Umrah is the most important Spiritual prayer and considered as one of the major pillars of Islam like “Hajj”. It is well-known as the Sunnah of Prophet “Muhammad” (PBUH) that could be performed at any time in the year except of the dedicated “Hajj” days in which Umrah closes. Umrah itself holds huge reward and big values in Islam but it is also not obligatory like “Hajj”.
Significance of Umrah In Islam:
Everyone must be known that every pilgrim who is going for the holiest journey to perform Hajj or even Umrah is the guests of “Allah Almighty“, handing over who have moved toward to Him. Like “Hajj”, Umrah also has greatest importance and significance in Islam, because it is dedicated with the Sunnah of Prophet “Muhammad” (PBUH) and every pilgrim spends his money and time only for Allah and his blessings.
In a hadith found in the book of Ibn-e-Maajah, The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said:
“The performers of Hajj and Umrah are delegation/Guest of Allah (SWT). If they call Him, He answers and if they asked for forgiveness, He forgives them.”
Another hadith clearly shows the great significance of Umrah and how much:
“Allah (SWT) loves those who sacrifice their time and wealth for His cause”
The best gift ALLAH Almighty has given to all Muslims is that He forgives all the pilgrims of Umrah and free them from their sins that they done in their life.
There are also countless awards declared by the Allah Almighty for the pilgrims according to Quran and Sunnah. However, the promise of “Allah Almighty” is fulfilled only if the Umrah is performed in the right way with true intentions and from heart. Once Prophet “Muhammad” (PBUH) was asked about the best good deed, our Prophet replied:
“The utmost struggle is Jihad and the next is accepted Umrah and Hajj“
Method to Perform Umrah:
It should be required for every pilgrim to know about the exact Ways to perform Umrah. Although, Umrah is also an act of prayer but not like regular Namaz & other Prayers. It has steps and whole method to be performed in the right way. The steps to perform Umrah are:
1. Wear Ihram
It is compulsory for every Pilgrim to wear “Ihram” after taking bathing completely to ensure cleanses. Men should wear only Ihram and bear the right shoulder at the time of Tawaf. But as concerned with women, there is no specific clothe for them. They are prohibited to wear the Niqaab (face-veil) and gloves. They may cover their hands with the lower part of their khimaar (head covering).
Every pilgrim should show his/her intention by declaring “Labbaik Allahumma Umrah” means (Allah Almighty, I am here for Umrah)
3.Make the Talbiyah
Means to raise their voice as “Labbaik Allahumma labbaik, labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik, innalâ€ hamda wanâ€ ni’mata laka walâ€ mulk, laa shareeka lak“, before entering in Kabba Sharif and start Tawaf-e-Haram.
4.Entering Masjid Al Haram
Every Pilgrim should enter in the Masjid Al Haram with his right foot and Make Duaa for the Masjid.
5.Tawaf of Kabba
Every Pilgrim has to take 7 rounds (Tawaf) around the Kabba. In 7 rounds, 3 rounds should be completed hasten. And the remaining 4 rounds should complete normally.
6.Proceed to Maqaam-e-Ibraheem
After completing the Tawaf, the pilgrim should proceed to Maqaam-e-Ibraheem and offer two (2) Rakkaat especially.
7.Go to Zam Zam Well
“Zam Zam” is the most purified and clearest drinking water in the whole universe and has the power to cure every disease. So every Pilgrim should drink “Zam Zam Water” and make Duaa before & after drinking.
8.Sa’I (7 Rounds)
Sa’I (7 rounds of Saffa to Marwa Mountain) contain significant importance in the whole Umrah. In Sa’I, every pilgrim should complete 7 circuits between Saffa and Marwa mountains with fast and normal speed on different points.
After completing the Sa’I, Men have to shave all their hair, or even trim their hair all the way round. But for women, it is recommended to shorten their hair by a finger-tip.
After completing the all steps, the Umrah is completed and all Pilgrims can lift up their Ihrams.
Umrah Packages and their Substance?
Before going for Umrah, it is very important to understand the substance of planning in advance. Planning for Umrah could be quite hectic for peoples because it is very difficult process to reserve the Umrah with all facilities. Umrah Packages offered by Umrah operators are the best options for all Muslims who want to go to Makkah and Madinah for Umrah. Because in Umrah Packages, they can get all facilities regarding the package without any hesitation and frustration and enjoy their tour to Makkah and Madinah.
Although, there are many Umrah tour operators are available in the Market, but among all of them “Travel To Haram” is the most trusted name and well-known for its cheap and most divine Umrah Packages 2018. They design all their Umrah packages for every type and standards of Muslims all around the United Kingdom because they know and well-aware with the needs of pilgrims. Their Umrah Packages contains all types of Nation’s best VIP facilities and services and the prices they charge against their Umrah Packages are highly cheap and affordable that everyone can easily afford.
Their VIP facilities contains:
1. VIP 5 Star Hotels in Makkah with luxury rooms near to Haram
2. VIP 5 Star Hotels in Madinah with luxury rooms near to Masjid-e-Nabvi
3. Quick Visa Processing
4. Corporate level Direct/ Indirect Flights
5. Confirmed Airline Tickets
6. Tours to various Islamic Holiest places in Makkah & Madinah
7. Guidelines over all steps of Umrah
And much more options they can count according to your request.
Should concentrate on many other things:
Some other Health & Safety tips every pilgrim should take into mind before and after going to Umrah. Some of the tips are as follows:
1. Maintaining personal hygiene, bathing regularly, and washing hands well by using water and soap
2. Using handkerchiefs when coughing or sneezing
3. Using a face-mask, especially in crowded places,
4. Wash fruits and vegetables well before eating
5. Cooked food should be eaten immediately after cooking
6. Drink enough liquids (water, juices, etc.) regularly
7. Taking enough sleep