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Umrah Preparation

How to Prepare Yourself for Umrah Tour?

The pilgrim can perform 3 types of Hajj:

  • The Hajj “tamatou”: the pilgrim chooses to do his Umrah before his Hajj.
  • Hajj “ifrade”: the pilgrim decides to do only the Hajj and not to perform Umrah.
  • The Hajj “quirane”: the pilgrim performs Hajj and Umrah together.

For the sake of simplicity, we propose a description of the first city, namely the Hajj “tomato”. So we start by explaining the Manasik of Umrah.

The Umrah:

  • Before going into Ihram (sacralisation), it is good to wash the body completely by doing a Ghusl (ritual bath), to epilate some parts like the armpits and the pubis, to cut the nails, to carve the moustache and put on perfume (musk for example).
  • After having performed the Ghusl (ritual bath), the pilgrim attaches around his waist the Izar (a kind of white loincloth) and puts on the top of his body the Rida (white cloth). To put on shoes, the haj (pilgrim) will put sandals incha ALLAH. It is possible to carry the robe of Ihram in his hotel room before being in the Miqat, as was done by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and the Sahaba.
  • It must be borne in mind that wearing Ihram’s habit is not synonymous with entry into a state of sacralisation.
  • After that, the haj (pilgrim) gets on the bus to go to Mecca passing by the Miqat. In our case, as we come from Medina, our Miqat will be that of Dhou-El Houlayfa which is also called Abyar-Ali (distant from Medina of 12 Km).
  • Once at the Miqat, the pilgrims for whom the Miqat is Thou El Houlayfa may (recommended but not required) perform a supererogatory prayer because the place is blessed.
  • In the case where the pilgrim arrives at the Miqat at the time of Dohr’s prayer, he performs Dohr’s prayer, and then he formulates the intention (as did the ALLAH Messenger, Peace and Blessings be on him).
  • As soon as he finishes his prayer, and decides to enter the state of Irham (sacralisation), the haj (pilgrim) stands in the direction of the Qibla (in a standing position) to make the following intention: “Labayka ALLAHOUMMA bi ‘Umrah”, to which we can add ALLAHOUMMA hadhihi’ Omratan the riya-a fiha wa the soum’atan ‘=’ My Lord, I am going to Your call to perform an ‘Umrah’. And “without ostentation or reputation seeking”.

 These prohibitions concern both men and women:

  • To put something (that is in direct contact) on the head like a cheche, a hat, a scarf, a cap, a visor etc…
  • The fact of putting on clothes where there are seams and which are fashioned such as trousers, shirts, tracksuits, sweaters, T-shirts etc…
  • As for the sisters, they can put on the clothes they want; however, they should not put on gloves or hide their faces with a sitar for example.

The arrival of the sacred city of Mecca: When the pilgrim arrives at the blessed place of Mecca (AL HARAMOU AL MAKKI) and the houses of Mecca are seen, the Haj (pilgrim) stops pronouncing the Talbiya to devote himself to do certain acts, which are:

It is good for the pilgrim (haj) to wash the whole body doing what is called in Arabic a “Ghusl” (ritual bath, a kind of shower during which the whole body must be reached by the water) before entering the blessed city of Mecca, and entering the sacred city of Mecca in broad daylight (if possible by ALLAH’s permission).

In the state of sacralisation (Ihram), certain things become forbidden as:

  • Shaving or Cutting One’s Hair.
  • Cutting One’s Nails (Whether Hands or Feet)
  • The Embalming of the Body or the Garment of Perfume.
  • Concluding Away (Marriage) or Asking For It for Yourself or Someone Else.
  • The Fact of Indulging In the Preliminaries of the Sexual Relation, Such As Kissing His Wife.
  • The Act of Carnality Concretely With His Wife.
  • Slaughtering a Game.

If you are a first timer pilgrim and not willing to remember, just book Umrah packages from travel agency which will provide guide for entire journey.

Umrah at Younger Age

Why Younger Age is The Best Time to Perform Umrah?

Many of us dream to perform the pilgrimage from a very young age and to see the Kaaba closely and the Abraham Station, to drink Zamzam, to make the Tawaf around the Kaaba, to wear the white uniform of the pilgrimage, and to meet Muslims from all over the world to participate in the most important gathering in the history of mankind.

The pilgrimage is a unique occasion to solicit the forgiveness of Allah SoubhanaHou Wa Ta’ala and to become better to gain access to paradise, insha’Allah. Yet the pilgrimage is sometimes perceived as a distant event and out of reach, especially among young people.

That said, we sooner or later end up leaving high school and university to move forward in our lives. You may start with an amount set aside, or you may have paid off the last instalment of your student loan.

You then have the opportunity to go to Hajj. At the same time, other projects may come to you like a wedding, a trip, or a vacation, which then forces you to make a choice. So notice to young people, you who are torn between all these possibilities. Here is why you should invest all your energy, your efforts, and your resources in what could be called the dream of a lifetime: The pilgrimage to Mecca.

A young pilgrim on performing Umrah:

A teenager or a mature adult should know that this experience is much more than a physical journey. This pilgrimage is a spiritual journey, a path of growth and learning, a way of approaching Allah and feeling it in our soul.

They must know that the goal is not only to approach Allah. The objective of this journey is to approach Him. Make sure that this trip will solve more than one doubt and ensure that your heart is filled with something that could not be explained even with the most beautiful words.

Something there is to live to feel and, at the same time, something to feel to live. An unequivocal feeling of light, a “something” that will be felt in a unique and personal way.

The east trip is that “That” we could call “spark”, a reminder of the true road that we have to fulfil because doing this trip could be described as “Go for the torch that will light us as we travel the path of Allah”.

A torch imperishable that it will never abandon us in our wanderings and that will enlighten us in the most difficult moments of our life, because, in short, this trip is for that, to safeguard Allah in our hearts.

Young hearts with compassion:

As a young Muslim believer, it is obvious that you longed to reach the highest degree of faith, and I decided to find him by going to the house of Allah. Ask Allah to accept your work and do it purely for his cause. Love him that others benefit through it, making it a source of reward in this life and the next, making it helpful for us on judgement day final.

Like any youth, every believing Muslim yearns to do the pilgrimage to the house of Allah, travel that sacred path in which the steps are taken with the heart rather than with the feet.

He felt the desire to be able to reach the highest degree of faith, to find me, and what better place for it that in the refuge that is for the soul the house of Allah? It is a particular remembrance of that day. A day that perhaps would have nothing too special. A day in which Ceuta lived a beautiful spring-like another anyone. While asking out your parents about this, you need to make sure if the day had come, and if it was the time to talk to my parents.

For easy journey you can book Umrah packages from travel agents.