Meaning of Umrah

What's the meaning of umrah is the question asked many. They can be muslim or non-muslim. 

Umrah or omra is an Arabic word. Direct traslation is "to visit a populated place".

In Islam umrah is an act of worship.  Umrah is performed at masjid al haram in mecca. 

Unlike hajj which is mandatory act for muslim who can afford it, umrah is not a fard. Umrah is a sunnah which mean non-mandatory act of worship.

The difference between umrah and haj is that. Haj is performed only in a specific month in Islamic calendar. It is the month of Dhul haj.

Umrah can be performed through out the year.

To complete an umrah.

These are the main steps to complete an Umrah.

  • Clean your self
  • Niyyat 
  • Enter the state of ihram
  • Perform tawaf
  • Perform sai
  • Clip off hair

One should have an niyyat or intention

Person should enter the state of ihram before miqat. State of ihram is to get clean physically by showering cutting nails and cleaning and spiritually by repenting. Woman can wear anything modest while not allowed to cover face. Men have to wear two pieces of instilled material. 

Miqat is boundary specified in the Islamic law where one should be in the state of ihram to perform a umrah. One should enter the state  of ihram before miqat. 

Perform tawaf around Ka'aba

Is to walk seven rounds around Ka'aba anticlockwise.

Perform sai from mount safah to mrawah

Is walk/run across safah mrawah 7 times.

Clip hair for woman and shave hair for men.

And this should be performed in an order

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