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Have a Blissful, Not a Boastful Umrah Itinerary

Have a Blissful, Not a Boastful Umrah Itinerary

Umrah is the second significant Islamic voyage to the Holy Kaaba in Mecca. It is also known as the “Lesser Pilgrimage”. Unlike Hajj, it is not mandatory and time-specific. However, this spiritual voyage is brimmed with countless blessings of Allah (SWT). This sacred journey is undertaken by physically mentally and financially sound Muslims across the globe. The Muslim communities of non-Muslim countries also Perform Umrah in Holiday Season.

Whatever time you have for your Umrah, it is highly recommended to perform it with the sheer sense of attaining Allah’s love and attention. Keep your heart filled with Allah’s remembrance and perform Umrah according to directed rules and regulations.

The Best Time to Perform Umrah

The best time to perform Umrah is undoubtedly Ramadan. It’s one of the blessed Islamic months for Muslims. However, Ramadan is the peak season and there is a great hustle and bustle during this time in KSA. As well, the accommodation and flight prices are skyrocketed.

Going off-Peak Time is Another Better Option

Umrah is a dire desire of every Muslim’s heart and soul. So it’s a matter of real serendipity if you feast your eyes with the closest charismatic view of the Holy Kaaba and bless your lips with a kiss of the sacred Blackstone named Hajar e Aswad. This is no less than a golden opportunity for Muslims. In order to avail of this divine opportunity, going off-season is the better or even the best option. Because millions of people miss their Ramadan Umrah journey during this peak time.

Christmas, A Good Time for Umrah

In this regard, the suitable time for European or US Muslims is to go for December Umrah, particularly during Christmas Holidays. During this month or these holidays, Muslims don’t have much to do at Christmas is not a part of Muslim cultural festivals.

Mostly the Muslim communities of non-Muslim countries choose to visit their homelands or spend their vacations at home. While the countries are busy with Christmas decorations. So this time, we must plan to bless “our” holidays in the quietude of Mecca and spend quality time in the twin Arab cities of Mecca and Medina.

Post-Modern World: A World of Pomp and Show

It is an undeniable fact that we are a part of postmodernism. This very period of time is characterized by the pomp and show and great hustle and bustle. The world, we are breathing in, is digitalized one where everything and anything we do say is readily displayed on social media. It seems that the postmodern man is devoid of truly private and spiritual life.

Impact of Social Media on the Lives of People

Although the masses plan to enjoy their vacations wholeheartedly. However, what I see is that they literally fail to do so. This is due to the excessive and overindulgence of social media in our lives. Travelers, tourists, or holidaymakers run to upload their pictures, travel stories, and status on various popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, etc. These travelers have become social media geeks who are obsessed with the scintillating colors of these entertaining online media sources. But they remain devoid of a true sense of enjoyment. Even small kids are concerned with social media entertainment more than their relatives and parents.

A similar situation is applicable to those Umrah or Hajj pilgrims who are concerned with their selfies more than their Ibadah.

Umrah is an Ibadah Not A Festival

Umrah is not a festival or a worldly entertaining place. It is the place that gives us the opportunity to brush up on our Iman in Allah. It is the golden time to penetrate ourselves into the spiritual atmosphere of the Umrah journey. Our Umrah must also be a break from the excessiveness of social media and worldly desires. Nevertheless, going on a spiritual journey does not mean that you must cut off completely from your friends or family by not using social media. Indeed, you should use them in a smart and beneficial way.

Islam has Strictly Forbidden Pomp and Show

Umrah itinerary

In Islam, the Arabic word ‘Riya’ is used in terms of pomp and show. Riya means when you perform any charitable or righteous act to show off your goodness to others but not Allah. This materialistic world is an illusionary place that lures the masses to itself and the person gets indulged into it. The people start doing their religious rituals in order to get a good name and appreciation from the masses. The people, for example, perform Hajj to be called Haajis. The middle class may perform their Umrah in order to show off their status to their fellows. Riya is considered as the minor Shirk and is strictly prohibited in Islam. Your purpose in performing your religious rituals and good deeds is solely to please Allah, the Supreme Creator. He would bless you with a sweet fruit in the end.

The Holy Kaaba is Really Inviting for the Masses

The twin cities of Mecca and Medina hold immense significance for Muslims. There we have many scenic and spiritual places to feast our eyes, enlighten our minds and purify our souls. Keep your lips busy in recitation of Talbiya and send blessings to the last Holy Prophet (SAW) of Allah. Along with the majestic and charismatic holy Black building of the Holy Kaaba, there are other places of spiritual charisma like Masjid e Haram, Masjid e Nabwi, Prophet’s House, etc.  Instead of having a meaningless chit-chat with anyone, talk about the greatness of these places, perform Salah and other devotional prayers, and walk on the appeasing floor of Masjid ul Haraam and Masjid e Nabwi.

Read more: 10 Interesting Facts about the Kaaba

Get Benefits from the Wintry December Nights

Immerse yourself completely in your prayers and dua. Bow down in Sajuud (Prostration). If you get the golden opportunity to separate yourself from the buzzing worldly affairs, then endeavor to seek the blessings of Allah Almighty. Be thankful to him for having a divine opportunity to Perform Umrah in the quietude of winter. Don’t rush to upload your stories of private Ibadah to social media, especially during your quality time before the majestic Holy Kaaba.

the broad life's morocco contributor profileMaria Bella
Morocco Contributor
A travel blogger from UK. Writing is her ultimate passion and nowadays, she is into the mission of providing creative and unique blogs on Morocco’s lively culture and traditions. She can help people in planning their journey by sharing her amazing experience to Morocco.


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  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    Hhhhmmm…first of all, you have entirely schooled me on this one! I have heard the word “Umrah”, I didn’t know what it meant. Then also, when it is actually best carried….all this is totally new to me!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Do you see your knowledge expended a lots after reading this post?

  • jkblooming4gmailcom

    I learned something new from your post.

  • Mary Robinson

    Thank you so much for posting information about this. I had no idea.

  • joydellavita

    Wow, have never heard of this before, its so nice to learn more details about “other” religions!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah it’s always great to learn more about things in the world! 🙂

  • Matt Taylor

    Thanks for sharing! I didn’t know about Umrah, I always enjoy learning new things. 🙂

  • Leslie L Denning

    This is very interesting. I didn’t know anything about Umrah or really much about the Muslim religion. Thanks for an informative post.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      You’re welcomed! I’m happy that you find this post interesting and informative

  • Emman Damian

    This is the first time I heard about Umrah. I hope to read more about. Thanks for this informative post. I understand it much better.

  • Grace Esedeke | Today Was Fab

    I have lots of Muslim friends whom I love dearly, though not a Muslim myself. But we’ve never really discussed about the other Muslim traditions like Umrah you wrote about.

    Majorly, our conversations borders on the killings wrought by the Muslims in my country and if it is something that is required as part of the Islamic religious laws or if it is something a sect just does for their own reasons.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I see. As I’m in another part of the world and things we know aren’t transparent at all.
      Hope that the world is gonna be better so our discussion will just solely about how we enjoy the life happily. All the best! 🙂

  • Foodie Finds Home

    This was a very informative post. I had only ever heard about Hajj, but not Umrah. Thank you for teaching us a little bit about the Muslim culture and traditions.

  • Manahil

    Praying for all Muslim to have a blessful Umrah

  • Rose A (@mail4rosey)

    It’s interesting to hear about how the holiday seasons are spent in other places. I like to travel during holidays to see how other places celebrate (or in this case, don’t) as well.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Me too, I love joining holidays in different places. But in this case not all people could join

  • Sadiq Saleem

    Thanks for sharing. I definitely learn something new from your post.

  • zainab

    This post is such an amazing post. It is very useful information for us.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m glad that you enjoy the info in the post. Thanks for your comment!

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