According to the Islamic principles and teachings prescribed in the Holy Quran and Hadith, Umrah is the minor form of the pilgrimage which is known to be the lesser pilgrimage for the Muslims or Believers. It is the holy practice which includes the performing of the various set of the rituals at the place of the Masjid al-Haram in the city of Makkah. In terms of the language, Umrah refers to the visiting the place. But as far as shariah definition of the term Umrah is concerned, it is something that includes the crossing the particular place of Miqat while wearing the cloth of Ihram and performing the ritual of Tawaf around the place of Kaabah. After that, one would have to perform the act of Sa’I around the mountains of the Safa and Marwah followed by the ritual of Halq i.e shaving. As the matter of the fact, Umrah has to be performed at any time of the year other than few days of the Hajj that has to be performed between the 9th and 13th of the month of Dhul Hajj. The rituals which are to be performed for Umrah would be the significant aspect of the Hajj.
It is the umrah which has to be performed along with the Hajj that has to be take place in the month of the Dhul Hijjah, which means prior to the start of the Hajj. This type of Umrah is known as the Hajj al-Tamattu which seems to be the usual form of the umrah and large segment of the Muslim believers tend to perform this umrah. One would come across various conditions which have to be fulfilled prior to the performing of the Umrah. Such conditions would be the similar to the one that of hajj. the person should be the Muslim who must be aware of the fact the performing the hajj is mandatory for the individual who is mature enough to be called as the Baligh. The Muslim believer has to be mentally well and sound. One should have the financial capacity and potential to meet the expenses of the performing of the Hajj in the shape of the traveling, hoteling, food expenditure and the most significantly, things needed for the hajj such as Ihram. What is very important to perform this type of Umrah or hajj is the fact that one has to be physically fit and capable of performing all the holy rituals of the hajj and umrah.
It is the type of the umrah and people perform it independently to the hajj. as the matter of the fact, one can perform this umrah at any time of the year other than the prescribed days of the hajj. many people in the shape of Muslim believers find it convenient and easy to perform this type of umrah.