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  1. Salaam, I had the privilege and honor of going to Umrah a few weeks ago. Having completed my hajj in 2010, it was time to pay Hijaz another visit to pay my respects to the Prophet (saw) and his progeny in Madinah and visit the House of Allah in Makkah. Hopefully the pointers below will help anyone planning on going for Umrah. First, if you haven't been to Saudi before, it is best to go with a registered group. It will make things easier for you because other than following instructions, there shouldn't be much to worry about..Also, if you don't speak arabic or urdu/hindi/bengali, then it would be better to go with a registered group because language can be an issue in some places. Anyway, I decided to go with my family instead of a group. The primary hurdle in going to Saudi is getting a visa. These are things to remember: We had to apply to a local consulate but individual travelers cannot apply on their own. The visa application has to be submitted through an authorized travel agency. Even though the Umrah visa is free, these agencies charge between $175 - $200 per person for visa. Also, note that you can only apply within 30 days of going for umrah. You need to buy non-refundable return tickets before applying. The other mandatory requirement is to get a meningitis vaccination. CVS, Walgreens or RediClinic can do this without a prescription. Without insurance, it will cost between $150-$200. Get the vaccination record from the Pharmacy and submit it with your application. Common sense would dictate that you buy your tickets once visa approval is obtained but not in this case. Visa application usually takes about 1 week to process...might take longer during busy times. Next decision is where to fly in/out from. If you decide to go to Makkah first, you will have to fly into Jeddah. Since Jeddah is inside the meeqat***, you will have to wear your ihram from the point of origin. So we chose to fly into Madinah first. I would recommend either Turkish Airlines or Emirates. We flew Emirates from the US. We had a 5 hour layover in Dubai so we went out of the airport and had a nice dinner. US Citizens do not need a visa for Dubai (UAE).Came back to the airport around 11p for our 105a flight to Medinah. Day One: We arrived in Madinah around 345a, got out of the airport by 445a. Since we were not part of a group, I made arrangements transportation arrangements with or hotel. It took about 30 minutes to get to our hotel right next to Masjid Al-Nabawi (Mosque of the Holy Prophet). We stayed at Hotel Pullman Zamzam Madinah. Fantastic 5* hotel with great rooms and awesome breakfast. The only downside to the hotel is that it is on the opposite end of the Ladies entrance to the mosque so it took the ladies about 15 minutes to walk to the mosque. The hotel did provide a shuttle service for women at regular intervals. After checking-in, we took a quick shower and made our way to the Mosque just in time for Fajr - individual, not jama'ah. After every salah every day, the Saudis open Jana'at Al-Baqi for an hour or so. Much to my surprise, the Saudis were fairly relaxed in letting people get in, recite dua/ziarat albeit quietly and even take pictures. Imam Hasan (as), Imam Sajjad (as), Imam Al-Baqar and Imam Al-Sadiq are buried here. If I am not mistaken, I think Hz Umm-al-baneen is buried where I have drawn the red circle: Went back to our hotel around 7am. We ate breakfast and finally went to bed after a 24 hours journey. We woke up around 3pm and went to the Prophet's mosque for zuhrain. We prayed some other prayers so got back to the hotel around 430p. We rested a bit more and then made our way back to the mosque for maghribain around 7p. Once again, we stayed there for around 2 hours and then had dinner and then back to the hotel. We are recommended to pray full zuhr/asr/isha in Medinah. Day Two: After taking an early night, we headed to the Prophet's mosque around 2am where we prayed salat-e-layl and other prayers. Returned to our hotel just after fajr. Our schedule for the rest of the day was the same as the previous day. However, there are other ziarats in Madinah one can visit: Masjid al-Shams Masjid al-Zul Qibltayn Masjid al-Quba The Saba Saba Masjids Masjid al-Fatah Masjid Salman al-Farsi Masjid al-Ali A.S. Masjid al-Bidi Fatimah Zehra A.S. Ohud – Hazrat Hamza A.S. Day Three: I stayed in the Prophet's mosque from 130am - fajr. I had the honor to pray salat-e-layl in Riyad-al-Jannah (Piece of heaven) - it is adjacent to the Prophet's grave. After salah, I went to Jana'at-al-Baqi for Ziarah al-wida (Farewell ziarah). We rested for a couple of hours, had breakfast and then made preparations to head to Makkah for Umrah. The main thing required is to perform a ghusl with the niyyah (intention) Niyyat: “I am doing Ghusl for the following for wearing Ihram for Umra al-Mufradah Sunnat Qurbatan Ilallah”. You cannot use scented soap when doing this Ghusl. The next step is to wear the ihram. Ihram for men - consists of two pieces of white cloth and for ladies their usual daily wear is their Ihram, but it is highly recommended that it be white as it is the sign of purity. Please not that even though one is wearing the ihram, the niyyah for Ihram is done later. We bought our ihram in Medinah for about $20 (60-75 Saudi Rial). We checked out of our hotel to make our way to masjid-e-Shajarah. I made transportation arrangements while in Medinah. It cost just under $200 for a personal mini-van. We stopped at Ohud for 15-20 minutes for a quick ziarah of Hz Hamzah's grave. Then we made our way to masjid-e-Shajarah. This is a designated point of wearing ihram per sharia. There are 6 other places as well in different parts of Saudi. If you are already wearing ihram, you can take off the top portion and put it on again and make the niyyah (intention): “I am wearing Ihram for Umra al-Mufradah Qurbatan Illallah”. Immediately after making the niyya, recite the talbiya (calling) in arabic: Labbaik, Allahumma Labbaik, Labbaik La Sharika Laka Labbaik, Innal Hamda WanNe’amata Laka Walmuka La Sharika Laka Labbaik This is to be recited as many times as possible until you reach the vicinity of Makkah. After wearing the ihram and reciting talbiya, proceed to the inside of the Mosque and recite 2 rakat salat with the niyyah, "Offering 2 rakat salah for wearing ihram qurbatanillah". Once you adorn the ihram and make the niyyah, there are about 25 things that become haraam upon a person. Once we completed our prayers, we made our way towards Makkah, reciting talbiya as much as we could. One thing to note is that in Shia fiqh, men ar enot allowed to travel under shade during the day while in ihram.so it is advisable to plan your journey such that you arrive in Masjid-e-Shajarah around maghrib. If traveling during hte day, then there is a kafarah (penalty) of 1 sheep. We made a couple of stops on our way to Makkah which was about a 5 hour drive (430km or 250m) Day Three - Arrival in Makkah: We arrived in Makkah around 5pm. Since we had already prayed zuharain en route, we decided to rest a bit in our hotel. We woke up, did ghusl made our way to the Holy Kaaba around 730p. One has to be in wudu (or ghusl) for tawaf. We prayed maghrib and isha and then started our umrah. These are the steps for umrah: 1) Perform tawaf (circumambulation) around the Kaaba 7 times. The niyyah (intention) is: I am going round this Ka’aba seven times for Umra al-Mufradah Qurbatan Ilallah. Since the masjid has several floors, it is important to remember that we can do tawaf on any floor as long as your height is below the top of the kaaba. 2) Upon completion of tawag, recite 2 rakat salat-e-tawaf behind the Maqam-e-Ibrahim (place of Ibrahim) - recited just like fajr I am offering two Rakaat Salaat for Tawaaf of Umra al-Mufradah Qurbatan Ilallah 3) Perform Sa'ae (wudu not necessary). This is where you walk from Safa'a to Marwa 7 times (about 3.5km in total). Niyyah (intention) is: I walk between Safaa and Marwah, seven times for Umra al-Mufradah Qurbatan Ilallah Going from Safa'a --> marwa = 1 Marwa --> Safa'a = 2 Safa'a --> marwa = 3 Marwa --> Safa'a = 4 Safa'a --> marwa = 5 Marwa --> Safa'a = 6 Safa'a --> marwa = 7 So you start at Safa'a and end at Marwa. 4) Once Sa'ae is over, the next step is taqseer (cuting part of mails of hair). Niyyah is: I am performing Taqseer so as to be relieved of Ihram for Umra al-Mufradah QurbatanIlallah It is best to do the 4 steps without too much of a break in between them. At this point, you can take a break and even take of your ihram. 5) Whether you take a break or not, the next step is to perform tawaf-e-Nisa. Everyone has to do this - young/old, man/woman, married/unmarried, etc.). Niyyah is: I am doing Tawaaf-un-Nissa by going round this Ka’aba seven times for Umra al-Mufradah Qurbatan Ilallah 6) Last step is to perform salat tawaf-e-Nisa. Niyyah is: I am offering two Rakaat Salaat for Tawaaf-un-Nissa for Umra al-Mufradah QurbatanIlallah The entire umrah took about 2 - 2.5 hours to complete. This is the completion of the umrah. After completing our umrah, we went back to our hotel, had dinner and went to sleep. Day Four: We went to the Kaaba about 2 hours before fajr to perform Sunnah tawaf (each tawaf is 7 rounds). After each tawaf, reciting salat-e-tawaf is obligatory. You can make the intention of perfomr tawaf for others alive or deceased. This day was spent between our hotel and performing salah+tawaf throughout the day. There are other ziarah to be performed in makkah: Ka’aba Hajr al-Ismail Hajr-ul-Aswad Makaam al-Ibrahim Zam Zam Hills of Safa and Marwa Janatul-Mualla Janab al-Khadijatul Kubra Janab al-Abu Talib Janab al-Abdul Mutalib Hazrat Abdullah Hazrat Amina Bint al-Wahab Masjid al-Jinn Cave of Thawr Cave of Hira Jabal al-Rahmah Muzdhalifa or Ma’shar Munna Masjid al-Kheef - In Munna We were able to perform the green ones above. We also had the opportunity to pray salat in the hateem which is not always open. We were able to touch the kaaba several times including rukn-e-Yemeni (corner from where Hz Fatima bint Assad went inside the kaaba to deliver Hz Ali (as). Pic in hateem under the kaaba Cloth of the kaaba - it is actually pieces of cloth sewn together instead of a very large piece of cloth. Day Five: We performed our final prayers and then checked out of our hotel to go to Jeddah airport. We flew from Jeddah --> Dubai and stayed there overnight, then flew back to the US. Summary: I was pleasantly surprised that the Saudis were pretty lenient this time.People were free to pray and take pictures as they wanted...for the most part. I would recommend taking salah, dua and ziarah information on your phones rather than books. I will also try to upload the guidebook I used for most of the trip. Please let me know if you have any questions. I tried to cover the most important aspects of umrah. Your Personal Guide to Hajj Umrah Ziyarat .pdf
  2. Salam, My husband and I would like to go for Umrah this year. I was wondering if anyone can recommend any shia travel agencies that can help us from the US? I would prefer one in Texas, but open to anywhere in the US. Does anyone know of any shia groups going to Umrah during Ramadan? And is it permissible to do Umrah during Ramadan? We just want to go for a maximum of 3 days, possibly the last 3 days of Ramadan.
  3. Salam, if one has performed umrah, and then in Mekkah he wishes to perform umrah again, can he put on the ihram in the hotel room or does he have to leave the city once again? also how is umrah performed.
  4. many of my shia friends and their families prefer going to ziarat then going to umrah or hajj i asked them why is it so and they replied as it is financially easier to go to ziarat then to umrah or hajj. Can anyone explain this thought?
  5. Muslims believe that Quran is the Book of Allah uncovered to PBUH (Prophet Muhammad) that will proceed positively till fulfillment of the world to guide and direct the entire humanity, independent of country, land mass, nation, era, and region. It is not simply a wellspring of identification and direction for the follower additionally benevolence changing. This conviction requested that Muslims should create a dynamic association with it, consider over its verses, interpret it, got the light of its preaching, a conclusion it genuinely and ought to have satisfied the obligations set on them through this book. However, the instance of Muslims is unusual. They don’t even feel the need of perusing this book with perception. They are pleased only by reading it and trusting in. In the result, their connection with Quran has truly been laid up. The focal region of crucial should have been holding by this book and the Sunnah (customs) of the prophet for Muslims is carried by various identities and their books or that they have actually wound up being free to take after their own choice. This situation is not such that we could basically ignore it. Briefly, yet there is a need to analyze, the reason and dispose of the inabilities to think straight concerning this. Generally, individuals believe that the Quran is in Arabic and they don’t know Arabic, it is not required for them to understand the sense and meaning of the Quran. This reason would have been satisfactory if there were no resources available for comprehension its definition and message. Though, what does this reason describe when each kind of asset to appreciate its importance and message is promptly accessible? In modern times guidance is normal and the new routines for printing have really given enormous assets to distribution and diffusion of learning, thus far, as the Quran is concerned its interpretation is quickly accessible in loads of, and discourse in a very couple of, dialects of the world. At that point, what stays away from us to exploit them? Nowadays everybody must do an effort to make up a great career and future; a college peruses a number of books, studies them inside and out and commits a worthy piece of his life for receiving information. How extreme is his undertaking! Everyone is ready to face these issue for common advantages, yet, to deal the upsides of the hereafter none deals with the exploration of the Quran. By taking in the jargon of Quran or its explanation, the ability to comprehend the Book of Allah can be created and when Quran is presented in the Salat, its implications can be observed and its sweet taste can enhance the worship. When a person receives a letter from his dear ones in a language not known to him, makes another person read it keeping in mind the purpose to appreciate it. Likewise, he couldn’t care less to understand the message conveyed by the Allah for his slaves. So, surely you will go to perform Hajj and Umrah right? Yes, we are here to help out by offering affordable umrah packages usa to make your spiritual journey memorized.
  6. With Ramadan Umrah Packages 2017 UK, the act of Umrah is done to purify the soul from the past sins hence, Umrah can be done more than once in your life. As the prophet says, An Umrah to another Umrah will be done for the expiations of the sins. Performing the Umrah also saves one from being poor as this is done totally for the sake of Allah and pilgrims spend their hard-earned money. Just like Hajj, the performance of Umrah can be counted among the finest deeds one can do. It is believed that Allah adores those who excel in following His teachings and move in life on His paths to please Him alone. In the sacred month of Ramadan, the blessings of conducting Umrah is equal to those who are performing Hajj. On numerous occasions, the holy Prophet told his devout followers that when they perform Umrah in the holy months of Ramadan, it is counted as conducting Hajj. For more information visit this blog: https://umrahpackages2017.wordpress.com/
  7. Salaam, Just a simple question, should I go on the Umrah? The package prices are rather low, and now seems to be a good time. Has any older member gone on the Umrah, I am disabled by the way, so I am a bit concerned about that.
  8. As-salaamun alaykum, Alhamdulillah, I have been blessed to visit the holy lands of Makkah and Madinah for the ziyarah of our six masumeen (a.s) and Umrah mufradah inshallah. As I was looking for short notes on the method of performing Umrah, I came across this one: http://www.islamicbulletin.org/free_downloads/hajj/english/hajj_english_letter_size.pdf I will be really grateful if you could help me by reading this Umrah guide and let me know whether the steps mentioned are according to the shia faith. If not, please provide another Umrah guide which satisfies the shia faith, if available. Also, if you know of any other better 1 - 2 pages Umrah guide, please provide the link. You will be doing me a great favour by helping me out with this. Waiting for some replies. Jazakallah khair.
  9. Salaams, Alhamdulillah, I have been blessed to go for the Umrah spiritual journey during this month. As a matter of fact, I am really concerned about the language barrier as none of my family members can speak Arabic. Is there any mobile phone application (preferably android or iphone) that I can use to translate sentences from English to Arabic? It would be great if this application can work offline. I will be really grateful for any help provided which will smooth-en my journey. Jazakallah
  10. As-salamun Alaykum, My family and I intend to go for the Umrah spiritual journey during the end of June 2014 (including 6 days of mahe-Ramadhan). As the cost of this trip is going out of preplanned budget, I'm really concerned about the additional expenses, excluding accommodation and air fare, that I will have to incur. I will be really grateful if you could help me with some information as follows: - Is the food relatively cheap in Makkah and Madinah? What could be an estimate cost of meals for 10 days for a group of 5 people (not too heavy meals)? - How much would I need to spend on transportation from Madinah to Makkah, and Makkah to Jeddah? By helping me plan my budget, you will be doing me a great favour and inshallah, Allah (s.w.t) will return the favour to you. Jazallah
  11. Salams all I am planning to go for Umrah in a few weeks - pray it is successful, iA. Quick question - where is the meeqat beginning when going from Madina to Makkah? I have been told that it is roughly 8 miles out of Madina, but others have said Masjid Ayesha. Also, how many rakkats must be prayed upon donning Ihram? Hope you can help. Mr. Mehdi
  12. Salaam, Does anyone know of any UK group's going to Umrah during late April or beginning of May and how I could reach out to them... Thank you. Wa-Salaam, Imran
  13. (bismillah) (salam), Let's say person A is a Shi`a Muslim and has his permanent residence somewhere outside Makkah. He needs to visit Makkah for a day for a business meeting (not during Hajj season). He does not have such meetings regularly. He can not extend his stay in Makkah. He doubts he'll be able to perform Umrah al-Mufrada with the short time he has on his hands and can, at best, only find time to perform a few Rakahs of prayer in the Masjid al Haram and perhaps perform a single Tawaf. What does he do? I've heard of 2 options. 1) He must perform Umrah al-Mufrada under any circumstance as it is not permissible for a non-regular visitor to enter Makkah without Ihram. 2) He may enter Makkah without Ihram and may not perform the Umrah, but he can not enter Masjid al Haram. People who say this seem pretty adamant about their position and this is what I hear from people who have (or know someone who has) faced such a situation in the past. From Sayyid Sistani's website: Assuming both the opinions are correct, the only way I see of reconciling the two is that Makkah = Masjid al Haram. That is, when the statement from the website says it's not permissible to enter Makkah without being in the state of Ihram, it doesn't mean the city Makkah but rather the Masjid al Haram. Don't ask me to email my Marja. -_-
  14. Aslam u Aliekum;During the month of the Muhharem in Nov 2011,I sent my mother to Iran,Iraq and Syria for Ziyarats.Unfortunately,tour operator gave very bad services during journey as a result,my family faced a tough and bad time especially in Iraq and Syria. Now,I want to send my brother and mother for Umrah in coming Months.So,if any one knows about any good reliable Momin tour operator company in Lahore then please tell me about it.(if either you or your any family member or any relative has also visited through that compay too). Thanks, Allah Hafiz, Saleem
  15. Assalam alaykom! I am trying to gather some information regarding Umrah logistics when travelling from the USA. I have already gone for Hajj, alHamdolillah and am trying to arrange for a short trip to Makkah only for Umrah. For Hajj, of course, you have to go in a group so all logistics are arranged through them. But for Umrah, I would like to go individually (meaning, not with a caravan / group) and stay at a hotel that is right in front of the haram. (My parents recently stayed at Al Safwah - Royal Orchid? and it was super convenient for them.) Does anyone here have any experience travelling for Umrah on their own and can give any advice? I am a frequent traveller within the US, and so booking hotels, airfare etc is a piece of cake for me. It's the out of country part that has me a bit scared. :) Specifically, I am looking for the following information: 1) I know I have to get Umrah visa through a traveler agent. I went for hajj with Mohajerin, but cannot find any contact info (a U.S. phone #) to ask about their Umrah visa services. Any recommendations for a reliable agent who can get me visas? 2) How much should I expect to pay for processing fees for the Umrah visa (which is free) and what should I expect the travel agent to include in their services assuming I purchase airfare and book my own hotels? (P.S. Will be flying into Jeddah from Dubai to go to Makkah.) 3) What website or other method do you recommend I use to book hotel accomodations? My stay will be for 4-5 days in Mecca only, after which I will fly out of Saudi Arabia from Jeddah. I am thinking of staying at either Hilton Towers or Safwah Royal Orchid (sp?) as they are both really, really, really close to the Haram, but please feel free to recommend another hotel. The hotel must be within 0-3 minutes of walking distance (lol). 4) I am slightly confused about the Meqat situation: Flying in from Jeddah, is my Meqat Masjid Johfa even for Umrah? (My Marja is Ayatollah Sistani.) If Johfa is not my Meqat, then what is? (I am travelling from the US to Jeddah via Dubai) 5) What is the best way to reach the Meqat and then to Makkah and how much should I expect to pay for the fare? Please keep in mind I will be travelling with a disabled adult, so I'm looking for medium-fast to fastest route while not hurting my bank account TOO much. If you've read through this entire post, may Allah bless you and if you're posting a reply to me with helpful information or even with contact info of someone whom I can talk to, may Allah bless you 100x more!!!
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