The ʿUmrah (Arabic: عمرة) is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, performed by Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Hajj. In Arabic, Umrah means “to visit a populated place.” In the Sharia, Umrah means to perform Tawaf round the Kaaba and Sa’i between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, after assuming Ihram (a sacred state), either from a Miqat like Zu ‘l-Hulafa, Juhfa, Qarnu ‘l-Manāzil, Yalamlam, Zāt-i-‘Irq, Ibrahīm Mursīa, or a place in Hill.
Umrah being such an important act of worship, we sincerely understand at Al-Hira Tours and Travels how important it is for the prospective pilgrim to find the right kind of package to suit his/her needs. You will find us honest and straight forward in our dealings, always doing our utmost to recommend the package that best suits your requirements and providing accurate descriptions of all the services provided. We place great emphasis on these points and after several memorable and successful Umrah trips; we can honestly say that you will always be met with a friendly and helpful service, reflecting a high degree of professionalism.
How to perform ‘Umrah
★ In Arabic, the word ‘Umrah is derived from I‘timar which means a visit. However, ‘Umrah in Islamic terminology, means paying a visit to Ka’bah, performing Tawaf (circumambulation) around it, walking between Safa and Marwah seven times. A performer of ‘Umrah puts off his Ihram by having his hair shaved or cut. ‘Umrah can be performed along with Hajj and in other days as well.
★ ‘Umrah can be performed during anytime in the year, there is no fixed time for ‘Umrah.
The Pillars of `Umrah are four:
a) Ihram: which is assumed at the Meeqat.
b) Tawaf: around the House.
c) Sa’y: walking between As-Safa and Al-Marwah, which consists of seven circuits.
d) Tahal-lul: which means coming out of the state of Ihram; becoming lawful what was previously prohibited during Ihram.
★ During ‘Umrah, pilgrims do not go to Mina, ‘Arafat and Muzdalifah or throw pebbles on the Jamrahs (stone pillars representing devils) or offer animal sacrifice. These rites are only performed during Hajj.
THE FIFTH PILLAR OF ISLAM
The Fifth Pillar of Islam is called Hajj (a Pilgrimage to Mecca) the performance of the Hajj upon every Muslim male or female is obligatory. Every Muslim who is of responsible age, fairly in good health and physically fit and financially capable and secure must make the Hajj at least once in a life time.
Al-Abeer Tours & Travels has been catering to the Muslims for both Hajj & Umrah pilgrimages through its Hajj & Umrah division. Hajj being the most sacred of the two and also being one of the pillars of Islam, we at Al-Abeer Tours & Travels take extra care and put extra efforts to provide a smooth Hajj experience.
★ Hajj is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.
★ Two to five million people from around the globe convene to affirm their commitment to God and commemorate the example and sacrifice of Prophet Abraham.
★ Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Most Muslims perform it at least once in their lives. However, Hajj is not mandatory unlike the other four pillars, because of the hardships of the ritual. So, Islam has taken into consideration both the financial and physical ability of the individual, regarding the performance of Hajj.
★ The rites of Hajj are performed from the 8th to the 12th of Dul Hijjah.
★ Eid Al-Adha falls on the 10th day of the month of Due Hijjah.
★ All male pilgrims wear the same simple attire, which consists of two white clothes that cover the body called Ihram. Women wear a simple abaya; but they have their heads covered with their faces showing. The simple dress is a symbol of purity and equality.
★ Hajj is a journey into self-reflection and personality development. It’s an experience that allows the person to live the brotherhood and sisterhood of humanity. It is a journey for learning the art of sacrifice; allowing pilgrims to connect with the divine.