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Hajj and Umrah Made Easy

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Fulfilling your sacred obligation of Hajj will be the most spiritual period of your life Insha’Allah (God willing), filled with blessings and forgiveness from Allah (SWT)! After arriving at your accommodation in Makkah, you may want to freshen up or take a rest before making your way to Masjid al-Haram to perform Tawaf al-Umrah.

After sunset, you’ll depart ‘Arafah and head to Muzdalifah – an open plain between Mina and ‘Arafah. These can include anything such as giving charity, honouring one’s parents, upholding the ties of kinship, and enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil.

When you’re ready, decide which of your belongings you want to take with you, bearing in mind there are thieves that operate in the mosque. For the purpose of this Hajj guide, we will use the Tamattu form of Hajj, which is what the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged the Muslims to perform. This handy and comprehensive Hajj guide will help you understand the different aspects of the holy pilgrimage, from its origin, to how to perform Hajj. Don’t raise your hands up to your earlobes or gesture towards the Kaaba as you would have done during Tawaf. Sa’i symbolises the ongoing struggle that we encounter throughout our lives, as Hajar experienced herself.

You will likely be travelling to Saudi Arabia via plane, so it is advisable to get changed into your Ihram at the airport prior to departure or during a stopover if you have one. It’s very important to note that when you are in a state of Ihram, you are not permitted to smoke, swear, shave, clip your nails, or engage in any form of sexual relations.In fact, the Kaa’ba was built by Ibrahim (AS), or Prophet Abraham, thousands of years earlier by the command of Allah (SWT) – it is because of Ibrahim (AS) that Muslims perform Hajj. You will begin with Jamarah al-Ula (the small pillar), then Jamarah al-Wusta (the second/middle pillar) and finally, Jamarah al-Aqaba (the third/large pillar).

You will then get changed into your Ihram garments which for men consist of two, normally white, clean seamless pieces of cloth. It is recommended to send Salawat on the Prophet ﷺ after reciting the Talbiyah and to make Dua for yourself and others. Don’t forget to include your friends, relatives, neighbours as well as the wider Ummah (community) in your Du’a on this special day.Lā ilāha illallāh waḥdahu lā sharīka lah(u), lahu l-mulku wa lahu l-ḥamdu yuḥyī wa yumīt(u), wa huwa ‘alā kulli shay’in qadīr. So, be sure to stand on the plains of ‘Arafah and make lots of Du’a (supplication), focussing your energy on Allah (SWT), asking Him for forgiveness and blessings for you and your family. The amount of knowledge I gained from the young sheikhs that accompanied us was unbelievable Alhamduillah. Upon reaching the hill of Safa, face the direction of the Kaaba and raise your hands in supplication.

Other forms of Dhikr, such as Tahlil ( lā ilāha illā Allāh) and Salawat upon the Prophet ﷺ may also be uttered at this point. Throughout these holy days and whilst in the state of Ihram , we should also be particularly mindful of our behaviour and words. This may not be possible as the authorities have designated entrances to the mosque for pilgrims performing Umrah. Performing Istilam at the start of Tawaf and at the end is a highly emphasised Sunnah, and performing Istilam on the other six occasions is desirable. If you’re travelling from the UK, you are likely to fly to Saudi Arabia, touching down in Jeddah or Medina.

For men, this means wearing the designated white cloth with one piece wrapped around your shoulder and one around your waist.

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