Preparing for Umrah: Step-by-step guide
Preparing for Umrah is not just about physical arrangements; it's about nurturing your soul and heart and anticipating the spiritual journey that lies ahead.
Before embarking on the sacred pilgrimage of Umrah, Muslims are encouraged to set their hearts on the profound act of Niyyah, or intention. The Niyyah for Umrah is a heartfelt commitment to embark on this spiritual journey solely for the sake of Allah, seeking His pleasure and blessings.
Attaining a state of Ihram
Before commencing the journey, pilgrims must enter the state of Ihram, a sacred state of purity and devotion. This involves wearing the designated white clothing for men and dressing modestly for women. During Ihram, certain actions are prohibited, such as cutting hair or nails, using perfume, and engaging in arguments or harmful behavior.
Talbiyah is a profound and sacred invocation recited by Muslims during the pilgrimage of Hajj and Umrah. Derived from the Arabic word "labbayk," meaning "here I am," it reflects the pilgrim's humble response to Allah's call to embark on this spiritual journey.
لَبَّيْكَ اللهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ - لَبَّيْكَ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ - إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ - لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ
Pronunciation: Labbayk allahumma labbayeek, labbayeeka l’aa sharika laka labbayeek, innal-ḥamda wan-ni’mata, laka wal-mulk, l’aa sharika lak.
Engaging in spiritual preparation
Preparing for Umrah requires more than just physical arrangements. Pilgrims are encouraged to engage in spiritual preparation by seeking forgiveness, reading the Quran, and increasing acts of worship in the days leading up to their departure.