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UMRAH INFORMATION, PREPARATION & FAQs

Completing Umrah holds immense significance in the life of a Muslim. It is a spiritual journey that brings one closer to Allah and strengthens their faith. The rituals of Umrah, from entering the state of Ihram to performing Tawaf and Sa’i, symbolise humility, devotion, and submission to the will of Allah. By undertaking Umrah, Muslims fulfil a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and seek forgiveness for their sins. It is a time for reflection, repentance, and spiritual renewal. Completing Umrah is not only a personal achievement but also a means of drawing closer to Allah and seeking His blessings and mercy.

UMRAH PREPARATION

Preparing for Umrah:

1. Learn about Umrah: Before embarking on your journey, it’s essential to educate yourself about the rituals and procedures of Umrah. You can read books, watch videos, or attend seminars to understand the significance and steps involved in performing Umrah.

2. Check your itinerary: Check your itinerary we have planned for you.

3. Check necessary documents: Ensure that you have all the required documents for your journey, including your passport, visa, and travel insurance. Make copies of these documents and keep them in a safe place while travelling.

4. Check your travel and accommodation: Check your travel arrangements with us. Be familiar with your flights, accommodation and all we have booked you for your trip.

5. Pack your essentials: Make a list of essential items you’ll need during your Umrah journey and pack accordingly. Some essential items include Ihram garments which we provide, comfortable footwear, toiletries, medication, and prayer mat.

6. Receive your Ihram garments: Check you have from us two pieces of white, seamless cloth for your Ihram garments. We have ensured that the fabric is lightweight and breathable to provide comfort during your pilgrimage.

7. Get vaccinated: Check with your healthcare provider about any recommended vaccinations or health precautions for travelling to Mecca. It’s crucial to protect yourself against common illnesses and diseases prevalent in the region.

8. Learn basic Arabic phrases: Familiarise yourself with basic Arabic phrases that will be useful during your stay in Mecca. This includes greetings, directions, and common religious phrases used during Umrah rituals.

9. Check transportation: We have arranged all your travel from the airport to your accommodation in Mecca and back.

10. Prepare spiritually: Use the time leading up to your Umrah journey to engage in spiritual activities such as reading the Quran, performing additional prayers, and seeking forgiveness for past sins. Mentally prepare yourself for the spiritual experience awaiting you in Mecca.

11. Familiarise yourself with Umrah rituals: Review the steps involved in performing Umrah, including Ihram, Tawaf, Sa’i, and shaving or trimming the hair. Understand the significance of each ritual and how to perform them correctly.

12. Pack light: Keep your luggage minimal to avoid unnecessary weight and inconvenience during your journey. Focus on packing essential items and leave room for any souvenirs or items you may acquire during your stay in Mecca.

13. Stay connected: Inform your family and friends about your travel plans and stay connected with them throughout your journey. Share your experiences and updates with them regularly to keep them informed and reassured.

By following these steps and adequately preparing for your Umrah journey, you can ensure a memorable and spiritually fulfilling experience in the holy city of Mecca.

UMRAH FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Umrah is a lesser pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that can be performed at any time of the year by Muslims. Though not obligatory like Hajj, it holds significant spiritual value and rewards.

Umrah can be performed at any time of the year, unlike Hajj, which has specific dates. However, there are certain times considered more auspicious, such as during the month of Ramadan or on the day of Arafat.

Umrah is not obligatory like Hajj, but it is highly recommended for Muslims who are physically and financially able to undertake the journey. It is an opportunity for spiritual purification and closeness to Allah.

The rituals of Umrah include Ihram (the state of consecration), Tawaf (circumambulation) around the Kaaba, Sa’i (ritual walking) between the hills of Safa and Marwah, and shaving or trimming the hair.

The duration of Umrah can vary depending on individual circumstances and preferences. Typically, it can be completed in a few hours to a couple of days, including travel time and performing the rituals.

Men should wear the Ihram, which consists of two white, seamless sheets of cloth. It is recommended to avoid clothing that is stitched or fitted.

Men are required to trim or shave their hair during Umrah, typically after completing Tawaf and Sa’i. It is recommended to have a haircut before performing Tawaf al-Ifadah (circumambulation).

In the two Rakas performed after Tawaf, it is recommended to pray for forgiveness, guidance, and blessings for oneself, family, and all Muslims. supplications can be made in these prayers.

Yes, using a sleeping bag that covers the feet is permissible during Umrah, as long as it does not hinder the performance of rituals or violate the rules of Ihram.

 

Yes, it is permissible to drink ZamZam water while standing during Umrah. However, it is recommended to drink it while sitting and facing the Qiblah if possible, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

  • When a person performs Umrah, there are specific ports outside Mecca known as Miqaat, where the pilgrim must enter the state of Ihram, a sacred state of consecration. These Miqaat points mark the boundary beyond which pilgrims must enter Ihram before proceeding to Mecca. Here are the names and locations of the Miqaat:
  • Zul-Hulaifah: This Miqaat is for those coming from the direction of Madina Sharif.
  • Yalamlam: Pilgrims coming from the direction of Yemen, India, and Pakistan should enter Ihram at this point.
  • Juhfah: This Miqaat is designated for those coming from the direction of Egypt, North Africa, and Europe.
  • Qaran ul-Manazil: Pilgrims arriving from Najd should enter Ihram at this Miqaat.
  • Zaat Irq: Those coming from the direction of Iraq should enter Ihram at this point.

 

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اللَّهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الْأَهْلِ اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي الْمَالِ وَالْأَهْلِ

Allahumma hawwin alayna safarana hadha wa’twi anna bu’dahu. Allahumma anta sahibu fis safar wal khalifatu fil ahli. Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min wa’thaa’is safar wa ka’abatis mandhar wa su’il munqalabi fil mali wal ahli.

O Allah, make easy for us our journey, and make the distance short for us. O Allah, You are our Companion in the journey, and the Guardian of the family. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the difficulties of travel, from having a bad view, and from an ill-fated return with regard to wealth and family.

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