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How to Perform Umrah?

How to Perform Umrah

How to Perform Umrah: A Step-by-Step Guide for Pilgrims

Performing Umrah is a deeply spiritual journey for Muslims around the world. It’s a pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah that can be undertaken at any time of the year. If you’re planning to perform Umrah, this guide will walk you through the process step by step, ensuring your experience is fulfilling and in accordance with Islamic teachings.

Understanding Umrah

Umrah, often referred to as the ‘lesser pilgrimage’, is a voluntary act of worship that involves visiting the Kaaba and performing rituals that symbolize the unity and equality of all Muslims. Unlike Hajj, which has specific dates, Umrah can be completed at any time, making it more accessible for believers.

Preparing for Umrah

1. Intention (Niyyah)

Your journey begins with the intention, or Niyyah, to perform Umrah for the sake of Allah. This pure intention should be made in your heart, as it is the foundation of your pilgrimage.

2. Ihram

Before crossing the Miqat (boundary points around Makkah), you must enter into a state of Ihram. For men, this involves wearing two pieces of white, seamless cloth, while women can wear modest Islamic dress. Certain actions are prohibited in Ihram, such as cutting hair or nails, using scented products, and engaging in marital relations.

3. Tawaf

Upon arriving at the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, you’ll perform Tawaf, which is the circumambulation of the Kaaba seven times, counter-clockwise. This act signifies the unity of believers in the worship of the One God.

4. Sa’i

After Tawaf, you’ll perform Sa’i, walking back and forth seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwa. This ritual commemorates Hagar’s search for water for her son Ishmael and symbolizes the struggle and devotion in one’s faith.

5. Halq or Taqsir

To complete Umrah, men either shave (Halq) or shorten (Taqsir) their hair, while women cut a small portion of their hair. This act represents a physical manifestation of spiritual renewal and purification.


Performing Umrah is a profound act of faith that requires preparation, reverence, and dedication. By following these steps, you can ensure your pilgrimage is performed correctly and brings you closer to Allah.

Remember to frequently recite the Talbiyah throughout your journey, reflecting on the significance of each step and seeking the blessings and mercy of Allah.

May your Umrah be accepted and your efforts be rewarded with a deeper connection to your faith and the Almighty.

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