Umrah is the most sacred channel of Muslims to get spirituality subsequently after Hajj. That is the foremost considerable reason for calling it a minor pilgrimage. Plainly, Umrah signifies to visit the place which is thickly populated. Unlike Hajj, it can be performed at any time of the year of your own choice. Umrah is not as compulsory as Hajj but its level of spirituality equally occupies the heart and mind of Muslims as other integrals of Islam. It is practiced by Muslims as a Sunnat-e-Muaqqedah (a holy action performed by Prophet Muhammad PBUH with great emphasize or continuity).
Importance of Umrah in Islam
Quranic citations and authentic Ahadees directly reflect light on the rewards of performing Umrah. Several virtues are promised to be registered in one’s divine record if one perceives this angelic action purely and correctly.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah reported Umrah as one of the superlative deeds as per sayings of Prophet PBUH. Umrah works simultaneously like a pencil (to write virtues) and an eraser (to diminish sins) in the spiritual life of a Muslim. It is truly a restorative and the “accepted” one in court of Allah if performed according to the exact teachings of Quran and Hadees.
According to another verified Hadees on the registers of Bukhari, Umrah is considered to be the objection free entry visa to Paradise.
An intimate fellow of beloved Prophet PBUH, validated a maxim of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH, “An Umrah is expiation for the wrong-doings placed between it and the next.”
Hazrat Ayesha once inquired to the Messenger of Allah PBUH about the orders of Jihaad for woman. He replied that Umrah and Hajj is considered to be the Jihaad for women where there is no placing of fighting.
History of Umrah
Few reflections from history about Umrah drag us to the initial practice of worshipping idols by Pagans who were residing in Makkah. As per scholastic approach, it was not permissible for Muslims to practice Hajj and Umrah. While throughout the reign of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, the Muslims tried hard to get the rights of performing their angelic meditations. In this regard, Quran also prescribed the same orders earlier.
Treaty of Hudaibiyah
The offensive deadlock between Muslims and pagans established in Makkah over the pilgrimage issues in the early days of Islam. Extracting from chronological events of Islam, 628 AD (6 AH) is considered to be the time when Prophet Muhammad PBUH with his fellowmen set their journey for Makkah to perform Umrah. This movement of Muhammad PBUH was the consequence of a dream which he had while in Madinah. His great inspiration gave rise to the treaty of Hudaibiya. This treaty was signed as a result of opposition of Qurayshites (a local tribe of Makkah) on the entry of Muslims in Makkah. After ambassadorial negotiations and tough conditions for Muslims, Hudaibiyah treaty was finally prepared for its implementation.
The very First Umrah
After the conquest of Makkah in 629 AD, Muhammad PBUH moved with almost 2000 followers including men, women and children to perform what it is tagged as the First Umrah. This happening engaged Muslims for three days. Moreover when the power in Makkah shifted to Muslims, Muhammad PBUH pardoned his enemies and also to other weak believers.
To seek spirituality during your stay in Makkah and Madinah, don’t forget to opt out Ummahtours. As per its convention, Ummahtours promise you to facilitate you with each and every safety perspective to make your Umrah journey streamlined, convenient and safe as well. Moreover, to make your sacred travelling a memorable and affordable in true meanings, Ummahtours is offering you a versatile range of cheap Umrah packages in 2018.
Ramadan Umrah Packages
Ummahtours is again offering 10% discount on Ramadan Umrah packages in 2018. Ramadan is the peak time for Muslims to fill their pockets with rewards. According to Islamic documents doing Umrah in the month of Ramadan will be equal to performing Hajj (only in terms of reward but not in terms of duty).
December Umrah Packages
December is the most moderate month of the year in terms of weather in KSA. Holidays in December are an exceptional bonus to do Umrah with family. More than that December is also considered to be a busy month of the year. So book early to avoid any hassle.