Umrah cultural etiquette: A guide for Bangladeshi pilgrims

Performing Umrah is a spiritual journey that requires physical preparation and an understanding of the cultural and religious etiquettes that ensure a respectful and fulfilling experience. As pilgrims travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, it is essential to adhere to the practices and customs that reflect the sanctity of this journey. Hijaz Hajj & Umrah Kafela are here to guide the pilgrims from Bangladesh through the important Umrah cultural etiquette.

Umrah cultural etiquette

Purity of intention

Before embarking on Umrah, purify your intention (Niyyah). Ensure that your Umrah is solely for the sake of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala), devoid of any worldly motivations or desires to show off. A sincere intention sets the foundation for a spiritually enriching journey.

Sincere repentance (Tawbah)

Engage in sincere repentance from all sins, both major and minor, and any disliked (makrooh) actions. Tawbah involves:

  • Ceasing the sinful act immediately.
  • Regretting past misdeeds and seeking Allah’s forgiveness.
  • Resolving not to repeat the sin.
  • Rectifying any wrongs done to others by seeking their forgiveness and returning anything taken unlawfully.
Sincere repentance (Tawbah)

Fulfillment of obligations

There are several obligations for Umrah pilgrims. Settle any debts and fulfill obligations before departure:

  • Pay off debts or appoint someone to handle them on your behalf.
  • Return any deposits or borrowed items.
  • Fulfill religious obligations such as Zakat, Kaffarah, and Qadha (Qaza).
  • Write a will and ensure your family has enough provisions during your absence.

Seeking forgiveness and resolving disputes

Seek the pleasure and forgiveness of your parents and resolve any disputes with relatives. Clear any misunderstandings and ensure your departure is marked with the blessings and goodwill of your loved ones.

Knowledge of Umrah rituals

Learn the rules and rituals of Umrah thoroughly. It is obligatory to understand how to perform Umrah correctly. Carry a comprehensive guidebook and familiarize yourself with the rituals and supplications (du’a) to ensure your worship is accepted.

Ensure halal income

Ensure that all your provisions are Halal. Take sufficient money for your needs and for giving charity (Sadaqah) to those in need. Halal earnings and provisions bring blessings and acceptance to your acts of worship.

Knowledge of Umrah rituals

Choosing a righteous companion

Travel with a righteous companion who adheres to Islamic teachings. A good companion can help you perform the rites correctly, guide you if you err, and remind you when you forget. This companionship enhances the spiritual quality of your journey.

Performing salat before departure

Before leaving your home, pray two Raka’ats of Salat, reciting Surah Al-Kafirun in the first Raka’at after Surah Al-Fatihah and Surah Al-Ikhlas in the second. This prayer invokes Allah’s blessings and protection for your journey.

Supplications for departure and travel

Recite the du’a for leaving the house:

"بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ، لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللهِ"

(In the name of Allah, I place my trust in Allah, and there is no might nor power except with Allah).

When boarding a vehicle, recite the travel dua:

"سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّا إِلَى رَبِّنَا لَمُنْقَلِبُونَ. اللّهُـمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى"

(Glory be to Him who has made this subservient to us, for we had not the strength for it, and indeed to our Lord we shall return. O Allah, we ask You on this journey for righteousness and piety and deeds that are pleasing to You...).

Increased remembrance of Allah

Throughout your journey, engage in Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), Istighfar (seeking forgiveness), recitation of the Qur’an, and making du’a for yourself, your parents, and loved ones. Perform prayers in the congregation (Jama’ah) whenever possible.

Respect for sacred land

Be extremely careful not to commit any Haram (forbidden) acts Masjid al haram in Makkah, as sins are multiplied in this sacred land. Allah says: "...Whoever intends a wrongdoing therein, We will make him a taste of a painful punishment"
(Surah Al-Hajj 25).

Observing proper conduct

Observing proper conduct is very crucial during your stay in the holy city. While in Makkah and Madinah, observe proper conduct by:

  • Dressing modestly and appropriately.
  • Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.
  • Avoiding loud conversations and respecting the sanctity of the holy sites.
  • Showing patience and kindness to fellow pilgrims.
Final remarkt

Following these cultural etiquettes ensures that your Umrah is performed with the utmost respect, sincerity, and devotion. By following these guidelines, you enhance your spiritual experience and gain the maximum benefit from this sacred journey. Hijaz Hajj & Umrah Kafela wish you a blessed and spiritually fulfilling Umrah. May Allah accept your ibadah and grant you His infinite mercy and blessings.

Frequently asked questions

Having a pure intention (Niyyah) ensures that your Umrah is performed solely for the sake of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta'ala). It eliminates any worldly motives or desires to show off, making your pilgrimage spiritually enriching and acceptable to Allah.

Seeking forgiveness from parents and relatives ensures that you depart with their blessings and clear any disputes or misunderstandings. This act of humility and reconciliation is essential for a spiritually successful Umrah.

A righteous companion who adheres to Islamic teachings can help you perform the rites correctly, guide you if you err, and remind you when you forget. This companionship enhances the spiritual quality of your journey.

Yes, it is recommended to pray two Raka’ats before leaving your home. In the first Raka’at after Surah Al-Fatihah, recite Surah Al-Kafirun, and in the second, recite Surah Al-Ikhlas. This prayer invokes Allah’s blessings and protection for your journey.

Recite Takbir (Allahu Akbar) when ascending and Tasbih (Subhan Allah) when descending. This practice keeps you connected to Allah and mindful of His greatness throughout your journey.

Apply for an Umrah visa and experience the hassle-free journey to the city of Makkah.

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