Being able to perform the minor pilgrimage is a great blessing of Allah Almighty for a believer. Though Umrah isn’t an obligation, Muslims desire for its performance just like they desire for the performance of hajj. However, only a few are blessed with these opportunities in their lifetime. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of Muslims travel all around the year through the hajj packages for Umrah’s performance in Makkah.
Since Umrah isn’t something that we observe on a daily basis, one might get confused about the do’s and don’ts. Here are a few tips.
The Do’s of Umrah.
Prepare before leaving.
Always get the necessary knowledge on the rituals of umrah, travel in the kingdom, the local rules and regulations as well as the ihram prohibitions before your departure. These things are very significant to consider. Especially when you are in the state of Ihram and offering the holy rituals of minor pilgrimage, a lot of conditions are imposed on a pilgrim. Violating any of those would make your umrah performance invalid or a penalty might get due.
Always travel light when going for umrah performance. Only carry your essentials such as ihram clothes, footwear, medicines, toiletries, regular clothing, your travel documents, and anything else that you deem necessary. Packing light would help you remain organized during your trip quite efficiently as well as there won’t be any hassle in baggage management.
When you are in Haram, you’ll meet people of different races, cultures, nations, and languages. There might be some things that you find strange in others but always remain respectful to every one of the pilgrims. Respect their personal boundaries and be friendly.
Spend most of your time in Supplication.
Remember that you’ve come to the holy land for the sake of pleasing Allah Almighty. Therefore, spend most of your time in supplication. Offer Salah on time, Recite the holy Quran, perform Dhikr and take part in charitable things.
The Don’ts of Umrah.
Indulging yourself in matters that do not concern you.
As said earlier, there’ll be a lot of people in Haramain with different personalities. So don’t indulge yourself in unnecessary talks or matters that don’t concern you. Be patient and forgiving and try not to fight with anybody. Even if you feel bothered by someone, forgive and forget for the sake of Allah Almighty.
Ignoring Rules and Regulations.
When you are in the kingdom, you must abide by all of the local rules and regulations. Whether these rules concern the accommodation you have, transportation/travel, or even when inside Haramain. These rules are just because of the reason that a safe and healthy umrah experience can be ensured for every pilgrim.
Remember that traveling for umrah is a test in itself. You might face some difficulties there let it be related to your travel, accommodation or anything else but don’t complain or compare yourself with others. Be grateful and content with what you’ve been offered.
These are some of the basic things to know about the do’s and don’ts of umrah.