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Pilgrimage was made compulsory for Muslims after the migration of the Prophet ﷺ. It is necessary for a pilgrim to perform it once in his lifetime and it can be performed voluntarily more than once. Allah gives the good tidings that “one who has performed Hajj will return with all his misdeeds being forgiven. The Prophet ﷺ said: “He who performs Hajj with no obscenity or evil practices will come out from all sins as a newly born baby.” [Muslim and Al-Bukhaari].
What is Umrah?
Umrah is an Islamic terminology for religious ritual in which Muslims from all over the world pay a visit to Khana Ka’bah. Pilgrims perform tawaf (circumambulation) around the Ka’bah and walk between the holy place of Al-Safaa and Al-Marwah for seven times. Pilgrims can perform Umrah along with Hajj or in anytime of the year as there is no specific time to perform this religious ritual.
After the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah Umrah Dhu’l-Qada was the first pilgrimage, which was performed by Prophet ﷺ and his companions after the migration to Medina. Pilgrimage which takes place in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah is a major Pilgrimage also known as Hajj whereas pilgrimage which can be performed in any other month of the year is called Umrah.
Umrah and its Rituals:
Tawaf: Pilgrims need to circle around the Ka’bah for seven times in an anticlockwise direction. Men are supposed to do this 3 times in a fast pace, then four times more closely to Ka’bah at a slow pace.
Sa’i: Sa’i is performed by pilgrims by walking seven times back and forth between the hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. This is to re-enact the desperate search of water by Hazrat Hajara (A.S) when baby Ishmael was crying with thirst and hit the ground with his foot where amazingly water sprang forth. Today this source of water is known as the Well of Zamzam.
Wearing Ihraam: Meeqaat is the place where pilgrims on Hajj and Umrah are required to wear the pilgrim’s garments. After arriving at Meeqaat pilgrims are assumed to be in a state of Ihraam as they perform Ghusl and perfume themselves but not the pilgrimage garments. Men need to wear Ihraam, which are two white sheets, one to cover the upper part of the body and the other for the lower body portions. Women can wear any decent clothes which fulfill all the Islamic requirements of Hijab. During the state of Ihraam if it’s time for the obligatory prayers then pilgrims should perform it however if they are unable to offer the obligatory prayers, they can perform two voluntary Rak’ats after ablution.
Halq or Taqsir: Pilgrims need to cut their hair before performing Umrah. The partial shortening of hair is known as Taqsir whereas shaving the head completely is called Halq. Women are exempted from this however they need to cut a little amount of their hair instead.
Tahal-lul: This is when pilgrims are allowed to go out of Ihram after completing all the rituals. Drinking water from the Well of Zamzam is not part of the ritual however many performers like to drink Abe Zamzam.
Types of Umrah
Pilgrims from all over the world come to Khana Ka’bah to perform Umrah. There are two types of Umrah performed by Pilgrims. Depending on the wish to perform Hajj and Umrah together which is called Umrat al-tammatu in which Umrah is to be performed first then rituals of Hajj are performed or Al-Umrat al mufradah which is performing Umrah completely independently of Hajj.
Umrah Services by Kate Travels:
Kate travel has been providing Umrah services since 1985 and it is one of the excellent service providers which are catering Umrah services with utmost reliability and dedication. We have served thousands of pilgrims throughout Pakistan with our unmatchable quality services and years of experience. We take pride in serving pilgrims as our foremost aim is to give leading services to make your holy journey a hassle-free one and completely according to Sunnah. Our services are directed by professionals who have years of experience in providing Hajj and Umrah services. We cater all your requirements of accommodation, catering and other necessities well in your budget for the whole family or as a group of pilgrims. As we manage all your needs, you can solely focus on your spiritual journey. We have designed a set of Umrah packages to suite your requirement keeping in view your plan and budget. You can see the details of these packages on our website. Feel free to call us if you need any assistance regarding Umrah services or you can email us for any information.