ITINERARY DETAILS

1st Day of Journey:

  • Upon arrival assistance and guidance at Jeddah Airport.
  • After immigration we will then set off to the city of Makkah by coach/bus with the group.
  • Check in Makkah Hotel
  • Perform Umrah with the Group leader/Staff

Staying in Makkah till 19th Ramadan:

  • 1st till 19th Ramadan staying in Makkah hotel, take the advantage and spend most of the time in ibadat inside Masjid-Haram.
  • Ziyarat of historical places in Makkah will be arranged with the group after Fajar/Asr Salah (Group leader will inform the customers in advance).
  • Food (Sahoor & Iftar) will be served at hotel during the stay in Makkah.

20th Day of Ramadan:

  • We will check out from Makkah hotel around 13:00pm (local time).
  • We depart to the city of Madinah by coach/bus with the group.
  • Check in Madinah hotel around 18:00pm (local time).

Staying in Madinah:

  • Staying in Madinah hotel from 20th Ramadan till 1st day of EID and spend most of your time in the Ibadat inside Masjid-Nabwi.
  • Ziyarat of historical places in Makkah will be arranged with the group after Fajar/Asr Salah (Group leader will inform the customers in advance).
  • Food (Sahoor & Iftar) will be served at hotel during the stay in Madinah

1st day of EID:

  • Offer EID salah in Masjid Nabwi.
  • Special breakfast will be served on the EID day.
  • Group will check out from the hotel around 13:00 pm (local time).
  • We will return to the airport by coach/bus with the group leader to take the flight back home.

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Umrah GUIDE

It consists of the performance of a set of devotional rites in the Masjid al Haram in Makkah. It apparently resembles to the Hajj, which is because, every Hajj is accompanied by a prior Umrah and it is performed in the manner as they are prescribed by ALLAH & His Prophet. Umrah can be performed at any time of the year and as many time as you can afford. It is neither directly or imperatively, an obligation for the Muslims, but it is a Sunnat-e-muwaqada for them.

The Umrah is known to be an expiation of one’s sins. Hazrat Abu Hurairah, a close companion of the Prophet PBUH, reported a saying of the Prophet PBUH: “An Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the next, and hajj, which is accepted will receive no other reward than Paradise.” [Muslim]. He further reported that Holy Prophet PBUH says that: “Whoever performs hajj/ Umrah to this House (Ka’aba) and does not approach his wife for sexual relations nor commits sins (while performing hajj, Umrah), he will come out as sinless as a newly-born child.” [Bukhari]

The following rituals are the essential parts of Umrah:

  • 1) Entering the state of Ihram from miqat (or the from the airport), followed by the intention to perform Umrah and frequent recital of the Talbiyah thereafter.
  • 2) Tawaf al Umrah of the Kabbah followed by two rakatNaflsalat and partaking of the water of ZAMZAM.
  • 3) Performance of Sai between Safa&Marwah followed by two rakatNaflsalat.
  • 4) Halaq and then taking off Ihram into everyday clothes.

Preparations for Ihram

Purification: Take a bath with the intention of Ihram otherwise do wudu. Here it is noted that there are two ways of purification:

  • Purification of the body, shower or wudu.
  • Comb your hair, shape the beard, trim your moustache, cut your nails, and remove unwanted body hair.
  • Internal purification, sincere repentance on your sins. Say something like this: “O Allah, I sincerely repent on my sins and seek your forgiveness.”

Ihram Sheets: Men should wear a sheet of white cloth around the waist and cover the upper body with the other sheet. Women’s ordinary clothes are their Ihram. Both should wear the flip-flops (hawaichappal) so that the middle bones of the upper part of the feet are not covered.

Offering Nafl Salah: If it is not makruh (undesirable) time, offer two rakahs of nafl for Ihram by covering your heads.

Intention and Talbiyah: It is a good idea to ask at the time of boarding if the arrival of Miqat will be announced by the pilot. If not, make your intention and say Talbiyah on your own approximately one hour before you reach Jeddah. Now uncover your head and declare your intention.
“O Allah! I intend to perform Umrah. Please make it easy for me and accept it from me. Amen.”

Prohibitions in the state of Ihram: After intention and Talbiyah, you are in the status of Ihram and from this time on you should not do acts that are forbidden in the state of Ihram, for example, here are some of the things a muhrim must not do:

  • – Cover head (men), cover face (women).
  • – Cover the middle bone of the upper part of the feet (Both men and women).
  • – Shave / cut hair.
  • – Cut nails.
  • – Wear perfume.
  • – Wear stitched clothing (men) / (Women can wear their normal clothes).
  • – Hunting / killing.
  • – Sex.

Journey towards Makkah: During blessed journey towards Makkah al-Mukarrama starts, recite Talbiyah frequently on the way. Then enter the city very humbly and with great fondness still reciting Talbiyah. While reciting Talbiyah, enter Masjid al-Haram.

Entering Masjid al-Haram, First Sight: At the first sight of Ka’bah, keep your eyes fixed at Baitullah and standing at one side, it is advised that you do the following:

  • – Say Allahu Akbar three times.
  • – Say La IlahaIllallah three times.
  • – Proclaim Darud on our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) and very humbly and with tears in your eyes supplicate to Allah for whatever you wish. This is a special time for the acceptance of prayers.

Performing Tawaf

The essentials of Tawaf are as follows:

Preparation: Pass the upper sheet of Ihram from underneath the right arm and put it on the left shoulder. This act bares the right shoulder and is known as Iztaba. Ablutions (wudu) is essential for tawaf. When you reach Hajar-e- Aswad, the starting point of tawaf.

Niyyah (Intention): Like any other act of worship, it also starts with the intention to perform this act for the sake of ALLAH alone

Istilam: Now moving towards right, come in front of Hajar-e-Aswad and kiss it if possible, or touch it with a stick and kiss the stick; if that also is not possible, raise your hands to your ears keeping your open palms towards Hajre-e-Aswad and say:

” بِسْمِ اللهِ لله أكبر وَ ﻟِﻠَّﻪِ الحَمدُ”

and drop your hands down. Now point the palms of your hands again towards Hajar-e- Aswad and kiss them. This act of kissing Hajar-e-Aswad or pointing towards it is called Istilam.

Tawaf Starts: After Istilam, turn right and start tawaf counter clockwise.

Ramal: For the first three circuits of Tawaf al Umrah, men are required to move their shoulders and walk with quick short steps. This act is called Ramal and is Sunnah. They walk normally during the remaining four circuits.

Supplications of Tawaf: There are no fixed supplications for tawaf. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has said that there are two kalimahs that are light on tongue and (on the day of judgment) they weigh heavy on the scale (Mizan) and are liked by Allah. These kalimahs are:

سُبحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ ، سُبحَانَ اللّهِ الْعَظِيمِ (Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmizi)

You may also use supplications used in the daily Salah or you may seek forgiveness of Allah and ask Him whatever you wish in your own language.

Rukn Yamani and its Supplications: After passing the three corners of the Ka’bah you reach the fourth corner known as Rukn Yamani. Touch it with both hands or with right hand. There is a beautiful supplication to be used while walking between Rukn Yamani and Hajar-e-Aswad:

“رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ.”

Our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) has repeatedly recited this supplication. The first circuit is complete when you reach Hajar-e-Aswad.

Seven Circuits: At Hajar-e-Aswad, start the second circuit by kissing it or pointing towards it as you started the first circuit, i.e., come in front of Hajar-e-Aswad, raise both hands to your ears with open palms towards it and say:

” BismillahiAllahu Akbar WaLillahHilHamd”

Now kiss both palms and drop your hands. After this go around Ka’bah as you did before and similarly complete the seven circuits.

The End of Tawaf: At the end of seven circuits, do Istilam of Hajar-e- Aswad or point towards it eighth time which is SunnatMu’akidah. Also say:

“بِسْمِ اللهِ لله أكبر وَ ﻟِﻠَّﻪِ الحَمدُ”

Iztaba Finished: Now Iztaba is finished, therefore, you cover your both shoulders with upper portion of the Ihram sheet. This does not apply to women

Offer Two raka’at Naflsalah: If it is not an undesirable (Makrooh) time, offer two raka’at of nafl in the al-Haram.

Zamzam: It is the best available water in the world. Drink this water to fill while in standing position saying Bismillah. Then supplicate to Allah

“Allahummahinnias’alukailm-annaafi’anwarizqanwaasi’anwashifa’am min kullidaa’in.”

(O Allah! I implore Thee for beneficial knowledge, for vast provisions, and for cure from every disease).

Sai in Detail

The devotional act of walking seven times between the knolls of Safa and Marwah, which are located some distance from the Kabbah inside Masjid al Haram. This act repeated the footsteps of Hajar, wife of prophet Ibrahim during her desperate search for water for her infant son Ismail.

Istilam of Hajar-e-Aswad: Before starting Sa’ey, do Istilam of Hajar-e-Aswad again the ninth time or point towards it, saying:

بِسْمِ اللهِ لله أكبر وَ ﻟِﻠَّﻪِ الحَمدُ

Now Proceed towards Safa. It is a Sunnah to be in the state of ablutions during Sa’ey.

Start of Sa’ey at Safa: Climb the hill of Safa and make intention (niyyah) for Sa’ey:

” O Allah! I perform Sa’ey between Safa and Marwah to please You. Make it easy for me
and accept it from me.”

Now recite:

“إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِن شَعَائِرِ اللَّهِ.” (Al-Qur’an 2 : 158)

(Indeed Safa and Marwah are among the Signs of Allah.)

After this climb Safa to the point from where you can see the Ka’bah, then facing the Ka’bah raise your hands in supplication, say Allahu Akbar three times and recite the following supplication or ask Allah whatever you wish:

“La ilaha ill-Allahuwahdahu la Sharikalahu, lahul-mulkuwalahul-hamduwa ‘ala kullishai’inQadeer.”

If you don’t remember this, you may use the supplication recited earlier during Tawaf:

“بِسْمِ اللهِ لله أكبر وَ ﻟِﻠَّﻪِ الحَمدُ”

Proceed towards Marwah: Come down from Safa and move towards Marwah while reciting this supplication:

“Subhan-Allah wal-hamdu-lillahiwa la ilaha ill-Allah wa-Allahu Akbar wa la haulawa la quwwatailla-billa.”

If you don’t remember this supplication also, recite Subhan Allah, AlhamduLillah, Allahu Akbar repeatedly and keep moving. You may also praise Allah and ask for His mercy in your language or use supplications taken from the daily Salah. When you reach two green pillars between which men have to run but the women walk with their normal pace.

At Marwah: When on top of marwah, praise Allah facing the Ka’bah and repeat the same supplications that were recited at Safa. One trip is over, second trip will be on Safa and third trip will be on Marwah.

End of Sa’ey: In the same way, the seventh trip will end at Marwah. In all trips the men will run between the green pillars.

Offer Tworaka’atNaflsalah: If it is not an undesirable (Makrooh) time, offer two raka’ats of nafl in the al-Haram.

HALQ – Shaving or clipping of hair

After Sa’ey, men should get their heads completely shaved or get their hair clipped to the length of the upper third of their finger or a little more. Both shaving and clipping are permissible for men, though shaving is preferable. Women are, however, allowed to have a lock of their hair clipped. They are forbidden to shave their heads.

Umrah is complete: After cutting the hair, umrah is complete. The restrictions of Ihram are finished. Now wear your everyday clothes and lead a normal life.

Be thankful to Allah that HE provided the opportunity for performing Umrah and lead rest of your life according to the commands of ALLAH.

Notes:

  • – When reaching about midway between Safa&Marwah, start walking faster, for the length marked by green lights overhead.
  • – If Azaan is started for prayer during the Sai or Tawaf, pilgrim should stop where ever at that point in time & resume the Sai or Tawaf from that spot after performing prayer.
  • Women are required to run between the green lights in respect to the modesty expected of them in Islam.

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