Every action of Umrah has its own spiritual essence
Every act of Umrah has spiritual essentials. Below is a brief description of it:
A journey to respond to his majesty's call
Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.),
the father of the Muslim nation, along with his
son Hazrat Ismael (A.S.) rebuilt the Kaaba on
the instructions of Almighty Allah. Then he stood on the top of Abu Qubays hill and issued the
invitation of Hajj on behalf of Allah by Allah's command.
The invitation of Ibrahim (A.S.) was immediately conveyed to the people all over the world by tha Almighty Allah.
By His spirit, people from all over the world respond to the call and say "Labbaika Allahumma Labbaik". Since
then, this journey to the Kaaba has continued.
A study of the exegesis of the Holy Qur'an and historical texts reveals a clear picture of the beginning of Hajj
and Umrah and the involvement of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) in this event. It is essential for a Hajj and Umrah
traveler to take to heart the principles underlying Hajj and its beneficial and extensive results.
All the travelers on the holy path
Almighty Allah created man and jinn
for His worship. Through this worship,
servitude, and obedience the creation attains closeness to the Creator. Umrah is also one of the best ways to get
close to Allah. Believers around the world observe this provision
in relation to his guidance. Repeated journey
of this holy path
keeps people free from sins.
Removes the exploitation of human hearts.
Realization of visit to historical memorials
Umrah is referred to as
'al-Hajjul Asghar' or 'the small Hajj'. The
literal meaning of which is
to visit or journey. In the rites of Umrah, an Umrah traveler completes the obligatory acts of Ihram, Tawaf of the Baytullah or the
holy Kaaba, Safa-Marwa Sa'i, and shaving the head or cutting the hair short.
Moreover, in this sacred journey, he was able to understand the history of the reconstruction of the Holy Ka'ba,
the historical significance of Sa'i in Safa-Marwa, the history of the cavity of Zamzam,
the prayer of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) for the
settlement of Makkah, etc.
In addition, Umrah pilgrims become interested in praying for the imminence of Almighty Allah by observing various
historical illustrations including
Hijr or Hatim area, Arafat,
Ihram: The first lesson of spirituality
Umrah travelers perform Umrah by wearing Ihram clothes. He is appearing in the court of his great Lord. So he will
prepare himself with utmost care for the holy work in the holy place. Before Ihram,
he can take a bath and
apply good perfume.
As if the devotee is going to the presence of the dearest. Dressed in the white costume of Ihram, the Umrah
traveler renounces materialism and all trappings of worldly status. This simple garment serves as a symbol of the
mutual equality of believers and a reminder of the transitory nature of life.
Talbiya: Everything is temporal except Allah
The words uttered by Umrah travelers wearing Ihram clothes are
'Talbiya'. Freeing himself from all the
preoccupations of the world, he announces his presence. He is praising the Almighty Allah. He declares that
all blessings and dominion belong to Him alone, and He has no sharer in it. He is announcing-
I am present, O True God! I am present.
Spirituality of Tawaf
By Tawaf of the holy Ka'ba, the Umrah-performer gains important virtues.
His sins are forgiven. Good deeds are given at every step. The Umrah traveler seeks only the pleasure of his master to attend his court. Tawheed is his whole being.
In the last two rak'ahs of Tawaf, the recitation
of Surahs based on Tawheed from
Rasulullah (PBUH) is found. At this time, the prayer of the Umrah traveler is only for the satisfaction of Allah
and the effort to become His beloved servant.
Proclamation of Allah's greatness while performing Sa'i in Safa and Marwa
It is a legislative duty for Umrah travelers. The relationship that is created here between servant and master. In
addition to expressing the greatness of Allah, Umrah pilgrims can make all the prayers in their hearts. We can
from the ideals of Rasulullah (PBUH).
The last act of the Umrah ritual is to shave the head or cut the hair short. Through this the Umrah journey
completes the formalities of the journey.