Umrah and its Importance?
Umrah can be performed all year long except for the time of Hajj. The Umrah is known as a minor Hajj and earns more reward than a prayer. A Muslim is known as a pilgrim when the Muslim makes intention at home to perform the journey in the name of Allah. The rewards of performing Umrah are huge and has great value. Many Muslims earn purity in their spiritual journey after performing the Umrah. The Holy Prophet PBUH performed 2 Umrah’s in his life.
Umrah and the procedure for Women?
One of the major rules is that Muslim Women need to perform Umrah packages with a Mehram. A mahram is a male that the woman is biologically related to, breastfed or is related to by blood after marriage. Furthermore, a Muslim woman in Iddat can also not perform the Umrah. Also, women, who are on their menstrual cycle they cannot perform the Umrah.
In December umrah packages, it is Farz on the Pilgrim to enter the state of Ihram. The state of Ihram refers to a special state of purity, where the pilgrim has worn the prescribed clothing, performed cleaning duties and is now free of any worldly thoughts and ready to submit one’s mind and soul to the praise of Allah. The Muslim Woman has to cover herself properly to be in the state of Ihram.
The second Farz ritual is the Tawaf. Tawaf means to move in a circular motion, the Tawaf is done around the Holy Ka’aba the House of Allah. The Tawaf is done in the state of Ihram and while performing the Tawaf, the pilgrim recites the Talbiya. The Talbiya is a declaration of one’s presence at the Holy Ka’aba and praise for Allah. It translates into:
“Here I am, O Allaah, here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Verily all praise and blessings are Yours, and all sovereignty, You have no partner”
Muslim men are to recite the Talbiyah loudly where as the women can recite it in a lower voice however they must not recite it in their hearts, their lips must say these words while performing the Talbiya.
After this the pilgrims perform what is known as Sa’i. Sa’I is the wajib Act of Umrah. This act is a performance of running between the hills of Safa and Marwa in a manner similar to Bibi Hajra. She was the wife of the Prophet Ibrahim who ran in the hills to find water for her son. Women are not directed to run in between the hills, they can walk at a slow pace.
At the end of this, Muslims now perform the act of cutting their hair as a part of the sacrifice, Men usually shave their head and women cut a piece of their hair. Women must cut only a part of their hair equal to a fingernail. After the performance of all these acts, Muslims have successfully performed the Umrah.