Umrah all-year-round Pilgrimage: We offer bespoke services to suit all budgets needs for pilgrims intending on going for Umrah. This is performed at various times throughout the year and also during the blessed month of Ramadan due to its immeasurable rewards. Umrah is an Arabic word which meant “to visit”. Unlike Hajj, it is not obligatory. However, it is was recommended by Mohammed (Sollalahu Alehi wa salam). The Prophet (Sollalahu Alehi wa salam) said, “Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise.”
In accordance with sharia law, a pilgrim must first assume the state of Ihram. This is a state of purification achieved by completing cleansing rituals, wearing the prescribed clothing and abstaining from certain actions.This must be attained when reaching a Miqat – a principal boundary point in Mecca, like Zu ‘l-Hulafa, Juhfa, Qarnu ‘l-Manāzil, Yalamlam, Zāt-i-‘Irq, Ibrahīm Mursīa, or a place in al-Hill. Different conditions however, exists for air travellers, who must attain the state of Ihram; once they enter within a specific perimeter in the city. Umrah requires Muslims to perform two key rituals; tawaff and sa’i.
Tawaff is circling round the Ka’aba in anti-clockwise direction seven times. For men, it is recommended to do the first three circuits in a hurried pace, followed by four rounds at a more leisurely pace. This is followed by Sa’i between safah and mar’wah inside Masjid Harram in Makkah- a walk to commemorate Haggai’s search for water for her son ( Ishmael), and God’s mercy in answering prayers. Pilgrims conclude the pilgrimage with halq, a partial or complete shortening of the hair. Umrah is sometimes considered the “lesser hajj”, because it is not compulsory, but highly recommended.
It is generally able to be completed in a few hours, in comparison to Hajj, which takes a few days. It is also not meant to be interpreted as a substitute for Hajj. However, both are demonstrations of the solidarity of Muslims and submission to Allah.
Hajj Mabroor: Hajj is one of the essential pillars of Islam. The literal meaning of the word “Hajj” is heading to a place for the sake of visiting. In Islamic terminology, Hajj is a pilgrimage made to Kaaba, the “House of Allah”, in the sacred city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. Muslims and Muslimah are enjoined to perform at least one hajj in a lifetime.
Al-Bukhaari (1773) and Muslim (1349) narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “…an accepted Hajj brings no reward but Paradise.”
Also, At-Tirmidhi (738) and an-Nasaa’i (2631) narrated that ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Make the Hajj and ‘Umrah follow each other closely, for they remove poverty and sins as the bellows removes the dross of iron, gold and silver, and an accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.”
The pilgrimage rites begins on the 7th day of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (the last month of the Islamic year) and ends on the 12th day. The hajj is incumbent on all Muslims who are physically and financially able to make the pilgrimage; and also, if their absence will not place hardships on their family.
Anyone who is incapable of performing hajj by himself or herself, due to various health reasons, incapacity or old age, can perform the hajj by proxy. This will be done by appointing a relative or a friend to go on the pilgrimage to “stand in” for such person. Hajj is associated with the life of Mohammed (Sollalahu Alehi wa salam) in the 7th century AD. However, the ritual of pilgrimage to Makkah is considered by Muslims to stretch back thousands of years to the time of Prophet Ibrahim. During Hajj, pilgrims join processions of millions of people, who simultaneously converge in Makkah for the week of Hajj, while performing series of rituals.
Every pilgrim walks counter-clockwise seven times around the Ka’aba, which is the direction of prayer for Muslims. Pilgrims also trots (walks briskly) back-and-forth between the hills of Safah and Mar’wah seven times, drinks from the Zamzam well. They later proceed to the plains of Mount Arafah via Minna to stand in vigil, spends a night in the plain of Mudzalifah, and performs symbolic stoning of the three Jamarat. After offering the sacrifice of an animal, pilgrims are required to shave their head. Then they celebrate the three-day global festival of Eid Al’hada.
Our specialist knowledge, passion and experience affords us to guide pilgrims on all the rites and rituals of hajj. We offer services which are exceptional at the most affordable rates.
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