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Step by Step Umrah Guide by Hajjumrahhub

Umrah is a pilgrimage observed by Muslims who visit KSA with the help of cheap Umrah packages from USA that is essentially an act of worshiping Allah (SWT) and it depends on the Sunnah and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The pilgrimage can be made at any time of the year and consists of a visit to Allah’s House (SWT). When compared to the “greater pilgrimage” of the Hajj, it is referred to as a “minor pilgrimage.” But in Allah’s view, it is very valuable and virtuous (SWT).
The Umrah is based upon four fundamental pillars:

Ihram

In basic terms, wearing an Ihram signifies formally ‘intentionally’ undertaking the Umrah. The process of changing clothes and taking a proper bath (ghusl), which symbolizes washing away all impurities, is required before an individual can enter the fold of Ihram. While women may put on any type of apparel that covers their body and head, men can only wear the two textiles, Ridaa and Izaar. It is also recommended that women perform ghusl if they are menstruation or if they are bleeding after giving birth.

After being cleansed, the person should offer two rakaats of the Sunnah prayer or complete the required prayers. After completing that, the person must formally enter the Ihram by facing towards the Qibla and do so before departing for the Meeqat in Makkah.

When someone is wearing their ihram, they are not allowed to wear perfume or any other scented goods.
The traveler must declare their intention and say the following at the Meeqat:
According to the Sunnah, he or she should then recite the Talbiyah: It is recommended that the person recite the Talbiyah continuously from the time they put on their ihram until they do the Tawaaf.

Tawaaf (around the House of Allah (SWT)

Next, the pilgrim must enter Masjid al-Haram using just his or her right foot and recite: After touching the Black Stone (Hajr e Aswad), the pilgrim can begin the Tawaaf. Ideally, the traveler should place his right palm on it before planting a kiss on it. However, if he or she cannot kiss it immediately, they can kiss their hand after touching it. Touching or kissing the Black Stone is a really noble deed. In case the pilgrim cannot make physical contact with the stone, they should raise their hand towards it and shout “Allahu Akbar.” The pilgrim then begins the Tawaaf, which involves circumnavigating the Ka’bah, which is to their left.

Because the Ka’bah’s cloth is fragrant, one must take care not to touch it during Tawaaf lest part of the perfume rub off on them and invalidate their Ihram state. Known as Idtibaa, men are required to have their right shoulder bare while performing Tawaaf. To accomplish this, tuck the Ridaa under your right armpit and raise it to your left shoulder. In addition, during the first three rounds of Tawaaf, the men are required to do “raml,” which is essentially quick walking with small steps. They can resume their regular walking route for the remainder of the rounds.
After completing the seven circuits of Tawaaf, the believer is required to proceed to Ibrahim’s station, also known as Maqaam e Ibrahim.

The traveler is next expected to make two rounds of worship behind Maqaam e Ibrahim. The pilgrim might offer his prayers in any location within the mosque if that is going to be challenging. Surah Al-Kafirun (109) is uttered during the first rakah, and Surah Al-Ikhlaas (112) is chanted during the second. After saying the prayer, the person should return to the Black Stone and, if at all possible, touch it.

The following should be avoided: 

  • Ensure that Hijr Isma`il, which is the arch separating the Ka`bah’s north and west corners, is included in your Tawaf.
  • Avoid crowding to kiss or touch the Black Stone. Since this area is regarded as a part of the Ka`bah, you should walk around it outside.
  • You can offer the two-rak`ah prayer at any location within the mosque if you are unable to do so at Maqam Ibrahim following Tawaf. It is improper for some persons to perform it at the Maqam, disrupting the pilgrims’ orderly passage.

It should be noted that performing the seven rounds, beginning and finishing with the Black Stone, and maintaining the Ka`bah on the left side are the only requirements for Tawaf.
It is advised to make the above-mentioned supplications, touch the Yemeni corner, point to or kiss the Black Stone, pray two rak`ahs after Tawaf, and so on. If you miss one or more of these, your Tawaf remains intact.

The Saa’i between Marwah and Safa

After that, the pilgrim should go to Saa’i (Masaa), and as they get closer to the Safa hill, they should recite the following:

Next, the pilgrim must ascend the Safa mountain to a viewpoint that allows them to see the Ka’bah. Turning to face the Ka’bah, he or she should raise a hand in supplication to Allah (SWT). The pilgrim is allowed to offer any kind of dua. The following dua was repeated by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in praise, according to a hadith:

The pilgrim should do this three times: supplicate, practice dhikr, supplicate, supplicate, and so forth. The believers have to run between the green lights as they descend to Marwah.

Two green markers indicate the distance; the men are to run to the second marker, then go normally to the Marwah hill and climb up. The pilgrim is required to recite what they stated at Safa while facing the Qibla. The pilgrim must then descend once more and proceed to Safa. After doing seven rounds from Marwah to Safa (one circuit from Safa to Marwah), the pilgrim is required to repeat what they did the first time they arrived in Safa.

Head shaving and hair cutting

Finally, the pilgrim must cut their hair after completing the seven circuits. The guys must either shave their heads or cut all of their hair in one piece. It is mandated that women trim their hair to the size of a fingertip. The pilgrim formally completes his or her Umrah with this last deed. Thus, remember all the details when selecting December Umrah packages from New York.

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