10 PIECES OF ADVICE BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR UMRAH
Some people may be heading out for the spiritual journey of a lifetime soon, so I just wanted to take a moment and give a few pieces of advice for those who will be traveling soon to perform the beautiful Umrah journey. The following pieces of advice are amongst those that I received and some that I thought of while I was abroad in the sacred sites:
- Do your homework
Learn about Makkah and Madinah. Learn about Umrah. I did eventually come across a nice book on Umrah entitled, “The Ultimate Guide to Umrah.” Also, make a copy of your passport and important documents and email them to yourself and your loved ones so you have a copy if something goes awry.
- Company makes a man
If you are going with other people, then make sure they are good people. A company makes a man, and it’s true when you are in the sacred sites as well. Having good company can make a lasting impact on your journey.
- Know the rules of Ihram
There are simple rules that people can violate without thinking. For example, know that you can’t use scented soap when in ihram, so try to get some unscented soap before you leave. Another rule is that you can’t cover your head with your ihram (for men).
- Barber hygiene
At the conclusion of Umrah, it is customary for men and women to cut their hair. For men, don’t just cut a snip of your hair. Instead, cut your hair all around, even if you don’t want to shave it. If you do decide to shave it (recommended), then make sure the barber whom you visit uses a brand new disposable blade.
- Take some Vaseline
This advice is specific to men. When you are in a state of ihram, you aren’t wearing any boxers or underwear. Your legs will chaff and Vaseline can make a world of a difference.
- Visiting the Rawdah
The best time to visit the Rawdah in Madinah is at night time. The Rawdah is a piece of paradise found in the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah. It is floored with green carpet and so it is easy to identify but difficult to take advantage of.
- Visit the sites in Madinah
The best time to visit the sites in my opinion is in the morning time sometime between sunrise and Dhuhr prayer. You can visit places like the site of the battle of Uhud as well as Masjid Quba, which is the first masjid built by the Prophet Muhammad. Don’t forget to pray 2 rakats in Masjid Quba and reap the reward of Umrah while you’re there, insha’Allah!
- Contact back home
If you have a smartphone, you can download apps like Viber or MagicJack that make it easier to call home for free on WiFi, which is available in some hotel lobbies.
- Talk with people
Ask them where they are from. I met people from countries I never expected to meet people from. There are people from all over the world. Makkah and Madinah are places of gathering for people from all over the world.
- Make dua
Simple to say, but very important to do. Make dua for yourself, for others, for the entire Ummah. You are blessed with being in such a spiritual place. Take advantage of that beautiful spiritual high and make lots and lots of dua, insha’Allah!
Have a beautiful journey. May Allah accept from you, Ameen!
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