Making pilgrimage to the Holy land of Makkah-al-Mukarramah and Medina-al-Munawwarah and performing Hajj and Umrah is the ultimate dream and once-in-a-lifetime experience of every practicing Muslim and indeed it requires a long-term planning from making intention (neeyyah) to making yourself mentally and physically stable and arranging financial means to perform the journey.
The journey could end to be tedious and exasperating in case of selecting a travel agent with inappropriate travel deals. Make sure you select the one which covers all your needs during the journey without going over budget. Having a peaceful pilgrimage with all its spirituality is only possible if all your travel needs are fulfilled by your travel agent in right time and manner.
Get yourself educated about the rituals and the sequence in which they are to be performed, the dos and don’ts, the sacred places to visit, how to wear Ihram, where to stay in Makkah and Madinah and other matters which might help you in your sacred journey. Getting knowledge of Quran and Ahadiths on matters of Hajj and Umrah, attending classes for training of pilgrims or talking to someone who had already been there are the best ways to train yourself about the whole process of Hajj/Umrah. As Allah SWT says in Quran:
“Hajj is [during] well-known months, so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of Ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj. And whatever good you do – Allah knows it. And take provisions, but indeed, the best provision is fear of Allah. And fear Me, O you of understanding.” Surah al-Baqarah .
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