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Muhajir or Mohajir ( ) is an Arabic word meaning emigrant. The Islamic calendar Hejira starts when Muhammad and his companions left Meccamarker for Medinamarker in what is known as Hijra. They were called Muhajirun. The Arabic root word for immigration and emigration is Hijrat.

Over centuries, the term has been applied to a number of other Muslim refugee and emigrant groups:



  • Lane, Edward William (1801-1876). [1956] Arabic-English lexicon. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing. (Originally published in London, 1863-1893)

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