AP STYLE: Muslim Hajj

Hajj, hajji, hajjah

AP Style now capitalizes "Hajj" — the AP Style spelling for the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

However, similar terms referring to pilgrims on the Hajj are left in lowercase, not capitalized.

hajji - a male pilgrim on the hajj

hajjah - a female pilgrim on the hajj

The AP Stylebook observes that the pilgrimage to Mecca is required at least once in a lifetime for every Muslim who is physically and financial able to make the journey.

The pilgrimage occurs during the Islamic lunar month of Dhul-Hijja, the 12th and final month on the Islamic calendar.

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