28 Aug Umrah and Its Definition
What is Umrah? Or what is the definition of Umrah. For those who did not have any idea about it, I would like to tell them that, Umrah is an Arabic word that means to visit a populated place. Yes, it is a journey to holy Makkah, Saudi Arabia. The Umrah is done or performed by the Muslims that can be undertaken at any time of the year. Well, moving towards the sharia, Umrah means to do Tawaf around the Kaaba, then do Sa’i between the beautiful mountain of Safa and Marwah. After doing this, Muslims cut their hair. This is all done with wearing Ihram. Now, what is Ihram? It is a white color dress, which every Muslim wears during the course of Umrah. Furthermore, there are two types of Umrah. One is Al Umrat al Mufradah and the second type of Umrah is Umrat al tammatu.
In the first type, it refers to Umrah that is performed independently of Hajj. Yes, you can perform Umrah anytime of the year. But, in the second one, it refers to Umrah that is undertaken in combination with Hajj. Also, in this type of Umrah, the rituals of Umrah are performed earlier than the Hajj rituals are done. Now coming towards the rituals of Umrah. The pilgrims should follow these steps when performing Umrah. First, to perform a Tawaf, in which you have to circle the Kaaba seven times with in an anticlockwise direction. Men are reinvigorated to do this 3 times with a speedy pace, trailed by four times, more closely, at an unhurried pace. Then the next step is to perform a sa’i. In sa’i, you have to walk quickly seven times back and forth between the two beautiful mountain of Safa and Marwah. This is a re-enactment of Hajar’s anxious pursuit for water. The baby, Ishmael (AS) sobbed and he hit the ground with his foot (some sorts of the story say that an angel scratched his foot or the tip of his arm on the ground), and water miraculously bounced out.
This foundation of water is nowadays called the Well of Zamzam. Now the last step of Umrah is to make a halq, which means, cutting of the hair. While, taqsir is a limited shortening of the hair, whereas a halq is a whole shave of the head, but for women, as they cut a small quantity of hair in its place. These are the rituals complete the Umrah, and the pilgrim might select to go out of ihram. Though it is not a part of the ritual, many pilgrims drink water from the Well of Zamzam. Numerous sects of Islam do these rituals with marginally changed approaches.
The top times of the journey are the days before the Hajj, during the Hajj and after the Hajj. Also, we see a large amount of people during the days of Ramadan. Otherwise, you can go to Makkah at any time.