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Umrah


Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It simply means to visit a populated place and it can take place at any time throughout the year. But the peak times of pilgrimage are the days in the run up to, during and after the Hajj and during the last ten days of the Ramadan. Pilgrims perform Tawaf. This is an Islamic ritual of pilgrimage. Muslim’s circle the Kaaba counter clockwise. The Kaaba is Islam’s most sacred-site.

The Umrah is known as the minor pilgrimage compared to the Hajj which is known as the major one. It isn’t compulsory for Muslim’s to take part in Umrah but it is highly recommended that they do.

Pilgrims perform a Tawaf, which is an Islamic ritual of pilgrimage. Muslims circle seven times in an anticlockwise direction around the Kaaba, which is Islam’s most sacred site. Men are recommended to make the first three circuits at a quick pace while the last four should be done at a much more relaxed pace.  

A Sa’i also takes place. This is where pilgrims rapidly walk seven times back and forth between the hills of Marwah and Safa. The halq and the taqsir is a very big tradition during Umrah.  It is the cutting of the hair.

Most pilgrims drink from the sacred Zamzam Well even though it isn’t part of the ritual process.

These are the complete rituals of Umrah.

 

 

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