Umrah FAQs. Some useful questions and answers for you.
Q.Can we go for Umrah from Dubai?
A.Yes, Saudi Arabia is currently issuing Umrah visas to the foreign pilgrims wishing to perform the Umrah, including residents from the UAE.
Q.Can a visitor (having a visit visa) in UAE go for Umrah from UAE?
A.The Saudi Embassy has confirmed that no more Haj or Umrah visas will be issued to a person who is on a visit visa in the UAE. Expatriates who are residents of the UAE can get an umrah visa only.
Q.Is Covid vaccination required for Umrah?
A.Yes Covid Vaccination Certificate( issued in any country) is required and acceptable. In addition, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that the following regulations will be applied: only pilgrims under 65 years of age who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using vaccines approved by the Saudi Ministry of Health will be able to perform Hajj / Umrah.
Q.what is the acceptable covid vaccines?
A.Accepted Covid Vaccines : 2 Doses of (Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca) or 2 Doses of Sinopharm + 1 Booster dose of (Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca).
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Q.What are the main requirements in order to get an Umrah visa?
A.Below are the main requirements to get an Umrah visa.
- Clear Scans of passport (Passport should be valid for more than 6 months & UAE Residence Visa Should be valid for 3 months).
- 2 Passport size photos with white background.
- Emirates ID card Copy.
- Vaccination Certificate ( issued in any country is acceptable).
- Accepted Covid Vaccines : 2 Doses of (Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca) or 2 Doses of Sinopharm + 1 Booster dose of (Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca).
- Processing Time ( Approx. 3-4 working days ).
Q.How many times can you do Umrah in one trip?
A.Yes, it is perfectly permissible for anyone who comes to Makkah for the Umrah to perform more than one Umrah on the same journey. However, he must start his second Umrah from a point outside the Haram area.
Q.Can I wear perfume in Umrah?
A.Guidelines for women performing Umrah
Women cannot wear perfume while performing Umrah. If necessary, women can use unscented creams and lotions while performing the pilgrimage. Women must clip or trim their nails before entering the state of Ihram.
Q.Do and don’ts in Ihram?
A.Ihram clothing for men
The top half, the rida, covers the left shoulder at all times. The right shoulder should be exposed while performing the tawaf. Don’t wear underwear, socks or any other clothes, and don’t cover your head. Wear footwear that reveals the ankles and toes.
Q.What DUAS to read during Umrah?
A.While you enter Masjid Al-Haram to perform Umrah place your right foot first and recite the following dua: Dua: Bismillahi wal hamdulillahi wassaulatu a’laa rausulillah, Allauhummaghfirlee zunoobee waf tahlee abwaaba rauhmatik.
Q.Can I perform Umrah on behalf of others?
A.Offering Umrah on behalf of someone else is permissible. However, we need to look at this very closely, because this permission is sometimes misunderstood.
Q.What is the purpose of Umrah?
A.Below are the benefits of umrah.
- Have the almighty Allah as the host. Perhaps the most exciting benefit of Umrah is the blessing of being the guest of the benevolent Allah himself. …
- Forgiveness from all sins. …
- Eradication of poverty. …
- Equivalent to performing Jihad. …
- Strengthen the devotion.
Q.What do you say during Tawaf?
A.When touching the Stone, a pilgrim should say the following: “In the name of Allah, Allah is the greatest. Oh, Allah, with faith in you, belief in Your book, loyalty to you, compliance to the way of your Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).”
Q.What is the distance between Safa and Marwa?
A.The distance between Safa and Marwa is approximately 450 m (1,480 ft), therefore, seven trips back and forth amount to roughly 3.6 km (2.2 mi).
Q.What can you say to a pilgrim before going on Umrah?
You can say this to the person who is going on an Umrah: “Congratulations on your Umrah, May your journey to the Holy Land will always be blessed by God. Ameen. May Allaah make this an Imaan lifting experience for you, Ameen.
Q.Can you do Tawaf without Umrah?
A.Yes you can do as many Tawaf as you want. In other words, it is not necessary that a person should be on a pilgrimage or an Umrah in order to do the tawaf.
Q.Do you have to shave before Umrah?
A.To complete the pilgrimage of Umrah, one has to cut their hair as per the methods stated for men (halq) and women (taqsir) differently. Men should get their heads shaved, while women should get their hair cut short to the length of fingertips at the end of the umrah as this is the final ritual of the umrah. After shaving or cutting hair your umrah will be considered complete. As per halq, partial shaving of the head is not valid.
Q.What is the benefit of shaving the head after Umrah?
A.The act of cutting hair after Umrah signifies the detachment from the worldly possession and submitting to the almighty Allah.
Q.Is it compulsory to go bald ( shaving head ) after Umrah?
A.It is not Compulsory, However, shaving is much better. God says in the Qur’an: “you shall enter the Sacred Mosque, if God so wills, in full security, with your heads shaved or your hair cut short, without fear.” (48: 27) This applies to the time when the Prophet (peace be upon him) did his Umrah with a very large number of his companions.
Q.What is the best time to do Umrah?
A.You can perform umrah in any time of the year except HAJ season. However the best time for umrah is considered as the spring season and winters when the temperature is not high.
Q.What is the benefit of Tawaf?
A.Abdullah ibn Umar narrates: The Prophet ﷺ said: ‘120 mercies descend daily upon the House of Allah, 60 of which are for those who are performing Tawaf, 40 for those who are performing Salah, and 20 for those who gaze at the House of Allah.
Q.What is inside the Kaaba?
A.The interior of the Holy Kaaba contains the three pillars supporting the roof and a number of suspended silver and gold lamps. During most of the year the Kaaba is covered with an enormous cloth of black brocade, the kiswah.
Q.What is Black Stone in Kaaba?
A.The Black Stone (Arabic: ٱلْحَجَرُ ٱلْأَسْوَد, al-Ḥajaru al-Aswad, ‘Black Stone’) is a rock set into the eastern corner of the Kaaba, the ancient building in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.