Every Ibadah in Islam is associated with some rewards, like Umrah, which is one of our beloved Prophet Muhammad's (P.B.U.H) most important Sunnah and is known as an important and spiritual obligation for Muslims.
It is a way of purifying the mind and soul, as well as providing lifetime inspiration. Allah (SWT) rewards any good deed done for Him, and when a believer devotes his time and resources to Him, He protects him from misery and suffering. The benefits of performing Hajj and Umrah are immense.
Umrah is a linguistic term that refers to a visit to a specific place. In terms of Shariah, Umrah involves performing Meeqat in Ihram, Tawaf of the Kaaba, performing Sa'i of Safa & Marwah, and performing Halq (shaving) or Taqsir (hair shortening).
While Umrah can be performed at any time of the year, it is not recommended to do so between the 9th and 13th of Dhul Hijjah, when the Hajj takes place. The rituals performed during Umrah are also an integral part of Hajj.
During his lifetime, the Prophet ? performed Umrah four times. There is controversy among the four Sunni schools of thought about whether performing Umrah at least once in one's lifetime is obligatory.
Umrah is not considered Fardh (obligatory) by both the Hanafi and Maliki schools of thought, but it is considered a Sunnah Mu'akkadah. The Shafi'i and Hanbali schools of thought, on the other hand, consider Umrah, like Hajj, to be Fardh.
This type of Umrah is performed separately from Hajj and can be performed at any time during the year, except during the Hajj days.
This type of Umrah is usually performed in accordance with Hajj and takes place in the month of Dhul Hijjah, just before the Hajj begins. This type of Hajj is known as Hajj al-Tamattu, and it is the most popular and easy for pilgrims to perform.
Make sure that the steps for 'Umrah are mentioned below. Let's get started without further ado!
Before performing Hajj or 'Umrah, a Muslim enters a holy state (of mind and body) known as Ihram. Ihram will start on the plane at a place outside of Makkah if you are flying into Makkah. An announcement will be made about an hour and a half before you reach Makkah, and you will be notified by it. Meeqats are the places where Ihram begins.
The Prophet (PBUH) said:
Ihram for Men:
2 pieces of plain unstitched white cloth.
Ihram for Women:
Any Islamic dress is suitable and allowed to wear.
Tawaf is referred to the Hajj and Umrah ritual of circulating the Ka'bah 7 times.
Before starting the Tawaf:
Make sure, you must have wudu. (Women who are menstruating are unable to perform Tawaf.
It is common for men to wear their Ihrams so that their right shoulder remains bare. This is referred to as Idtiba'a. After completing their Tawaf, men must cover their shoulders once more (i.e. after seven tawafs).
Tawaf Al-Ifadah is the name of the Tawaf you are performing, and to complete it, you must pray at Maqam E Ibrahim and drink Zamzam water.
Walking or running 7 times between the two mountains of Safah and Marwah to remember Hazrat Hajarah's (AS) quest for water for her beloved son Ismail (AS).
How to perform Sa’i?
For men, this comprises shaving or trimming the hair on their head and changing from Ihram to normal attire. For women, this means trimming their hair by the tip of their fingers. The condition of Ihram is then finished, and the Ihram rules are lifted.
In short, you start Ihram at the Meeqat, perform Tawaf, pray two rakats, drink Zamzam water, perform Sa'i, and then end Ihram.
Packing the necessary travel essentials should be your top priority; otherwise, you would not be able to travel.
The Hajj authorities will take your passport upon your arrival in Saudi Arabia and return it to you when you leave.
It is suggested that you bring at least four passport-sized photographs with you. During your Umrah journey, these photos will be needed for documentation and procedures. It is preferable to take it with you rather than worry about it there.
While you can change your currency in Saudi Arabia, it is recommended that you carry a minimum of 450 SAR for immediate expenses before you become familiar with the local currency exchange process. In Saudi Arabia, you can exchange money at the airport or local banks or money changers in both Makkah and Madinah.
Because no one can lend you money there, carry enough money to meet your expenses. Make a budget ahead of time.
In your pocket-sized diary, write down all of the important Contact numbers. You should have the phone numbers of your group leader and the consulate of your country as well. If any of your relatives live in Saudi Arabia, must bring their phone numbers as well.
As previously mentioned, Saudi authorities will take your passport at your arrival, so bring one or two copies of your passport with you.
A valid ticket and a complete travel itinerary should also be on your to-do list.
Even when copies of the Quran can be found in Masjid, it is more convenient to have your own. If you keep a mini Quran in your pocket, you won't have to get up, which might cause you to lose your seat in the Masjid.
Several pocket-sized dua books are available in the market. Purchase books with translations of each supplication so you can understand what you're reciting.
Make a list of supplications you'd like to make during your Umrah pilgrimage, particularly on Arafat Day. List the supplications you'd like to make, including dua for your ancestors, yourself, your family, and relatives, dua for the entire Muslim community, particularly those Muslim brothers and sisters suffering around the world, and dua for those who have died.
You must keep your tasbeeh in your pocket at all times so that you can perform dhikr wherever you are. Digital counters are extremely useful.
This is especially required to count the circuits of Tawaf and Sa’i.
If you forget anything, a pocket-sized guide might help tremendously.
The pilgrims' outfits must be appropriate. If you buy a very thin cotton ihram, you might find it uncomfortable in case of sweating. It is preferable to use a towel or a thick cotton fabric.
The upper piece of Ihram must be fastened so that it does not slip from the shoulders by this small but necessary item.
Keep valuable items such as money, credit cards/debit cards, papers, and keys in a good quality waist or neck pouch. Have your pouch with you at all times and don't leave it at your accommodation.
Pack light-weight, loose-fitting clothes that don't need to be ironed and can be washed quickly, as well as clothes that are suitable for the journey.
Men wear a prayer hat, while women wear hijab. So, keep them in your luggage.
If you’re performing Umrah in winters, must pack a light jacket as nights and early mornings becomes cold.
Your current medication recommended by your physician, cold and flu relief medication, pain relief pills, travel sickness tablets, moisturizing cream, lip balm, Vaseline, cough syrups, diarrhea tablets, bandages, sunblock, muscle pain ointment, and antibiotics all must be included in your bag.
Electronics such as a universal travel adapter, a cell phone, a Saudi SIM card, a cell phone charger, headphones, a wristwatch, an alarm clock, and a travel iron must be packed.
Depending on your needs, several travel agencies provide 3- to 5 star Umrah packages.
3-star Umrah Packages:
By recognizing the needs of each consumer market, the best opportunities for an inexpensive stay are also designed for the Umrah Packages.
4-star Umrah Packages:
Affordable, Deluxe, or even more luxurious 3 to 4-star hotels, and all the facilities are available according to budget preferences.
5-star Umrah Packages:
The best service providers meet all requirements and improve the affordability aspect for all pilgrims with 5-star accommodation. Hotels and accommodations in the immediate vicinity of Makkah and Medina are equipped with modern amenities.
Cheap Umrah Packages:
These packages are designed for those who are passionate to perform the Umrah but not have enough money to perform it. Cheap Umrah Packages comes with many luxurious facilities in affordable prices.
Whereas the Hanafi and Maliki schools of thought do not consider Umrah to be obligatory, there are numerous benefits and blessings to performing it, as mentioned below.
This is a fantastic opportunity for Muslims to become a guest of Allah is a blessing. On this journey, pilgrims experience peace and quit all bad habits to seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah. Then Allah will certainly hear them and will never abandon them.
According to Abu Hurairah (RA), The Allah's Messenger ? said:
Umrah is performed by any Muslim in order to receive Allah's forgiveness and blessings. Muslims who are having financial difficulties will be able to resume their normal lives after Umrah. People do not conduct Umrah for the sake of escaping poverty, but Allah will show His grace and blessings on the Muslims, which is an unintended reward.
"The Allah’s Messenger ? said:
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