Umrah before Haj with the intention of combining Haj and Umrah. Abandon Uhram after Umrah with no slaughter of an animal. Resume Ihram on the 8th of Zul-Hijja.
Perform Umrah and Haj combined with or without animal sacrifice. Ihram maintained throughout.
Ihram adopted with the intention of Haj only.
The Islamic pilgrimage of Umrah is a wonderful opportunity for Muslims to benefit spiritually. Many of the Muslims living in different parts of the globe embark on a journey from their place of residence to the holy city of Makkah every year for this reason. Performing this ‘lesser pilgrimage’ is not an obligation, but it is highly recommended, as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It can be performed at any time of the year and can be accomplished within a shorter period of time when compared to Hajj, as this pilgrimage involves a lesser number of rituals.
A wide range of Umrah packages offered by tour operators based in the United Kingdom gives Muslims living in the country the chance to fulfill their dream of performing the lesser pilgrimage. The prospective pilgrims can have greater savings by booking any of these packages several months earlier. However, in order to book the desired package well in advance, they need to be absolutely certain about the date of departure and the number of days they intend to spend in Makkah. Once they are certain about these aspects, they can go ahead and book the package.