How to perform Umrah
A complete guide on how to perform Umrah for muslim to plan everything in advance.
Q1. Can we travel to perform Umrah from Dubai?
Ans. Yes, you can visit Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah from Dubai or any emirates of UAE. The Saudi government is now providing Umrah visas to foreign pilgrims from Dubai.
Q2. Is a visitor (holding a visit visa) in U.A.E. eligible to go for Umrah from U.A.E.?
Ans. Yes, as the Saudi embassy has confirmed that they are now issuing Umrah visas to all the people in U.A.E. who are in Dubai on visit visa. Previously the expatriates who actually hold U.A.E. residency can avail umrah visa only.
However, the rules are changed now. You can get Umrah visa in U.A.E. if you are a tourist there on visit visa.
Q3. Is Covid vaccination an essential requirement to perform Umrah?
Ans. No, Covid Vaccination Certificate is now not a vital requirement to perform Umrah. All the age group people can now apply even if they are not vaccinated.
Considering the pandemic this virus has caused, it was necessary to be vaccinated. You needed a certificate issued in any country. However, the conditions are changed now seeing that the pandemic is now completely under control.
Q4. Which COVID-19 vaccines were accepted to perform Umrah?
Ans. During the pandemic, following COVID-19 vaccines were acceptable:
- You need to take two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca.
- You need to take two doses of Sinopharm and a booster dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca.
Q5. How many Umrah packages are available by your company?
Ans. Our company currently offers multiple umrah packages, including Umrah by bus or umrah by air. Furthermore, we can now even issue an Umrah visa only for our customers as well. we also have packages for single ladies who want to perform umrah without a mahram.
Q6. What are the basic requirements to become eligible of getting an Umrah visa?
Ans. The basic things that are required to get an Umrah visa is listed below:
- You should provide a clear scan of your passport. (It should be valid for six months or more and a three month valid U.A.E. resident visa.)
- Your two passport size photos along with a white background.
- An ID card copy of Emirates.
- The processing time for the visa is approximately 3-4 working days.
Q7. How many of Umrah can you perform during a single trip?
Ans. You can perform as much of Umrah as you want during a single visit. There are no specific numbers or limitations to perform Umrah. The choice is completely yours. However, you need to start the second Umrah from a place exterior to Haram area.
Q8. Is wearing perfume permissible during Umrah?
Ans. No, there is a strict guideline that women are not allowed to use perfume while performing Umrah. However, they can use unscented things including creams and lotion while performing Umrah. In order to enter the state of Ihram, they also need to trim their nails.
Q9. What actions are allowed and prohibited for men in Ihram?
Ans. Ihram is a clothing for men with following rules:
- Rida is the part of Ihram that covers the upper half. While wearing it, the left shoulder should be covered every time. However, the right shoulder is uncovered during the Tawaf.
- You do not have to wear any socks, underwear, or any other clothes besides Ihram. Your head should also not be covered.
- You can wear footwear but it must reveal the ankles and toes.
Q10. What are the Duas you can read while performing Umrah?
Ans. Masjid Al Haram is the Holy place where you enter by placing first the right foot and recite the Dua narrated below:
“Bismillahi wal hamdulillahi wassaulatu a’laa rausulillah, Allauhummaghfirlee zunoobee waf tahlee abwaaba rauhmatik”
Q11. Can you perform Umrah for someone else as well if they are unable to come?
Ans. Yes, it is allowed to perform Umrah on behalf of others. However, this matter need a closer look as the permission is usually misunderstood.
Q12. What is the main purpose to perform Umrah?
Ans. There are a few reasons for which Muslims perform Umrah. They are listed below:
- The most beautiful benefit of performing Umrah is that you get to be the guest of benevolent Allah (S.W.T.) himself. You have the magnificent Allah as your host at that place.
- You seek forgiveness from all your sins.
- You seek suppression of poverty.
- The value of Umrah is considered equal to performing Umrah.
- It strengthens and makes your devotion strong.
Q13. What are the saying of Tawaf?
Ans. A pilgrim has to say the following dua while they touch the stone. The meaning of Tawaf is that we say and accept that Allah is the greatest of all. Our Lord; Allah (S.W.T), we have faith in you, we belief in the Holy Quran, and show loyalty to Allah (S.W.T). We agree to the compliance of our beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H).
We say certain Ayahs with the meaning written above. It shows how we submit ourselves to the Lord and attain his blessings.
Q14. How much distance is present between the mountains of Safa and Marwa?
Ans. The estimated distance between these two mountains is approximately 450m or 1,480 ft. So, you take seven rounds back and forth which may become about 3.3 km or 2.2 mi.
Q15. How can you wish a pilgrim who is about to go for Umrah?
Ans. You can say a good and easy dua to a pilgrim in the following way:
“Congratulations as Allah has called you to his house. May you have a blessed journey, Ameen. May this uplift your Iman and become a blessed experience of your life, Ameen.
Q16. Is it allowed to do Tawaf without performing Umrah?
Ans. Yes, you are allowed to do as many Tawaf as you want without Umrah. Thus, It is not a necessity for a person to be performing Umrah for doing Tawaf.
Q17. Is shaving a necessary part of Umrah?
Ans. Yes, you need to cut your hair as mentioned below to complete the pilgrimage.
- Men (halq) must shave off their heads completely. Partial shaving is not allowed for men; it must be done in a proper way.Men can also trim their hair.
- Women (taqsir) must cut the hair at least the length of their fingertips.
This must be done at the end of your Umrah as a final ritual in order to complete the Umrah.
Q18. Why do you shave the head after performing Umrah?
Ans. Men and women need to shave or cut their hairs after completing Umrah. This is done to show a kind of detachment from the possessions of this world and submit yourself to Allah (S.W.T.).
Q19. Is it obligatory to turn bald after Umrah by shaving off the head?
Ans. It is not an obligation; however, shaving is way much better. Allah (S.W.T) has said in Qur’an that at a place that you will enter the Holy Mosque in the security of Allah (S.W.T) with your heads shaved or hairs trimmed without any terror. But it will happen only if Allah wants to. This sows that one must shave off their heads when they come for Umrah.
It was for the time when our Prophet (P.B.U.H.) performed his Umrah with the companions so people are following his footsteps.
Q20. What is the best or appropriate time for performing Umrah?
Ans. Umrah can be performed anytime you want except during the month of Hajj. Furthermore, people consider spring and winter as the best time period for performing Umrah as the temperature is feasible.
Q21. Why do we perform Tawaf?
Ans. We gather for the Tawaf with the intention of collecting the blessings of our Lord, Allah (S.W.T.). Its benefit can be known by the narration of Prophet’s companion Abdullah ibn-Umar. He told the once our Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) had said that about Allah sends about 120 mercies daily. Out of which 60 are of those who are performing Tawaf around the Kaaba.
Q22. What is present in the interior of Kaaba?
Ans. You can find three pillars that provide support to the roof, a large number of gold and silver lamps suspended inside the Kaaba. However, Kaaba is layered with a huge cloth made of black brocade known as “The Kiswah.”
Q23. What is there a Black Stone present in Kaaba?
Ans. The Black Stone is also known as Al-Hajaru Al-Aswad or in Arabic as: ٱلْحَجَرُ ٱلْأَسْوَد
This black stone is basically a set of rock placed at Kaaba’s corner towards the East. The Holy Kaaba is an old architecture which is located in middle of the Mosque in Mecca.
Saudi tourist visa (One-year multiple Entry visa)
Saudi Arabia has opened its doors to visitors from all over the world with its evisa program since September 2019. Visitors can get a multiple-entry visa valid for one year. It will allow them to stay in the country for up to 90 days at once. The visa is relevant to tourism-related activities and Umrah (excluding Hajj season) and excludes other activities such as studying.
Umrah and Its related FAQs
Umrah is a spiritual expedition performed by Muslims to acknowledge Allah (S.W.T.). It is one of the best ways to achieve closeness to their Creator. You could not even imagine the amount blessings you receive for every single moment in the Sacred House of the Creator.
Why perform Umrah?
Umrah is considered a lesser pilgrimage but not an obligation that is compulsory for every Muslim. It is up to the person. If he has sufficient amount to perform Umrah, he must go for it. If you are rich enough to visit Makkah, then you must go to receive Allah’s forgiveness and blessings. Most Muslims take their parents with them in this spiritual way. However, girls need to have a Mahram with them on this journey. You cannot travel alone to perform Umrah and Hajj unless you are above 45.
Every Muslim desire to perform Umrah at least once in their life and visit the Holy Kaaba. Even if you get the tickets, there are many problems and doubt people usually face in this way. Most pilgrims ask one of the most critical questions: How to perform Umrah. It is a series of steps that need to be done, and when you go out, there are certain rituals that everyone performs.
Various sites provide umrah services for the people willing to perform one. If you are a resident of Dubai or planning to perform Umrah by going directly from there, then you can contact the umrah travel agency in Dubai. It is an obliged honor to help people visit the Holy city and perform their prayers. However, we understand that it gets difficult to trust any travel agency with your money.
There is a procedure that follows when choosing a good umrah travel agency. They must give you assurance and have a good record in the past. You just need to find a trustworthy one which may provide everything they promise in their umrah package. Various umrah travel agencies are present that have different umrah packages at different rates. You need to choose the economic one that goes with your budget.
Saifco Travel and Tourism
Saifco is a trustworthy umrah travel company that plans the best umrah tours for you all. We make sure to provide the best urmah packages for our customers. You can even get a customize umrah package according to the hotel you want. All you need is an umrah visa from dubai in order to travel for this purpose.
However, people usually have a lot of questions if it is their first Umrah trip. They don’t know much about how to perform Umrah and what is required for this journey. So, here we are trying to help you answer a maximum of your queries related to Umrah.
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