Umrah Guide for Women:
There is often confusion about how to perform Umrah for ladies, clear all of your concepts before starting your holy journey. Setting on the spiritual journey of Umrah is a momentous occasion in the life of every Muslim and Muslima. And every Muslim that comes to these Holy Places wants to perform each and every ritual of this holy pilgrimage in the right way with attention and devotion. In this scenario, it is important for every individual who has decided to embark on this holy odyssey to have complete information and guidance for performing the Umrah.
Umrah rites and rituals are almost the same for men and women, but there are some differences. In this article, I will guide you about how to perform Umrah for ladies. So, read this article till the end at the end of this reading you will have a clear picture of Umrah’s performance for ladies.
Step-by-Step Guide for Women Umrah Performance:
Step #1 Make Niyyah (Intention):
Make sincere intentions before going to perform Umrah. Before entering in Majid Al Haram perform Niyyah and Talbiyah. Purity of intention or Niyyah is more important than all other things. There are many Hadiths present that emphasize the purity of intention. Said beloved Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) that
Actions are judged by Motives (niyyah) so every man will have exactly what he is intended for.Hadith
So, purify your intentions to perform this umrah just for the sake of seeking Allah’s will and happiness. Read this dua before entering into Masjid Al Haram, for starting Umrah.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أُرِيْدُ الْعُمْرَةَ فَيَسِّرْهَا لِيْ وَتَقَبَّلْهَا مِنِّيْ
Allahumma Innee Ureedul Umrata fa-Yassirhaa lee wa Taqabbal-haa Minnee.
O Allah, I intend to perform Umrah, so accept it from me and make it easy for me.
After performing niyyah you will recite Talbiyah which is praise of Allah. Talbiyah is like a chant or slogan that Muslims perform during Hajj and Umrah. This shows the love and sincerity of servants of Allah Almighty with their creator.
لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ، لَبَّيْكَ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ لاَشَرِيْكَ لَكَ
“Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am. Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners.”
Step #2 Entering into the State of Ihram:
Wear the Ihram, the standard simple and loose fitting, modest clothing for women that covers their whole body. Before entering into the state of Ihram, it is necessary to clip the nails, clean the body, and wear the ihram (it is an abaya that covers the whole body, in loose-fitting without any embellishment). Perform two Rakats of Salah on entering into the Masjid Al Haram.
Make sure not to use any embellishments or attractions you should use in your Ihram. You can not use any jewelry, makeup, fragrance, or nail paint. It is better for you to choose a white abaya, it is the best option for you, on scorching sunny days in Saudi Arabia. A loose white gown is the best solution, it gives a feeling bit of relief as compared to dark-colored gowns. Make sure to cover your head during performing this holy pilgrimage.
Step#3 Taharah (Purity):
Taharah or Purity is base of all worship. Perform an ablution with utmost care and sincerity. It is best for you if you want to shave or trim your hair before entering into the state of Ihram. It is best to clip your nails before entering into the state of Ihram.
Umrah Rules for Ladies:
Step#4 Tawaf (Circumambulation of the Kabba):
Here is the turn of the ritual of Tawaf. There are seven circles around the holy Kabba, that we have to complete during Tawaf in the anticlockwise direction. Women walk at a slow pace unlike men, they are not demanded to walk at high speed. But comfortably with grace. During tawaf recite Talbiyah, and make your heart prayers. After completing circumambulation, ladies perform two rakats of prayer in front of Maqam Ibrahim (Ibrahim station).
Step#5 Sai (Walking between Safa and Marwa):
After saying two rakats, drink the water of Zamzam. After this woman goes to Safa and Marwa for Sai. Walk slowly between Safa and Marwa, in remembrance of Hazrat Hajra who ran between these two mountains for his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (A.S). ladies start by climbing the hill of Safa. Make supplications and lots of prayers with devotion, while Sai is between Safa and Marwa.
Step#6 Trimming or Shaving Hair:
After returning from Sai, women trim their hair, the size of a half-fingertip. This is to show your humility and humbleness in front of Allah Almighty. Unlike women, men have to trim the hair of the complete head.
Step#7 Tahallul (Release from Ihram):
After shaving and cutting the hair it’s time to remove Ihram. At this stage, ladies are released from ihram, and now they can wear other clothes. Mabrook!! you have completed the Umrah. you can perform more prayers and go for ziarat during your stay after completing Umrah.
What to pack for umrah woman?
There is a list of things that a woman should take into consideration while packing for the holy pilgrimage of Umrah. you should include Ihram clothing (Abaya), weather-appreciated modest clothing garments, comfortable footwear, a prayer rug, a prayer mat, unscented soap, toothpaste, wipes, toothbrush, sanitizer, painkiller, an electric kettle, (if you like tea or coffee), towels, money, passport, documents, power bank, charger, personal care items, snacks, travel pillow, blanket, tasbih or counter, water bottle, undergarments, umbrella, notebook, pen, sim card, sewing kit, and patience and tolerance.
What to do if you get periods during Umrah?
Women can’t perform umrah during menstruation or periods. You can’t enter into a masjid when you are in the state of menstruation, so stay at your hotel or residential area. If you got periods during your tawaf or any other ritual, leave the masjid immediately and come back until menstruation is over.
Is it necessary to take a bath after Umrah for Ladies?
It is not mandatory to take a bath after performing Umrah. As you are already in the state of purification. If a pilgrim either a woman or a man wants to take a bath, he can take it. But it is not compulsory to take a bath for a man or woman after performing umrah.
How to avoid periods in Umrah?
There are several types of tablets available in medical stores, that change your hormones. That avoids periods during Umrah. For example, Norethisterone Tablets are used for hormonal control of the menstrual cycle. You can discuss with your physician, one to two months before going to Umrah, and they can suggest medicine according to your health conditions.
Can a woman perform umrah alone?
Some scholars believe that women who are in safe company or with a trusted group of people. Can go to perform the Hajj or Umrah Pilgrimage without Mahram.
Wrapping up How to Perform Umrah for Ladies:
The Umrah Pilgrimage is one of the most beautiful and spiritual voyages to the holy cities of Makkah and Madina. Before setting on this extravagant and Holy journey of your life educate yourself about all the rites and rituals of this odyssey.
I hope so, after read this artical your all quries fixed about, how to perform Umrah for ladies. But, Still if you have any confusion please let us know through comments. Thanks for reading!
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