cs/saudi_arabia/sa_glos.html
    1. Any flight or journey to a better place.
     
Hindoo Tweet Definition of Hindoo Like Definition of Hindoo on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (alternative spelling of, Hindu)
adjective 
  1. (alternative spelling of, Hindu)
     
Hinduism Tweet Definition of Hinduism Like Definition of Hinduism on Facebook
noun (Hinduisms, -)
  1. A religion, philosophy and culture native to India, characterised by the belief in reincarnation and a supreme oneness personified in many forms and natures.
     
Horus Tweet Definition of Horus Like Definition of Horus on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. the ancient Egyptian god of the life.
     
houri Tweet Definition of houri Like Definition of houri on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Islam) A nymph in the form of a beautiful virgin supposed to dwell in Paradise for the enjoyment of the faithful.
  2. Any voluptuous, beautiful woman.
w:Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre: by w:Charlotte Brontí«, Charlotte Brontí« - 1850
I would not exchange this one little English girl for the Grand Turk's whole seraglio, gazelle eyes, - forms and all!
     

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