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    The Importance of Umrah

    The end of the Hajj pilgrimage occurred just over a month ago, but this isn’t the only important pilgrimage that Muslims across the world have to undertake. The Umrah is known as the ‘minor pilgrimage’, as it is a pilgrimage that Muslims can take part in at any time of the year, whereas the Hajj is considered to be the ‘major pilgrimage’, as is it one of the Five Pillars of Islam. However, even though it is a ‘minor pilgrimage’, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t incredibly important.

    What Happens in the Umrah?

    According to Islamic Law, also known as Sharia Law, the Umrah involves performing tawaf around the Kaaba, as well as performing sa’i between the two hills that lay in the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca – Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. These acts are also performed in the Hajj pilgrimage, which is why, in the Hajj, this section is said to be the Umrah part of Hajj. After these have been completed, men have to perform a halq, where they have to shave their head completely, and women have to perform a taqsir, where they have to cut an inch or more of their hair.

    Muslim Pilgrims at Miqat

    Special Requirements for Umrah

    When performing the Umrah, and the Hajj, there is one true special requirement; Muslims must assume a sacred and spiritual state known as ihram. Ihram is a state where Muslims have to undergo cleansing rituals and wear the correct attire before they cross the pilgrimage boundary, known as the miqat.

    When Muslims have assumed ihram, there are some restrictions that are associated with it, such as:

    • Men must not tie any knots or wear any stitched items
    • Muslims must not use any scents on the body or on the robes that are provided
    • Women must have their faces uncovered – they are forbidden to wear a burqa or a niqab
    • Gender segregation is forbidden

    Why is Umrah so Important?

    In Islam, the Umrah is the second most sacred event that a Muslim can undertake. The significance of the Umrah is that, when Muslims have assumed the state of ihram – the purpose of which is to ensure that they are completely focused on Allah (SWT) and their spiritual journey has no distractions - they can cleanse their sins between the Umrah that they are present at and another one. This is the reason why Muslims are encouraged to go on more than one Umrah pilgrimage.

    Makkah Kaaba Holy Mosque

    As such, the Umrah pilgrimage is an incredibly spiritual and important event that Muslims should try and complete multiple times in their life. Luckily, at yourtravelshop.com, we are able to provide you with some excellent Umrah packages, whether you want to perform the Umrah pilgrimage in 2016 or even in 2017. If you would like to know more information, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Simply give us a call on 020 8554 7070 and we will be more than happy to help.

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