Steps to Perform Umrah 2017

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Steps in Performing Umrah:

If a pilgrim wishes to perform Umrah, he should take bathe before taking on Ihraam. He should perfume himself with the best fragrance he can find. There is no harm in what remains of it after Ihram.

Aiming For Umrah 2017:

Bathing for Ihram is Sunnah for both men and women. After bathing and preparing himself, a pilgrim, prays the required prayers. Otherwise, he performs two Rakat Prayers.

When he finishes his prayer he makes intention for Ihram and says:

لبيك عمرة، لبيك اللهم لبيك، لبيك لا شريك لك لبيك، إن الحمد والنعمة لك والملك لا شريك لك

“Here I am for Umrah–here I am, Oh Allah, here I am. Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no partner.” [Talbeeyah].

A man raises his voice when saying this and a woman says it so that only one beside her may hear her.

Arriving At Makkah:

When a pilgrim arrives to Makah it is better to take bath as The Prophet Mohammad (SAW) did and when he comes in the Holy Mosque he puts forth his right foot first and says:

بسم الله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، اللهم اغفر لي ذنوبي، وافتح لي أبواب رحمتك، أعوذ بالله العظيم، وبوجهه الكريم، وبسلطانه القديم من الشيطان الرجيم

“In the name of Allah, may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. Oh Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the doors of Your mercy. I seek refuge in Allah the Almighty and in His Eminent Face and in His Eternal Dominion from the accursed Satan.”

Kissing the Black Stone:

He then approaches the Black Stone, touches it with his right hand and kisses it if it isn’t possible to kiss the Black Stone, he touches it with his right hand and then kisses his hand and if this isn’t possible he should face the Black Stone and point to it and he should not kiss his hand.

These days, especially in Hajj season it is very difficult to approach the Black Stone and kiss it and it is best not to push and shove, causing harm and being harmed by other people.

Starting Tawaf:

When starting Tawaf, a pilgrim should say the following:

بسم الله والله أكبر، اللهم إيماناً بك، وتصديقاً بكتابك، ووفاء بعهدك، واتباعاً لسنة نبيك محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم.

“In the name of Allah, Allah is the greatest. Oh, Allah, with faith in you, belief in Your book, loyalty to you, compliance to the way of your Prophet
Muhammad–may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.”

He must walk, keeping the Ka’bah on his left. When he reaches the Rukn Al Yamani he should touch, but not kiss it, if this isn’t possible do not push. Between the Rukn AL Yamani and the Black Stone the Sunnah is to say:

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ اللهم إني أسألك العفو والعافية في الدنيا والآخرة

” Our Lord, grant us good in this life and good in the hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hell-fire. Oh Allah, I beg of You for forgiveness and health in this life and in the Hereafter.”
Each time he passes the Black Stone he should say:

الله أكبر

“Allah is the Greatest.”

Walking Through Safa & Marwah Valley:

After completing tawaf the pilgrim must offer two Rakat prayers and he should return to the Black Stone and touch it, if convenient. He goes out to the Mesa’a and when he nears As-Safaa he recites:

(إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِنْ شَعَائِرِ اللَّه)

” Verily As- Safaa and Al-Marwah are among the shrines of Allah” [2:158].

He ascends As-Safaa until he is able to see the Ka’bah. Facing the Ka’bah and raising his hands, he praises Allah and makes any supplications he chooses. The Prophet–may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him–prayed thus:

لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل شيء قدير. لا إله إلا الله وحده، أنجز وعده، ونصر عبده، وهزم الأحزاب وحده

Three times, supplicating in between.

He descends As-Safaa and heads for Al- Marwah at a normal pace until he reaches the green marker. He should then run fast until the next green marker. He continues toward Al- Marwah at a normal pace. When he reaches it, he ascends it, faces the Qibla, raises his hands and repeats what he said on As-Safaa. He descends Al-Marwah heading towards As-Safaa, taking care to walk where walking is designated, and run where running is designated.

He continues this procedure until he completes seven laps. Going from As-Safaa to Al-Marwah is a lap and returning is another lap. During his Sa’yi he may recite what he wills of supplications, recitation of Qur’an, and mentioning Allah.

Completion of Umrah 2017

In completion of Sa’yi he shaves his head. A woman clips her hair the length of a finger tip. Shaving is preferable, except when Hajj is near and there isn’t sufficient time for hair to grow back. In this case it’s best to clip so that hair will remain for shaving during Hajj. With that, Umrah is completed. And a pilgrim is free to dress in other clothing, wear perfume and engage in marital relations, etc.

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