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4 fundamental pillars of Umrah that every individual should know

If you decide to perform Umrah this year, don't pass up the opportunity. Be grateful for the honour of being one of Allah's chosen few. You should thank Allah for providing you with this opportunity and making it feasible for you to afford it. 

Following your important decision, you need to determine how to maximize its benefits. Umrah should be performed in the proper manner to earn maximum rewards and benefits. This comprehensive Umrah guide will guide you step-by-step. Before heading to Makkah for your spiritual journey, it is necessary to learn how to do Umrah.


The first thing you need to know is what is Umrah.

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage that takes place in the holy city of Makkah. An individual can perform umrah at any time of the year, according to the specific dates on Islamic lunar calendars. It is based on the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) and his (Sunnah). Umrah brings Muslims together to renew their faith, seek forgiveness, and pray for their needs. This ritual is said to cleanse one of their sins. After understanding Umrah, let's look at how you can perform it:


According to the Law of Islam, both male and female pilgrimages should enter the state of Ihram, a state of purification achieved by wearing Ihram. This must be done when an individual enters into the meeqat point,


Let's now understand what is meeqat point.

It is the principle boundary for initiating umrah and hajj. Meeqat means 'a stated place'. So umrah pilgrimages should be in a state of ihram before crossing meeqat points.


If one crosses meeqat without assuming ihram then you have to return to meeqat point and then he has to perform his ihram there.


Haj and umrah have 5 meeqat places 


  1. Dhul-Hulayfah     - 450 km
  2. Dhat-irq               - 94 km
  3. Qaran Al-Manzil  - 75 km
  4. Yalamlam            - 92 km
  5. Juhfah                 - 183 km
  6. Masjid ‘Aisha      - 6 km

If you do not return, then you are responsible for cutting an animal and distribution its meet among the poor  people of harm (the holy mosque) 


Before reaching the meeqat point it is sunnah to the one who is performing umrah to remove hairs on the head and underarms as well as pubic hairs and trim his nails and take a bath perfume his body but not his clothes of ihram,


The Umrah ritual consists of four fundamental pillars: Ihram, Tawaf, Sa'ee, and Halq. 


  • Ihram

 The two pieces of unstitched cloth are worn by Muslim pilgrimage to perform minor pilgrimage Umrah.   

  • Tawaf

Tawaf means circling the Kaaba in an anticlockwise direction seven times as it is part of Umrah.    

  • Saee

Saee in umrah refers to walking between the two mountains al-Safa and al-Marwa. 

  •  Tahallul

Once you have completed your umrah’s journey, pilgrims must perform certain activities like men should shave their heads and women can cut hair up to 2-3 cm from all sides.


Next up, we'll explore the 4 fundamental principles of Umrah in our upcoming blog.

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