HAJJ IS A SACRED JOURNEY TO MAKKAH

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Generally pilgrims either follow or precede the hajj, “the greater pilgrimage,” with the umrah, “the minor or the lesser pilgrimage,” which is certified by the Holy Quran and was also performed by the Prophet (PBUH). The Umrah, unlike the hajj, takes place just in Makkah itself and umrah can be performed at any time throughout the year. The ihram, talbiyah and the limitations or restrictions required by the state of sanctification are equally necessary in the umrah, which also shares three other main rituals with the hajj: the tawaaf (circumambulation), saaee and shaving or clipping the head hair. The performance of the umrah by pilgrims and visitors symbolizes ibadah (worship) for the unique sacredness of Makkah.

Before or after going to Holy Makkah, pilgrims avail the opportunity provided by the umrah or the hajj to visit the Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid-e-Nabwi) in Madina, the second holiest city in the history of Islam. Here. The visit to city Madina is not mandatory or obligatory, as it is not part of the umrah or hajj, but it is the city, which welcomed Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when He migrated there from city Makkah, is rich in visiting memories and historical sites.

In this city, loved by Muslims for many centuries, people yet feel the effect of the Prophet (PBUH) life.  While making their tawaaf or circumambulation pilgrims may touch or kiss the Hajr-e-Aswad (Black Stone). This stone, first mounted in a silver frame back in the seventh century, has an extraordinary place in the hearts of all Muslims as, but perhaps the single most significant reason for kissing the hajr-e-Aswad is that the it is a Sunnah.

As pilgrims of diverse tongues and races return back to their homes, they carry with them cherished and exquisite memories of Hazrat Ibraheem (AS),Hazrat Ismaeel (AS), Bibi Hajra, and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). They return with a sense of serenity and awe: awe or fear for their experience at Arafaat, when they felt closest to ALLAH Almighty as they stood on the place where the Prophet (PBUH) delivered his last sermon during his first and final pilgrimage; serenity for having drop their sins on that plain, and being therefore relieved of a heavy burden.

They also return back with a better understanding of the situation of their brothers in the religion of peace, Islam.  Therefore is born a spirit of caring and kindness for others and an understanding of their own rich inheritance that will last all through their lives.

The pilgrims go back happy with joy and hope, for they have fulfilled ALLAH’S earliest injunction to all humanity to undertake the pilgrimage Hajj or umrah.  Above all, they return back to their homes with a prayer on their lips and in hearts.

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Significance of Umrah in Ramadan Mubarak

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As other hadiths also exist that clearly mention that performing Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj, it should not the mandatory task for all muslims to perform Hajj as he is able to perform it. This is only to give additional value to the month of Ramadan to perform it.

There are different scholarly opinions on the significance of Umrah in Ramadan. Some scholars state that Umrah is also obligatory and the other scholars indicate that it is not mandatory but to do it is most good.

Verily similar to Hajj you cannot perform Umrah in Ramadan if you neglect your family and social obligations. Though you need to get more blessings in the month of Ramadan however you cannot neglect your families and other obligations of work and kin. You cannot neglect parents or children to go to Umrah in Ramadan.

Another mistake that many parents do is that they do take their children for Umrah but neglect their time and need in Umrah. You cannot neglect their needs at all; you should focus on it also.

We encourage parents to take their kids to Umrah with following certain obligations and activities to be more kind full. To give the Umrah experience to kids is a spectacular and unique trip for them and make a habit for them. Going to the holy place in the holy month is a milestone and a most memorable experience for children and acting in a good way.

Like to share with you some of the amazing stories that I have been able to accumulate over the years of that have finally been able to make that trip to Makkah in Ramadan. Ramadan is one of the most blessed months in the Muslim Calender of the whole year. It holds a special meaning, value and attributes significantly to the overall social and well being of the societies at all.

Ramadan has always been a sharing event among Muslims. Millions around the world take refuge with Allah from the evil and the bad characteristics in this month. Muslims all over the world pray to Allah and ask forgiveness of their sins. In the whole month Muslims fast and say prayers. The objective of all the prayers, worships and the fasting is for Allah. You want to ensure that you spend your time reading the Quran and being good to your kin and family and all the mankind.

Due to the importance of Ramadan, people want to anticipate in the beautiful procession of Umrah in this month. It is just adding or even multiplying your good deeds in the good actions. What a beautiful way to spend Ramadan to act well. Imagine the opportunity to be close to the holiest shrines and places during the holy month of ramadan. It is a rare opportunity and must be availed by people especially muslims across the world. I take pride in the fact that the loved meaning and significance of Umrah has captured by all muslims during Ramadan.

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