Affordable Umrah Package- Ihram, Umrah Niyyat and etiquettes of Haram Shareef

For Muslims, performing Umrah in Ramadan is considered the most rewarding but there is no fixed season for Umrah. The holy journey of Umrah can be performed at any time of the year, except during the Hajj period. The journey can be performed within 2/ 3 days and can be extended up to 14 days i.e. the duration of an Umrah visa. There can be arrangements made to extend the visa too if so desired. There are many types of Affordable Umrah Package available for people who are looking forward to performing the pilgrimage.

People going for Umrah often face problems regarding Ihram, Umrah Niyyat and the etiquette of entering Haram Shareef. So let us look at these areas to make it easy for the pilgrims to plan their Umrah tour.

Affordable Umrah Package- Ihram

Method of putting on Ihram.

  • The way of putting on Ihram during Hajj and Umrah are the same. However, there is a slight difference in the intention and its wording. The details of the intention are described below but first, let us note the procedure of putting Ihram.
  • Trim your nail
  • Remove unwanted hair from your private areas
  • Use Miswak
  • Make Wudu
  • Perform ghusl thoroughly
  • Apply fragrance to the body and Ihram cloths as it is a sunnah but do not use any perfume as it contains alcohol which is Haram, also do not use any Ittar or any other fragrance that could stain your clothing like Amber.
  • Islamic brothers should put on a piece of new or washed shawl to cover the upper body and another thick piece as the Tahband (i.e. a piece of cloth used to cover the lower part of the body. Enough to prevent the skin colour from being noticed. Or the other cloth could be of towel material). Do not use any sewn cloth for men’s ihram, ready sets of Ihram can be used from the market to avoid confusion.
  • A belt with a pocket can be worn by men to keep their passports, money or mobile phone, etc. Use a nylon or leather belt with pocket/ pockets. These materials are strong and durable. A low-quality belt may tear and cause trouble later.

Ihram of Islamic sister:

Islamic sisters have to wear their clothes as usual. They may wear gloves and socks as well. They should keep their heads covered but should not wear any veil that touches their face; however, they must use a book or a Hand Fan in order to cover their face from non-mahram men when necessary. It is Haram for women to wear a veil on their face during Ihram or any other thing that can come in contact with their face. Nowadays many women wear sports caps and then wear their veil to cover their face and avoid it from touching the face.

Nafl Salah of Ihram:

If it is not a Makruh time then Islamic brothers and sisters should offer two rakat nafl Salah with the intention of Ihram. Men can keep their heads covered while offering the Salah. It is better to recite Surah Al-Kafiroon and Surah Al-Ikhlas after Surah Al-Fatiha in the first and the second rakat both respectively.

The intention of Umrah:

now the Islamic brothers with their heads covered and sisters too should make the following intentions of Umrah

Dua: Allahumma inni uridul umrata fayassir ha li wa taqabbal ha minni wa a inni alayha wa barik li fiha. Navaitul Umrata wa ahramtu biha lillahi ta’ala.

Translation: Ya Allah Almighty and the Majestic, I make the intention of Umrah, make it easy for me and accept it from me. Help me in performing it and make it blessed for me. I have made intentions for Umrah and put on its Ihram for the sake of Allah Almighty and the Majestic.

Affordable Umrah Package- Labbaik:

After making the intention, it is required to recite Labbaik at least once. Reciting it thrice is preferable. Labbaik is as follows

Dua: Labbaik. Allah humma labbaik, labbaik la shari ka laaka labbaik. Innal hamda wan niymata lakawal mulk. la sharikalaka.

Translation: I am in attendance. Ya Allah Almighty and the Majestic, I am in attendance. I am in attendance (and) You have no partners. I am in attendance. No doubt all glorification and bounties are for You and also the sovereignty (is Yours). You have no partners. 

O guests of Allah! You are now in Ihram. This Labbaik is the most important invocation for an Umrah. Recite it abundantly while sitting Standing and walking.  

Entering Makkah. 

Explanation of haram

People generally consider that only Masjid-Al-haram is Haram. No doubt Masjid-Al-haram is within Haram but Haram has spread out up to seven miles around Makkah-tul-Mukarramah with its limits fixed in all directions. For example, there lies a police checkpoint on the road about 23 km away from Makkah-tul-murram towards Jeddah. On this road, there is a signboard that reads “Lil Muslimean fakt” i.e. only for Muslims. Ahead of it is Bir-e-Shamis i.e. Hudaybiya where the limit of haram starts according to the latest measurements made by a historian, the area of Haram is 127 km whereas its total area is 550 km. (Tarikh Makkah Mukarramah, page 15)

[The administration often makes new roads and routes by building tunnels, cutting mountains and deforestation. Causing the area of the sacred territory to be increased or decreased. Therefore the correct limits of haram are the very same as stated in the blessed Hadees.]

Thandi -Thandi Hawa haram ki hai

Barish Allah Ke Karam Ki Hai

Translation: Gentle Breeze is blowing in Haram

                    Rain of Mercy is showering in Haram 

(Wasail- e- Bakhshish, page.124)

Entering Makkah-Tul-mukarramah

After entering the limits of Haram with your head bowed and eyes lowered with humility and shame for all the sins committed by you in the past. Recite Salat-Alan-Nabi and Labbaik and do Zikr in abundance. The Moment you enter the sacred city of Makkah-tul-Mukarramah of Rabbul Alamin recite the following Du’a:

Dua: Allah hummaj alli kararaw warzukni fi ha razkan halalan. 

Translation Ya Allah Almighty and majestic, bestow upon me peace and Halal substance in it.

After reaching Makkah-Tul-Mukarramah go to your hotels, freshen up and keep your luggage etc in your room, then come to Babu Salam (Gate) reciting Labbaik. Kiss the holy door and enter the Masjid-Al-Haram placing your right foot first and reciting the Dua of entering the Masjid that is as follows

Dua: Bismillahi wa salamu ala Rasoolillah. Allahumafta li abwaba rahmatika.

Translation: Allah Almighty and the majestic is whose name I begin and salutations on the beloved Rasul Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Ya Allah open the portals of your Mercy for me.

Make intention of I’tikaf

Make it an everyday routine to make the intention of I’tikaf whenever you enter any Masjid. Also, do so in Masjid-Al-Haram. One good deed here is equivalent to 100000 deeds performed elsewhere hence one will get the reward of a 100000 I’tikaf. You will get the reward for as long as you stay in the Masjid, in addition, acts of eating, and drinking water including Zamzam water and sleeping will also become permissible otherwise these acts are impermissible in the Masjid according to Shari’ah.

Dua: Nawaytu sunnatal I’tikafi.

Translation: I make the intention of the sunnah of I’tikaf.

First sight of the Holy Kaaba

The moment you have the first glance at the Holy Kaaba recite the following Dua thrice

Dua: La ilaha illallahu wallahu Akbar.

Then recite Salat-al-nabi and make Dua, as the Dua made on having the first glance of the Holy Kaaba is definitely accepted. You may also make the following dua

Dua: “Ya Allah Almighty and the majestic, whenever I make permissible Dua that is beneficial to me, accept it”. 

Alama Shami Kuddisa (sirruhus sami) has quoted Islamic jurists to have stated: When having the first glance of the Kaaba, one should make Dua to be blessed with enter into Paradise without accountability and should recite Salat-Alan-Nabi. 

(Rad-dul-Muhtar, volume 3, Page 575)

Most virtuous dua

Respected devoted guest of Rasool Allah Sallallahu Tala Alaihi Wasallam and seekers of the pleasures of Allah Almighty and the majestic and his Prophet Sallallahu Tala Alaihi Wasallam! Instead of reciting different specific duas, it is the most virtuous act to recite Salat-Alan-Nabi on every occasion like during the Tawaf, Sa’i, etc. Inshallah, all your problems will be resolved by virtue of Salat-Alan-Nabi.

You should do what is better than all the duas for you, as promised by the holy Prophet Mohammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. That is reciting Salat-Alan-Nabi here or on any other occasion instead of making dua for yourself. The profit of Rahama, the Intercessor of Ummah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam has stated, ‘ If you do so Allah Almighty and the majestic will resolve all your problems and forgive all your sins. 

(Tirmizi, volume 4, page 207, Hadis 2465, Fatawa Razawiyyah volume 10 page 740)

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