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Umrah and rituals

Umrah is a beautiful spiritual journey taken by every single Muslim to acknowledge Allah as the harbinger of peace and to commune with him to purge the impurities within.

Essentially, the Umrah means ‘a visit’ to the Holy Kaaba (the Sacred House of God) in Arabic and can be performed by anyone, anytime of the year; unlike Hajj, which is an obligatory pilgrimage to Makkah, performed every year within the first 10 days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.

                IHRAM FROM MIQAT – THE INTENTION TO PERFORM UMRAH

Before pilgrims wish to enter the Al Masjid Al Haram (the sacred boundary of Makkah) and move across to perform Umrah, they should wear Ihram in order to make haram and traverse the five different areas of Miqats in the Haram boundary:

  • Dhu’l Hulaifah (Abbyar Ali) is for pilgrims coming from or through Madina
  • Al-Juhfah (near Rabigh) is for pilgrims coming from or through Syria, Morocco, or Egypt.
  • Qarn-al manazil (As-Sail Al-Kabeer) is for pilgrims coming from or through Najd or Taif.
  • Yalamlam (Sa’adiyah) is for pilgrims coming from or through India, Pakistan or Yemen.
  • Dhat `Irq is for pilgrims coming from or through Iraq.

Prior to visiting the sacred boundary of Makkah, pilgrims are mandated to assume a state of Ihram, which is the combined sacred act of Niyyah and Talbiyah necessary to perform Umrah.

To become a Muhrim (a pilgrim that has attained the state of Ihram), a pilgrim must prepare himself for Ihram by following the below steps as instructed by the Prophet (PBUH):

  • Performing ablutions – cleansing the body to attain physical purity, which involves some rituals that are mandatory (Mushtahab) and others, are preferable for Ihram:
  1. Ghusl (Mustahab)
  2. Perfuming the head & beard. (Mustahab)
  • Clipping finger & toe nails (Preferred)
  1. Trimming moustache (Preferred)
  2. Shaving off unwanted body hair (Preferred)
  • Changing into the sacred attire of two-pieced white Ihram sheets (Izar and Rida) for men and ordinary Islamic clothes for women. Both, men and women, should wear the flip-flops or sandals that expose the middle bones of the midfoot.
  • Performing the two Rakats of Salah al-Ihram while covering the head.
  • Pronouncing the Niyyah as the Miqat approaches
  • Reciting Talbiyah repeatedly while traversing the Miqat stations in the sacred boundary of the Grand Holy Mosque until the commencement of Tawaf before travelling to Makkah for the next step of Umrah.

Tawaf:

After assuming a state of Ihram, the Muhrim performs the obligatory act of Tawaf in the Al Masjid Al Haram. Men must bare their right shoulder by placing the Rida under their right arm and the lower parts of it over their left shoulder during the entirety of Tawaf. Upon completion of Tawaf, pilgrims can go behind Maqam Ibrahim and perform Salat of Tawaf to offer the two short rak’aa’s and thereafter drink the holy Zamzam water from Well of Zamzam in the basement of the Sacred Mosque while supplicating to Allah.Saiy: WALKING SEVEN TIMES BETWEEN THE HILLS OF SAFA AND MARWAH IN WORSHIP:

Umrah pilgrims intending to make Sa’iy must make their way out of the Al Masjid Al Haram towards the Masaa’ which commemorates the struggle Prophet Abraham’s wife Hazarat Hajra went through to search for water for her son in between the hills of Safa in the south and Marwah in the North. The seventh round will end at Marwah where all pilgrims must stand facing the Kaaba and repeat the same supplications that were recited at Safa.HALQ (SHAVING THE HEAD) OR TAQSIR (CLIPPING OR SHORTENING OF THE HAIR FOR MEN AND WOMEN)

Finally, the last step of your journey, shaving or clipping the hair in Mina. While women are forbidden to shave their heads and only allowed to have a lock or strand of their hair clipped. All the prohibitions imposed on the conduct of pilgrims by Irham are lifted, upon completion of this last obligatory ritual.

Restrictions of Ihram:

Below is a list of actions that could cause the Mu’tamer to break the state of Ihram if intentionally made:

  • Removing hair.
  • Cutting fingernails.
  • Using perfume or any scented product after Ihram.
  • Covering the head (for men).
  • Wearing stitched clothing (for men).
  • Wearing niqab and gloves (for women).
  • Acting on any lustful desire.
  • Intercourse.
  • Hunting.

Finally, we would like to ask that you support us in our endeavour and pray for the success of this project, allowing it to be a means of salvation for those who have contributed to it. Ameen.

About wedhotels:

The company is seeking to provide the best service levels in accordance with the highest professional standards and grows within the medium and long-term strategy, it is seeking to expand out through entering new markets and strengthen existing markets and the development of appropriate ways of her service. The main objective of the company with providing the best service is to develop a continuous performance.

Health:

Make sure your routine immunizations are up to date, and ask your tour operator about the vaccinations required for your visa. Carry hand sanitizer, as well as treatments for colds, diarrhea, and anything else you might need.
Stay hydrated, rest, and use protection from the sun.
There are facilities providing water, public accommodations, and other amenities.

Umrah is a beautiful spiritual journey taken by every single Muslim to acknowledge Allah as the harbinger of peace and to commune with him to purge the impurities within.

Essentially, the Umrah means ‘a visit’ to the Holy Kaaba (the Sacred House of God) in Arabic and can be performed by anyone, anytime of the year; unlike Hajj, which is an obligatory pilgrimage to Makkah, performed every year within the first 10 days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah.

                IHRAM FROM MIQAT – THE INTENTION TO PERFORM UMRAH

Before pilgrims wish to enter the Al Masjid Al Haram (the sacred boundary of Makkah) and move across to perform Umrah, they should wear Ihram in order to make haram and traverse the five different areas of Miqats in the Haram boundary:

  • Dhu’l Hulaifah (Abbyar Ali) is for pilgrims coming from or through Madina
  • Al-Juhfah (near Rabigh) is for pilgrims coming from or through Syria, Morocco, or Egypt.
  • Qarn-al manazil (As-Sail Al-Kabeer) is for pilgrims coming from or through Najd or Taif.
  • Yalamlam (Sa’adiyah) is for pilgrims coming from or through India, Pakistan or Yemen.
  • Dhat `Irq is for pilgrims coming from or through Iraq.

Prior to visiting the sacred boundary of Makkah, pilgrims are mandated to assume a state of Ihram, which is the combined sacred act of Niyyah and Talbiyah necessary to perform Umrah.

To become a Muhrim (a pilgrim that has attained the state of Ihram), a pilgrim must prepare himself for Ihram by following the below steps as instructed by the Prophet (PBUH):

  • Performing ablutions – cleansing the body to attain physical purity, which involves some rituals that are mandatory (Mushtahab) and others, are preferable for Ihram:
  1. Ghusl (Mustahab)
  2. Perfuming the head & beard. (Mustahab)
  • Clipping finger & toe nails (Preferred)
  1. Trimming moustache (Preferred)
  2. Shaving off unwanted body hair (Preferred)
  • Changing into the sacred attire of two-pieced white Ihram sheets (Izar and Rida) for men and ordinary Islamic clothes for women. Both, men and women, should wear the flip-flops or sandals that expose the middle bones of the midfoot.
  • Performing the two Rakats of Salah al-Ihram while covering the head.
  • Pronouncing the Niyyah as the Miqat approaches
  • Reciting Talbiyah repeatedly while traversing the Miqat stations in the sacred boundary of the Grand Holy Mosque until the commencement of Tawaf before travelling to Makkah for the next step of Umrah.

Tawaf:

After assuming a state of Ihram, the Muhrim performs the obligatory act of Tawaf in the Al Masjid Al Haram. Men must bare their right shoulder by placing the Rida under their right arm and the lower parts of it over their left shoulder during the entirety of Tawaf. Upon completion of Tawaf, pilgrims can go behind Maqam Ibrahim and perform Salat of Tawaf to offer the two short rak’aa’s and thereafter drink the holy Zamzam water from Well of Zamzam in the basement of the Sacred Mosque while supplicating to Allah.Saiy: WALKING SEVEN TIMES BETWEEN THE HILLS OF SAFA AND MARWAH IN WORSHIP:

Umrah pilgrims intending to make Sa’iy must make their way out of the Al Masjid Al Haram towards the Masaa’ which commemorates the struggle Prophet Abraham’s wife Hazarat Hajra went through to search for water for her son in between the hills of Safa in the south and Marwah in the North. The seventh round will end at Marwah where all pilgrims must stand facing the Kaaba and repeat the same supplications that were recited at Safa.HALQ (SHAVING THE HEAD) OR TAQSIR (CLIPPING OR SHORTENING OF THE HAIR FOR MEN AND WOMEN)

Finally, the last step of your journey, shaving or clipping the hair in Mina. While women are forbidden to shave their heads and only allowed to have a lock or strand of their hair clipped. All the prohibitions imposed on the conduct of pilgrims by Irham are lifted, upon completion of this last obligatory ritual.

Restrictions of Ihram:

Below is a list of actions that could cause the Mu’tamer to break the state of Ihram if intentionally made:

  • Removing hair.
  • Cutting fingernails.
  • Using perfume or any scented product after Ihram.
  • Covering the head (for men).
  • Wearing stitched clothing (for men).
  • Wearing niqab and gloves (for women).
  • Acting on any lustful desire.
  • Intercourse.
  • Hunting.

Finally, we would like to ask that you support us in our endeavour and pray for the success of this project, allowing it to be a means of salvation for those who have contributed to it. Ameen.

About wedhotels:

The company is seeking to provide the best service levels in accordance with the highest professional standards and grows within the medium and long-term strategy, it is seeking to expand out through entering new markets and strengthen existing markets and the development of appropriate ways of her service. The main objective of the company with providing the best service is to develop a continuous performance.

Health:

Make sure your routine immunizations are up to date, and ask your tour operator about the vaccinations required for your visa. Carry hand sanitizer, as well as treatments for colds, diarrhea, and anything else you might need.
Stay hydrated, rest, and use protection from the sun.
There are facilities providing water, public accommodations, and other amenities.

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