“Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Makkah – blessed and a guidance for the worlds.” (Surah Aal-e-Imran, Verse 96)

A recent study shows that more than two-thirds of the pilgrims who performed Hajj rituals for the first time could not perform them correctly. Lack of authentic knowledge, well designed knowledgeable books and unfamiliarity with places and ritual terms cause many problems to the pilgrims.

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu) : Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “(The performance of) ‘Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise.” – Bukhari Vol. 3 : No. 1

Being such an important act of worship, we sincerely understand at Rahat Travels how important it is for the prospective pilgrim to find the right kind of package to suit his/her needs. You will find us honest and straight forward in our dealings, always doing our utmost to recommend the package that best suits your requirements and providing accurate descriptions of all the services provided. We place great emphasis on these points and after several memorable and successful Umrah trips, we can honestly say that you will always be met with a friendly and helpful service, reflecting a high degree of professionalism..

Aeroworld Tourism is contracted to some of the largest and most reputable Umrah service providers in Saudi Arabia – with many years experience in providing quality Umrah travel.. We are therefore able to provide a quality and reliable service to all Umrah travellers from the moment they first make contact with us until they return home.

We work hard to select and combine the best accommodation with the highest facilities to formulate a package that offers fantastic value for money. All of the hotels are very close to the Haram. We understand the importance of performing Umrah, and plan to make this highly prestigious trip as convenient as possible for you so that you remain fresh and able to utilise your efforts in the worship of Allah.

 

Fixed Regular Umrah Departures from 9 Cities of India,
Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bangalore,Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Srinagar

Also Umrah Packages available from,
Mangalore, Chennai, Indore, Goa, Bhopal, Calicut, Cochin.

In case of clarification please call us on: +91-9892714523 / 9821106721

 

 

 

 

Rates Valid Till : 15th December 2017

 

 

Available Packages
for 14 Days Umrah

 

Quint 

(5 in a Room)

 

Quad

 (4 in a Room)

 

Triple 

(3 in a Room)

 

Double 

(2 in a Room)

BASIC

(01 Oct – 31 Oct)

(01 Jan – 15 Apr)

 

44,786/-

 

48,786/-

 

50,786/-

 

54,786/-

BASIC

(01 Nov – 31 Dec)

 

 

45,786/-

 

49,786/-

 

51,786/-

 

55,786/-

Economy

(01 Oct – 31 Oct)

(01 Jan – 15 Apr)

 

57,786/-

 

59,786/-

 

62,786/-

 

66,786/-

Economy

 (01 Nov – 31 Dec)

 

 

60,786/-

 

63,786/-

 

65,786/-

 

69,786/-

Semi Deluxe

(01 Oct – 31 Oct)

(01 Jan – 15 Apr)

 

60,786/-

 

63,786/-

 

65,786/-

 

69,786/-

Deluxe

 (01 Oct – 31 Oct)

(01 Jan – 15 Apr)

 

65,786/-

 

68,786/-

 

71,786/-

 

80,786/-

Deluxe

 (01 Nov – 31 Dec)

 

 

68,786/-

 

71,786/-

 

78,786/-

 

90,786/-

Executive

(01 Oct – 31 Oct)

(01 Jan – 15 Apr)

 

XX

 

78,786/-

 

84,786/-

 

95,786/-

Executive

 (01 Nov – 31 Dec)

 

 

XX

 

85,786/-

 

91,786/-

 

101,786/-

 

:: IMPORTANT NOTE ::
Airport Reporting : 4 Hours before Departure.
Mumbai Airport : Please Report at Terminal : 2, Gate No : 4.
Delhi Airport : Please Report at Terminal : 3, Gate No : 7.NOTE :: SUBEJECT TO VISA AVAILABILITY BY SAUDI AUTHORITIES.

Group Departure Dates
Mumbai
FLIGHT DETAILS
Oct :: 16 (Gulf), 16 (SV), 21 (Gulf), 29 (Gulf)
Nov :: 1, 1 
(Gulf), 08, 10, 18 (Gulf), 18, 21, 22, 26 (Gulf), 26 (FlyDubai),
28 
(Del – Mad), 29 (Del – Mad)
Dec :: 6, 13, 20, 26 
(Gulf), 27.
January :: 6,13, 20, 27
February :: 3,10,17 ,24
March :: 3,10,17, 24, 31
April :: 7,14 ,21, 28
May :: 9 (Rtn After 20 Days), 17 – (Rtn After 30 Days), 26 (Rtn After 20 Days)
Hyderabad 
FLIGHT DETAILS
November :: 24
December :: 23
January :: 27
February :: 24
March :: 24
April :: 21
May :: 9 (Rtn after 20 days),17 (Rtn after 30 days), 26 (Rtn after 20 days).
Ahmedabad
FLIGHT DETAILS
November :: 24
December :: 23
January :: 28
February :: 24
March :: 24
April :: 21
May :: 9 (Rtn after 20 days),17 (Rtn after 30 days), 26 (Rtn after 20 days).
Srinagar
FLIGHT DETAILS
Oct 19, Nov :: 04, 18, 19, 23 Dec :: 23.
Above dates are tentative and a + or – of 2 to 3 days is possible.

Important Islamic Dates of Upcoming Islamic Year – 1439

Thursday 30th Nov. 2017 12th Rabiulawwal Barvin
Friday 13th April 2018 27th Rajab Shab-E-Mehraj
Monday 30th April 2018 14th Shaaban Shab-E-Barat
Sunday 10th June 2018 26th Ramzan Shabbe-E-Qadr
Wednesday 16th May. 2018 01st Ramzan Ramadan Begins
Friday 15th Jun. 2018 01st Shawwal Eid Al Fitr
Monday 20th Aug. 2018 9th Zil Hijja Arafat (Haj) Day
Tuesday 21st Aug. 2018 10th Zil Hijja Eid Al Adha (Bakra Eid)

*All Dates are approximate and can change 2 or 3 days as per Moon Sightings.

-:: Important Note for Hotels and Inclusion ::-
Executive Packages :: will have 5 Star Hotels in Makkah 100 Mtrs & 3* Hotel in Madina 100 Mtrs.
Includes :: Ticket, Visa, Hotels, Food, Laundry, Zamzam, Transfers, Ziayrats, Welcome Kits.

Please Note : From 20th DEC to 5th JAN – 5 Star Hotels will not be available in Executive so Anwar Deaafa will be given.Deluxe Packages :: will have 3 Star Hotels in Makkah 450 – 550 Mtrs & Madina 150 Mtrs.
Includes :: Ticket, Visa, Hotels, Food, Laundry, Zamzam, Transfers, Ziayrats, Welcome Kits.Semi Deluxe :: Groups will have 3-2 Star Hotels in Makkah 650 – 750 Mtrs & Madina 250 Mtrs
Includes :: Ticket, Visa, Hotels, Food, Laundry, Zamzam, Transfers, Ziayrats, Welcome Kits
.Economy :: will have Standard Hotels in Makkah 900 – 1200 Mtrs & Madina 500 – 600 Mtrs
Includes :: 
Ticket (Via Flight), Visa, Hotels, Food, Zamzam, Transfers, Welcome Kits.

Basic :: will have Standard Hotels in Makkah 1200 – 1500 Mtrs & Madina 500 – 600 Mtrs
Includes ::
 Ticket (Via Flight), Visa, Hotels, Transfers.

Imporatnt Note 
– Departures Dates are Not Confirmed in Basic & Economy Package,
– Dates will be announced 21 Days before Departure for Basic & Economy Pacakges
– Their is No Chil Fare in Basic an Economy Packages. Everybody pays Adult Price

ALL TOURS ARE SUBJECT TO VISA AVAILABILITY BY SAUDI GOVERNMENT.
* Those who have done umrah during Current or Previous Islamic year are liable to pay
2000 SAR in addition as repetition fees.

Flights from Nagpur. Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kolkatta, Bangalore, Srinagar can be Via Flights.
Please Note All RAHAT Groups are 14-15 Days Unless Explicitly Mentioned.

SAUDI SIMCARD IS NOT AVAILABLE and IS NOT GIVEN COMPLIMENTARY.
Economy Hotels May have Common Bathrooms and VIA Flights and No Laundry facility.

If case of any other Embarkation point Air Fare Difference has to be paid.
To know the difference pls call on 022 49226705 / 49226706
.

Saudi Riyal is considered to be 17.50/-,
Any Increase in Ticket, Umrah Visa or Forex will have to be
borne by the client and paid before departure
….

 

BOOKING POLICY
(Same for Deluxe and Economy Packages)
  • Pay 50% Advance per person to Book your Umrah tour.
  • Balance amount to be paid 21 days before departure or the booking will get cancelled without informing.
  • Book with Cash or Cheque favoring “AeroWorld Tours & Travels”.
  • If your booking is routed through our Representatives or Your Travel Agent the tour cost will remain the same as applicable and your booking amount should be in the form of Demand Draft or Cheque only favoring the company if at all you need to pay by cash then the payment should reach our head office at Mumbai only against our official receipt. If you don’t follow the above mentioned payment policy and procedure, the company shall not be responsible for the payment.Please keep the Head Office informed about all dealings with the agent regarding your package type and total amount paid and all other details. Email @ info@aeroworldtourism.com all converstaion details with agents to safegaurd your interest.
  • Scan copies of the passports can be emailed info@aeroworldtourism.com and Money can be deposited in our Bank Accounts mentioned Online. Please mention your Name and Contact Details clearly in the Email while sending Passport Scan Copies.
  • In case of any clarification please do call on +91 9892714523.
  • If any Haji who has performed Umrah in Same year Hijri Calendar) will be counted as Repeater and SAR 2000/- fees will be applicable.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY
(Same for All Packages)
The following cancellation charges would apply per person if booking is cancelled as per schedule below.

  • 10,000/- per person is NON REFUNDABLE.
  • 50% of the tour cost if cancelled between 15 to 30 days before departure.
  • NO REFUND if cancelled within 15 days of departure.
  • Date Change Penalty 5000/- per person if made between 15 to 30 days before departure or else the above cancellations shall apply.

 

Terms & Conditions :

  • Room Allottment will be as per Our Arrangements.
  • Welcome Kits & Passports have to be picked from our Head Office in Mumbai or Delhi.
  • If you want us to courier them you will have to pay Courier Charges Extra. (Applicable for AGENTS also)
  • Umrah cost does not include any personal Expenses during Travel.
  • Tour Dates, Itenary & Prices are subject to change as per Flight and Hotel availability without prior notice.
  • Everyone carries his own baggage hence please travel light. Excess baggage fees to be paid by Haji.
  • Food will not be provided on Airports & During Intercity Transfers.
  • Fixed timings has to be followed strictly for Ziyarats & Food.
  • Diabetic patients and Other Pilgrim who require special meals to please arrange for their own food.
  • Infants & Child without Bed will Not be given ZamZam Cans and Welcome Kits
  • TowelsBuckets Tumblers are not provided in any of the Hotels in Makkah and Madina.
  • We are not responsible for Loss or Theft of passports or luggages at Airports.
  • Pilgrims requiring Wheelchair please carry their own wheelchair.
  • We will not be responsible for any Delay, Rejection or Mistake in Umrah Visa from Saudi Ambassy.
  • In all cases Visa Mofa Fees is Non Refundable.
  • Subject to BTQ (Basic Travel Quota) passengers only.
  • Subject to Mumbai Jurisdiction only.

Welcome Kit Includes :
– 2 Bags – One Big Bag, One Small Bag,

Important Note : 
Welcome Kit 
is free and has to be picked from Mumbai or Delhi Head Office.
Umrah Kit is paid Kit containing more than 30 Items and has to be purchased from head office.
If you want us to courier you will have to bear the courier charges.

New Laws of Umrah 1439 H

  • Indian Passport with Minimum 6 month validity.
  • Two Blank Pages are a must.
  • 2 photograph size 6 cm by 4 cm  – White  back ground.
  • As per the notice of the Royal Consulate General Of Saudi Arabia, Mumbai the procedure duration of endorsement of Umrah visa will take 6-7 working days.

Terms and Conditions for Umrah Visa.

  • Single Male must be above 40 years of age.
  • Below 40 years males and females should be accompanied by Mehram and family relationship must be proved on the passports or either by any original document for example Nikahnama, Additional passport etc…
  • Male Child below 17 years should be accompanied with a Male Mehram and Child above 17 years should be accompanied by Female Mehram.
  • Ladies cannot travel Alone without a Mehram.

Important Advice (MUST READ) :

  • Please Arrange for your FOREX before hand. Officically you can carry only 10000 Indian Rupees outside the country, Hence you have to convert your Indian Rupees to Saudi Riyals before reaching the Airport as doing it on last minute at the Airport will be very expensive.
  • Please be prepared for Long waiting hours at Jeddah Airport and Hajj terminal it might take 4-5 Hours to clear Immigration at times also it might take time for the Busses to arrive due to heavy traffic so please carry few snacks with you in handcarry.
  • Please carry an Extra set of Ehram and 3-4 Sets of Slippers.
  • Keep your Money safe, Do not carry excess money for Umrah or Tawaaf.
  • Ladies are adviced Not to wear Heavy Gold Jewellery during visit to Haram.
  • Instead of Mineral water try to DRINK only ZamZam while in Makkah and Madina.
    Its Free and its the Best Available Water on planet Earth.
  • You can fill small bottles with ZamZam while going for every Namaz.
  • Read Books on Hajj and Umrah Before travelling.
  • Carry a extra Three pin, Two pin Adapter for Mobile & Laptop Recharges.
  • Choose your Luggage carefully. Select Bags with WHEELS as you may need to walk at times with luggage
  • Meet your Relatives and Friends before going.
  • Please carry your own TOWELS and HANDKERCHIEFS.
  • TOWELSBUCKETS and TUMBLERS are not provided in any HOTELS in MAKKAH And MADINA.

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UMRAH PACKAGES:: Ex. Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur & Jaipur

For Land Package Without Ticket Please Deduct 30,000/- Rs from Above Packages…
GST 5% is NOT included in above Package and has to be paid
extra…


CHILD POLICY – Mum, Del, Nag, Jai

Without Bed (2 to 4 years age) 46,786/-
Without Bed (5 to 12 years age) 48,786/-
With Bed Same as Adult
Infant child (Upto 2 years age) fare is 16,786/-

MUST READ – ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT UMRAH

Umrah is a great Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). It is an act of worship somewhat similar to Hajj, but with lesser rites and shorter duration.

Let us devote some time here to learn about the details associated with this great act of Ibadah. We shall classify our discussion here broadly into three categories: Significance & virtues of UmrahEligibility criteria, and How & when to perform Umrah.

A. Significance & virtues of Umrah

There are different views about whether Umrah is obligatory or not. I wish to quote a hadith in this context:

Jabir (RA) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) was asked about whether Umrah was obligatory? He said, “No. But if you perform it, it is virtuous.”

(Hadith No. 931, Chapters on Hajj, Jami’ At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 2).

Some scholars who are of the view that Umrah is obligatory consider this hadith as a weak narration, classifying it as a ‘Daeef’ hadith. However, Imam Tirmidhi classifies this narration as ‘Hasan Sahih’ (i.e. fairly authentic).

Imam Shafi’s view is that Umrah is a Sunnah about which we do not know anyone who permitted leaving it, and there is nothing confirmed about it that it is merely voluntary and optional. He further says that Ibn Abbas (RA) considered it obligatory.

Some scholars highlight the importance of Umrah in another manner. According to them, Hajj is of two types: the ‘Greater Hajj’ (Hajj-al-Akbar) i.e. the Hajj (of the month of Dhul Hijjah), and the ‘Lesser/Smaller Hajj’ (Hajj-al-Asghar) i.e. the Umrah.

Whichever view point we stick to, there is no denying the fact that Umrah is a great Sunnah and whoever is capable of undertaking the journey for this pilgrimage should do it.

We have already talked about virtues of Umrah above and that it is a great Sunnah recommended by our beloved Prophet (PBUH), though not a farz. Let us learn some more facts which highlight on the significance of performing Umrah.

A.1. Umrah is an expiation of sins.

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “From one Umrah to another is expiation for what comes in between, and ‘Hajj Al-Mabrur’ brings no reward less than Paradise.”

(Hadith No. 2630, Book of The Rites of Hajj, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Vol. 3; Hadith No. 2888, Chapters on Hajj, Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 4).

This narration highlights the virtues of performing Umrah, as doing one Umrah after another removes all the sins of a person during that period.

A.2. Umrah removes poverty.

This is proven from following narration:

Ibn Abbas (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “Perform Hajj and Umrah consecutively; for they remove poverty and sin as bellows removes impurity from iron.”

(Hadith No. 2631, Book of The Rites of Hajj, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Vol. 3).

Performing Hajj and Umrah consecutively doesn’t mean that one should keep doing them continuously; rather, it refers to making Hajj sometimes and making Umrah sometimes.

A.3. Umrah is equivalent to Jihad for some.

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (RA) that Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “Jihad of the elderly, the young, the weak and the women, is Hajj and Umrah.”

(Hadith No. 2627, Book of The Rites of Hajj, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Vol. 3).

Thus we see that whoever is not capable of joining Jihad for the sake of Allah, may still reap the rewards associated with Jihad by performing Hajj & Umrah.

A.4. The person performing Umrah is a guest of (or a delegation to) Allah.

Refer to following hadith:

Abu Hurairah (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “The guests of Allah are three: The Ghazi (i.e. the warrior who fights in Jihad), the Hajj (i.e. the pilgrim who performs Hajj) and the Mu’tamir (i.e. the pilgrim performing Umrah).”

(Hadith No. 2626, Book of The Rites of Hajj, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Vol. 3).

This is a great honour for the pilgrims, as their journey is purely for the sake of Allah. Another beautiful explanation regarding the honour and high status of the pilgrims is reported by Imam Ibn Majah:

It was narrated from Ibn Umar (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “The one who fights in the cause of Allah, and the pilgrim(s) performing Hajj and Umrah are a delegation to Allah. He invited them, so they responded to Him, and they ask Him and He gives to them.”

(Hadith No. 2893, Chapters on Hajj Rituals, Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 4).

This narration tells us that the status of these three categories of persons is so high that Allah accepts their supplications. In another narration (Hadith No. 2892, Chapters on Hajj Rituals, Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 4) it is mentioned on the authority of Abu Hurairah (RA) that if they (these three categories of people) ask Allah for His forgiveness, He will forgive them.

What a great honour indeed!

B. Eligibility criteria

وَلِلَّهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنْ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلاً وَمَنْ كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ عَنْ الْعَالَمِينَ

“And Hajj to the House (Ka’bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, for those who are able to undertake the journey. And whoever disbelieves, then Allah stands not in need of any of the Alamin.”

(Aayah No. 97, Surah Aal Imran, Chapter No. 3, Holy Qur’an).

Referring to the verse mentioned above: “And Hajj to the House (Ka’bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, for those who are able to undertake the journey”, an obvious question comes to our minds: What is the criterion of being able to undertake the journey?

Let us discuss these conditions briefly, one-by-one:

B.1. The first condition for a person is that he/she should be able to meet the financial expenses of his/her journey. Umrah is performed in Makkah and this requires expenses of journey, provisions and other miscellaneous things. Whoever is financially weak will not be able to bear these expenses and hence such a person is exempted from the obligation of performing Umrah.

B.2. The second condition for a person is that he/she should be physically fit and able to undertake a journey.This is yet another important requirement, for the journey may bring the pilgrim across some ups and downs (difficulties) which extremely old and sick persons may not be able to handle alone. Therefore, one has to be physically stable (well) in order to undertake the journey. However, such old people may undertake the journey along with some young persons (like their sons etc.) who can take care of them during the journey.

B.3. The third condition for a person is that he/she should be free of debts. If he/she has borrowed money from someone earlier, then he/she should pay off the debts before proceeding for the journey. Umrah can’t be done by borrowed money. However, if someone willingly sponsors a person financially, then he/she may do so.

B.4. The fourth condition is that one should use Halal wealth. This is very important, as Allah is pure and He accepts only what is pure.

B.5. Additional condition for women – All the conditions discussed above are applicable to both men and women. However, there is a special condition applicable for women who intend to perform Umrah. And this condition is that a woman cannot perform Umrah without a Mahram. Refer to following narration:

It was narrated from Abdullah bin Umar (RA) that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the ‘Last Day’ to travel for a distance of three nights, unless she has a Mahram with her.”

(Hadith No. 3260 (1338), Book of Hajj, Sahih Muslim, Vol. 3).

Mahram is any person from opposite gender whom she cannot marry i.e. husband, father, brother, son, Maternal Uncle, Paternal Uncle, Brother’s son or Sister’s son. Therefore, if a woman does not have a Mahram with her, she cannot proceed for Umrah, even if she is healthy and able to meet the expenses of the journey.

C. When is Umrah performed?

C.1. Is there a specified time during a year to perform Umrah?

There is no fixed time to perform Umrah; it can be performed any time throughout the year. Further, Umrah can be performed at any time of the day or night; there is no restriction to it. Umrah can even be performed along with Hajj, as is done in Hajj-e-Tamattu and Hajj-e-Qiran.

C.2. Umrah in the month of Ramadan

Performing Umrah in the month of Ramadan bears an additional reward for the pilgrim. As per following hadith, the reward of performing Umrah in the month of Ramadan is equivalent to the reward of Hajj:

Umm Ma’qid narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Umrah during Ramadan is equal to Hajj.”

(Hadith No. 939, Chapters on Hajj, Jami’ At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 2).

However, one should be careful that performing Umrah in Ramadan shall bring a reward equal Hajj to him/her, but that does not relieve the person from the obligation of performing Hajj; performing Hajj once in a lifetime is a farz which can’t be compensated for by an Umrah in Ramadan.

C.3. How many times in a life should a person perform Umrah?

There is no restriction about how many times can a person perform Umrah in his/her life. He/She is free to perform Umrah as many times as he/she can afford to. However, there are certain things to be kept in mind in this context.

It is better for us to follow the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (PBUH). So it should be ideal for a person to perform Umrah as many times as the Prophet (PBUH) had performed. Refer to following hadith:

Qatadah narrated: I said to Anas bin Malik, “How many times did the Prophet (PBUH) perform Hajj?” He said, “He performed one Hajj, and he performed four Umrah: An Umrah during Dhul Qa’dah, the Umrah of Al-Hudaibiyah, and Umrah with his Hajj, and an Umrah from Al-Ji’irranah when he divided up the war spoils of Hunain.”

(Hadith No. 815, Chapters on Hajj, Jami’ At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 2).

Therefore, the ideal scenario is performing Umrah four times in lifetime, similar to what our Prophet (PBUH) did. However, this does not restricts anyone from performing Umrah more than four times. Also, if someone ends up doing less than four Umrah in his/her life, this doesn’t mean he/she has committed a sin.

D. How is Umrah performed?

Jabir (RA) said, “The Prophet (PBUH) ordered his companions to perform Umrah and to perform the Tawaf (of Ka’bah, As-Safa & Al-Marwa), and then cut short their hair and finish the Ihram.”

(Chapter 11, Book of Al-Umrah, Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 3).

This hadith acts as a guideline for the steps of performing Umrah; omission of any of these steps is not allowed. On the basis of this narration (along with other ahadith), the procedure of performing Umrah, step-by-step, as agreed by all scholars unanimously, is as follows:

D.1. Entering the state of Ihram (Step 1)

Ihram is first of the rites of Umrah; it is one of the pillars of Umrah, and whoever neglects this, his/her Umrah is not complete.

Ihram means the intention to enter the state of consecration for Umrah (and/or Hajj). The word ‘consecration’ means to set aside something or someone as sacred, or to put aside something or someone devoted to a certain cause. The one who enters the state of Ihram is known as ‘Muhrim’.

When someone intending to perform Umrah (or Hajj) reaches the ‘Meeqat’, he/she then enters the state of Ihram. ‘Mawaqeet’ (plural of ‘Meeqat’) are the stations for initializing the Ihram. There are certain points in the vicinity of Makkah, for travellers coming from different directions, which have been defined as ‘Meeqat’. This appointment was done by our beloved Prophet (PBUH). It is obligatory for everyone intending to perform Umrah (or Hajj) that he/she assumes Ihram before entering Makkah beyond these points (the ‘Mawaqeet’); anyone who passes these points knowingly without Ihram must return back to the ‘Meeqat’ for Ihram, otherwise the violation requires a Fidyah i.e. slaughter of a sheep in Makkah (for distribution to the poor).

At this step, the pilgrim pronounces his/her Niyyah for performing Umrah; the Niyyah to be pronounced for Umrah is: Labbaik for Umrah.

After this, the pilgrims may start reciting ‘Talbiyah’, thereby announcing that he/she is now in state of Ihram. The wordings of ‘Talbiyah’ are mentioned in following narration:

Ibn Umar (RA) narrated, “The Prophet (PBUH) would say following for ‘Talbiyah’: Labbaik Allahumma labbaik; labbaik la sharika laka labbaik; Innal-hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal-mulk, la sharika laka.”

(Hadith No. 825, Chapters on Hajj, Jami’ At-Tirmidhi, Vol. 2).

There are lots of rulings, requirements and do’s & don’t(s) associated with Ihram, ‘Mawaqeet’ and ‘Talbiyah’. We have already discussed about these rulings in detail in a separate article titled ‘Ihram‘; the article is available at www.quranandhadith.com, and may be referred to for all details.

D.2. Tawaf (Step 2)

Having completed the requirements of assuming Ihram and pronouncing the Niyyah to perform Umrah, the pilgrim, upon reaching Makkah, goes to ‘Masjid Al-Haram’ to perform other rites of Umrah. It starts with Tawaf of the Ka’bah.

Tawaf means circumambulation of the Ka’bah, done in seven rounds around the Ka’bah in anti-clockwise direction i.e. keeping Ka’bah to one’s left. The round starts from the corner of ‘Black Stone’ and ends at the same corner. After completion of seven rounds around the House, one should perform two raka’at prayer near ‘Maqam-e-Ibrahim’; the stone (or place) on which Ibrahim (AS) stood while constructing the Ka’bah is called ‘Maqam-e-Ibrahim’. Though it is recommended to pray near ‘Maqam-e-Ibrahim’ for Tawaf, yet, if due to crowds etc. one is unable to get place near ‘Maqam-e-Ibrahim’, he/she can pray anywhere inside the sacred mosque.

D.3. Sa’ee (Step 3)

After completion of Tawaf, the pilgrim goes to perform Sa’ee, which is the next rite of Umrah. Sa’ee refers to going to and fro between the two mountains of As-Safa and Al-Marwa; these mountains are located near the Ka’bah.

D.4. Cutting the hair (Step 4)

After completion of the Sa’ee, the pilgrim cuts his/her hair. There are certain rulings associated with cutting of hair as a rite of Umrah.

D.4.1. A male pilgrim can either shave or cut his hair. This is proven from following narration:

It was narrated from Nafi that Abdullah said, “Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) shaved his head, as did a number of his companions, and some of them cut their hair.” Abdullah said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “May Allah have mercy on those who shaved their heads, once or twice, then he said – And those who cut their hair.”

(Hadith No. 3144 (1301), Book of Hajj, Sahih Muslim, Vol. 3).

However, there is something more to add to this ruling; refer to the narration quoted below:

It was narrated from Yahya bin Al-Hussain from his grandmother that she heard the Prophet (PBUH) during the Farewell Pilgrimage supplicate for those who shaved their heads three times, and for those who cut their hair once.”

(Hadith No. 3150 (1303), Book of Hajj, Sahih Muslim, Vol. 3).

Therefore, shaving the head is more preferred and recommended for male pilgrims. The Prophet (PBUH) himself shaved his head, and he supplicated more for people who shaved their heads. This tells us that the Prophet (PBUH) preferred shaving over cutting the hair.

D.4.2. A female pilgrim can not shave her head; she should only cut her hair. This is proven from following narration:

It was reported from Umm Uthman bint Abi Sufyan that Ibn Abbas (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “Women should not shave; rather, they are only required to trim (their hair).”

(Ahadith No’s 1984 & 1985, Book of the Rites of Hajj & Umrah, Sunan Abu Dawud, Vol. 2).

Therefore, a woman cuts from her hair a length of what is equal to the width of a finger.

With this, the rites of Umrah are completed, and the pilgrim can finish his/her Ihram. All the restrictions of Ihram are no more applicable after this.

Concluding remarks

Dear brothers and sisters, Umrah should be done with sole intention of performing it for the sake of Allah; it should not be for worldly praise or to be seen by the people or to gain worldly profits. It is an obligation upon all Muslims (who can afford it), and one should not avoid it.

I wish to emphasize one more thing in this context. Some pilgrims tend to perform as many Umrah as possible in their single stay at Makkah. One should remember that it is not mere completion of rituals that defines the completion of Umrah; rather, it is the whole journey that a pilgrim undertakes and tackles all the hardships and performs the Ibadah in the way of Allah. Therefore, instead of performing numbers and numbers of Umrah in a single stay at Makkah, it is always better to perform one Umrah at a time (i.e. in a single journey), and undertake another journey next time to perform another Umrah. This, then, will give the pilgrim a true understanding of what it means to undertake the journey to the House of Allah. This will give a totally different and real dimension to his/her Ibadah during the pilgrimage.

Another word of advice for Muslims who perform Umrah many times in their life and are still capable of undertaking more journeys to the House of Allah: To provide an equal opportunity to all Muslims round the world, such persons can opt for a different strategy to reap the rewards of Umrah. There are so many poor people who do not have money to perform Umrah, and they die with their hope and wish of going for Umrah (and/or Hajj) buried in their hearts. People whom Allah has blessed with wealth should take it as their responsibility to sponsor such poor people to perform Umrah (and/or Hajj); they should provide them the money, the knowledge and all the possible means helpful to them in performing Umrah (and/or Hajj). Insha’Allah, they shall be rewarded by Allah.

And Allah knows best.

May Allah forgive me if I am wrong and guide us to the right path…Ameen.