WHAT IS UMRAH?

The Umrah is a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that can be conducted at any time of the year. Umrah means "to go to a crowded place" in Arabic. Umrah is defined by the Sharia as performing Tawaf around the Kaaba and Sa'i between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah after adopting Ihram from a Miqat such as Zu 'l-Hulafa, Juhfa, Qarnu 'l-Manzil, Yalamlam, Zt-i-'Irq, Ibrahm Mursa, and others. It is also called the 'minor pilgrimage' or 'lesser pilgrimage' because the Hajj is the 'major' pilgrimage and is compulsory for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it. The Umrah is not compulsory but is strongly recommended.