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What Is Recommended Before Making Intention for Umrah?

Muslim pilgrims consider the Umrah pilgrimage one of the most critical aspects of their lives. Umrah can be performed at any time in the whole year, unlike Hajj, which takes place during the five days from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul Al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Muslim lunar calendar.

Every year, more than 750,000 pilgrims travel to Mecca and Medina to perform the rites of Umrah or Hajj. At least once in a Muslim’s lifetime, it is their dream to see the home of God, the Kaaba. Muslim pilgrims who perform this pilgrimage experience life-changing spiritual transformations. 

As a result, before going to the house of Allah, there are many spiritual and mental preparations you need to make. You can plan your Umrah just by searching online for Umrah package with flights. Below you can find the essential elements to consider while making the intention of Umrah.

1. Seek Forgiveness

The journey of Umrah brings together mind, body, and soul. Islam places a lot of value on it, and as such, it has a lot of personal and social significance, and as a result, there is a lot of excitement and joy among the families of pilgrims. Families, friends, and relatives help those going to Umrah in many ways. Planning their trip, arranging all the essentials they would need, and creating a comforting atmosphere are among the things they do.

Aspirers spend time seeking forgiveness from their neighbours, friends, mentors, and teachers before starting their Umrah journey. Before the pilgrimage, it is an opportunity to end grudges and bid them farewell. When performing Umrah in Makkah, so it is recommended that you make duas for them all.

The following is a famous dua that one can make for their family and friends.

2. Pay Zakat

One of these essential pillars of Islam is Zakat, or charity. When preparing for Umrah, it is necessary to perform all duties expected of you and required of you, the intending pilgrim. 

One of the deeds necessary to perform while intending to spend time at Allah’s house at the Kaaba, Makkah, is to provide food and donations to those in need.

3. Perform Salah and Recite Dua

There are many different reasons people say salah and duas and with many other intentions behind them. 

It is recommended that those going for Umrah pray for their safety during the journey so that they are not injured.

Pilgrims are required to offer two rak’ahs of salah before leaving their homes. Scholars suggest choosing from a few Surahs to ensure pilgrims’ well-being while undertaking and returning from the Umrah pilgrimage.

Make dua after the prayer for a smooth trip, requesting Allah’s blessing, assistance, and protection throughout the journey.

4. Know the Rules of Ihram

There are several simple rules that people can easily violate without thinking about them. For example, when you are in Ihram, you cannot use scented soap, so you should get some unscented soap before leaving. It should be noted that you are not allowed to cover your head with your Ihram (for men). In other words, even if it’s sunny outside, you shouldn’t wrap up that towel to protect yourself from the sun. Secondly, I believe that it is essential that you cover your awrah while you are in Ihram. If you wear it, don’t expose yourself to the sun, insha’Allah.

5. Barber Hygiene

Both men and women observe the custom of cutting hair after Umrah. Don’t just snip off a snip of your hair for men. It’s better to cut your hair, even if you don’t want to shave it. If you decide to shave it (recommended), make sure the barber you visit uses a brand new disposable blade. Saudi Arabia requires it, and most barbers follow this rule, but if you want to be extra careful, ask your barber to open up your blade in front of you. You would not want a blood-borne disease, such as Hepatitis C, to be transmitted to you from the dried blood of a previous customer.  

Don’t expose yourself, and don’t cut your hair at the Kaaba for women.

You should wait until you get back to the hotel before taking off your hijab and cutting your hair. Don’t compromise your modesty if you want to finish your Umrah before the end of the year.

6. Visit the Sites in Madinah

Visiting the sites in the morning between sunrise and Dhuhr prayer is the best time, in my opinion. You can see the location of the battle of Uhud and Masjid Quba, which was the first masjid to be built by the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Don’t forget to pray two rakats in Masjid Quba and reap the reward of Umrah while you’re there, insha’Allah!

7. Talk With People

Ask them where they are from. You will find people from all over the world. There are gathering places for people from all over the globe in Makkah and Madinah. Do you know anyone from Azerbaijan or Mauritius?  

You will learn about the beautiful brotherhood and sisterhood of our great faith.

 

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Phoebe Lambert, an IT graduate of the University of Bolton, is the social media manager. She uses her shrewd capacity to strategically direct you about social media and media management technicalities and details.

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