Prior to Umrah arrangements
When the pilgrim intends to go for the Umrah, they must choose the most reliable source to apply for Mofa and get the confirmed Visa for the Umrah. While making preparation to set off, do not forget to take proper vaccination and medication. Keep the copy of your visa and passport safe with you. In your luggage, rest assure you have packed the first aid box and the power converter as well.
When the one who wants to perform ‘Umrah arrives at the Meeqaat, it is recommended for him (both man and woman) to take a bath if convenient. The man perfumes his head and beard, but not his Ahraam garments. If taking a bath at Meeqat is not possible, there is nothing wrong with it. For men, it is to change their clothing and get in the Ahraam, two piece of white fabric which is non stitched whereas, there is no fixed form of Ahraam of women, except that what is prohibited from wearing, i.e. Naqaab and gloves.
The pilgrim makes their intention at the point of Meeqat. The intention should be made in heart as well as the pronunciation of “Allahumma labbayka ‘Umrah”. With this statement the rites of Umrah have just begun. So Ahraam is proved to be the first pillar of Umrah. The Talbiyah: “labbayk Allahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk, innal-hamda wan-ni’mata laka wal-mulk, laa shareeka lak”, are the most sacred and the most important part of Umrah. It is recommended to keep repeating all these verses, along the way ahead to the Kaaba.
As one arrives at the sacred mosque in Makkah, the Harram, should enter in with the right foot, preferably by the baab ul Umrah, saying: In the name of Allaah! O Allaah! Exalt the mention of your Messenger. O Allaah! Forgive my sins, and open the gates of Your mercy for me. One should enter in a way expressing humility and gratitude for the blessings of Allah, may confer upon you.
On arriving the Kaaba, stop reciting Talbiyah, and get the way direct to the Hajr e Aswad, touch it with right hand and if not possible due to rush, then just raise your right hand and point it towards the black stone, say Allahu Akbar, and start your first Tawaaf around the Kaaba.
The Pilgrim must should walk, keeping the Kaaba on his left side. In this way made the seven anticlockwise rounds around the Kaaba. Every time, on reaching the black stone touch it or just point it by right hand say Allahu Akbar and proceed ahead. During the Tawaaf, a man is preferred to do Al-Idhtibaa and Ar-Raml. Make supplication from your heart, for that which will benefit you. However, it is reported to be the prayer of Prophet PBUH during the Tawaaf: Our Lord, grant us good in this life and good in the hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hellfire.” [Quran: 2:201]
On completion of Tawaaf, approach to Maqaam Ibraheem and offer two Rakaat prayer. Upon completing the two Rak’ahs, return to the Black Stone and, if convenient touch it. Then get your way to the mount Al Safa and Al Marwah. Then climb onto mount Safaa until the Ka’bah is visible. Facing the Ka’bah the following is to be said 3 times: “Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar. Laa ilaaha il-lall-llaahu wadahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa ‘alaa qulli shay’in qadeer. Laa ilaaha il-lall-llaahu wahdahu, anjaza wa’dahu, wa nasara ‘abdahu, wa hazamal ahzaaba wahdahu”. Then go towards the Al Marwah, it is preferred to run between the green lights for men, upon reaching Marwah climb upon it if it is possible, and repeat the same procedure as when ascending Safaa. This completes one circuit. Then one continues back to Safaa running between the fluorescent green lights. This way completes the seven rounds. Then one is to have his hair shaved. Women should shorten their hair by a fingertip length from the end. The rights of ‘Umrah have now been completed.