Although Hajj and Umrah are the Islamic pilgrimage and are performed in the similar places,…
Hajj and Umrah
There are two types of pilgrimages in Islam: Hajj and Umrah. Hajj, also known as the great pilgrimage, is one of the five pillars of Islam and compulsory for every Muslim man and woman to perform, given that he/she can afford it and is physically fit enough to do it. Umrah, also known as the lesser pilgrimage, is not compulsory, yet highly recommended. Many people do the Umrah first as it can be done at any time of the year and is less expensive, this type of Umrah is called al-Umrat al mufradah as it is independent of Hajj. The other type of Umrah, Umrat al-tammatu, is performed with the Hajj, in the sense that the rituals are performed right before the Hajj.
Many foreign as well as local Arabian organizations offer special Hajj and Umrah packages to those who wish to perform Umrat al-tammatu, and also to those who wish to perform Umrah and Hajj at separate times but in the same year. There are even special Hajj and Umrah Travel Agents who only deal with Hajj and Umrah Travels. There are many different types of packages that cater to your each and every need; from your plane ticket to your accommodation and even arrange guided tours for you. There are also many types of discounts for students, families with children and people travelling in larger groups. Besides that you can choose a premium or economy travel and the type of hotel you would like to stay at. For Umrah done separately, prices also differ depending on the time of the year you choose to do it at.
Organizations such as Eaalim Travel have special packages and discounts for British citizens and residents and a separate team of Travel Agents to deal with them. You can contact the agents personally depending on which part of the United Kingdom you live in.
Now that you are aware of all the different benefits that you can receive I hope you find the package most suited to your needs and desires. Once you have contacted a Travel agent and worked out the details of your package, you can start your holy journey without any worries or troubles. The only thing that will be on your mind is your connection with Allah and nothing else will bother you. On that note, I would like to wish you a pleasant journey and an amazing spiritual experience.