Umrah’ literally means’ visiting a populated place.’ Although less relevant than Hajj, Umrah is highly recommended in Islam and can be performed throughout the year at any time, except for Hajj’s five days. Similar to Hajj, which is an obligation and one of the five foundations of Islam, this pilgrimage is not mandatory for every Muslim. Each Umrah, however, is an atonement for the sins committed between him and the next and has its own religious advantage for the pilgrim.
Today, with the help of umrah packages that include flights and hotel accommodations, Muslims living in different corners of the world can make their journey to the holy city of Makkah and perform their’ lesser pilgrimage.’ They can also choose from a wide range of packages based on seasons and some months of the year, enabling them to travel to the Holy City and accomplish their pilgrimage as they please. Some key considerations to choose an ideal package are as follows:
Choose a convenient month: if schools in the United Kingdom (UK) are closed and the working class enjoy long weekends and holidays, there are certain periods of the year. December is one of those months. The Christmas season gives Muslims living in the UK plenty of chances to visit Makkah and perform their Umrah. From the cost-effective December umrah packages, they can choose to embark on an unforgettable journey to Saudi Arabia’s holy city to fulfill their lesser pilgrimage.
Book well in advance: pilgrims to Makkah are constantly flowing. In the busier seasons, getting hotel accommodations becomes extremely difficult and flight ticket prices are rising significantly. It is therefore best to schedule their journey months in advance for Muslims living in the UK. They can book their January umrah packages several months earlier if they decide to go in the month of January. This would also allow them on such packages to receive some enticing discounts.
Stay close to Masjid Al-Haram: Pilgrims have the comfort to enter Masjid Al-Haram and comfortably conduct the rites of Umrah with accommodation in any of the hotels near the Holy Mosque. Kaabah’s warm-hearted views and the feeling you get while you’re closer to the holy site are beyond description. If you have to get the preferred accommodation in such hotels, it is always best to check if the package offers accommodation in any of these hotels and then book it beforehand.
Recently, when searching online, one always comes across many travel portals and websites that sell hajj and umrah packages. Others offer a limited number of packages, while others have a range of packages listed on their websites and grouped by the months and seasons, such as Ramadan.
Some valuable information about Umrah can also be found on some of these pages by UK Muslims. Such data is of tremendous benefit to first-time Umrah performers. Once the package details are carefully reviewed, they will book a suitable package based on the time of the year they want to go on the pilgrimage, the package price, and the flights and hotel included in the package.