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The word al-Muhajiruun

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in response to reader comment: Another masterfully done history lesson DNM!

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jun 9, 2012 at 06:00

Sara wrote

I will say again how much I enjoy reading your historical analysis and I learn something every time.

Feel free to ask any questions

I had never thought of the word Muhajerun as meaning migrants, of course I thought it related to a haji,

The word yuhajir means he immigrates and the root is HJR

The etymology of the word haj most likely is from the word hak which means to rub as we are told that in pre-islamic Arabia Arab women used to rub their genitals in the black stone of al-ka3ba so they can get pregnant and to add spice to the story we are also told that the black stone of the ka3bba used to be white in color and that it is now black because of the blood from the menses of these women!

or one who has performed the haj (speaking of the Haj, my boy is currently reading Uris' version and he is fascinated with how little has changed).

Great book

So muhaj itself does not mean one who has done Haj?

The word for he who does the haj means yahij

And then what is the connection between the words Muhajerun (and this is used in the UK for the name of a radical Islamist group)

I think almost all of these people are East Indians and Pakistanis that have no clue about Arabic or the history of the Middle East or what the word stands for but I suspect that they use it because it implies that they are like Muhammad's sahaba or his followers that immigrated with him from Mecca to Medina

and the word Mujahedin (i.e. mu-haj-e-deen-?) Does it have anything to do with something like the haji of the code/religion?

It comes from the root JHD and it means holy warriors

P.S. The name/term Hagar/Hagarism is from the Hebrew to emigrate, it is a modern word used today.

Very true and in Arabic it is the same root HJR and means yuhajir/yuhagir- he immigrates

I hope I helped


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