وَأَتِمُّوا الْحَجَّ وَالْعُمْرَةَ لِلَّهِ

“And complete the Hajj or ‘Umrah in the service of Allah.” (Quran 2:196)

Like Hajj, ‘Umrah is a journey of the body, heart and soul. It is a journey back in time to the era of Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH). Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismail (PBUT) laid the foundations of the Ka’abah. The peak of the Ka’abah’s history is when our Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) removed the idols, which the pagans had placed there, and rededicated it as a mosque for the worship of Allah alone. Now in the 21st  century, we can look back at this history and feel connected to the prophets through the performance of Hajj and ‘Umrah.

Unlike Hajj, the required rituals of which extend over several days and various sacred sites, the rituals of ‘Umrah are confined to one place, and could be completed in a mere few hours.

    Having said this, the real test in both journeys remains the same; this blessed voyage is all about testing your patience. 

    Remember, this is not a vacation per se. It is a test! So prepare for the worst and pray for the best.

Themes of ‘Umrah:

  • Patience
  • Duaa
  • Prayers
  • Servitude
  • Dedication
  • Certainty
  • Submission

Prohibited things during the state of Ihram:

  • Hair cutting
  • Nail clipping
  • Intimate relations
  • Servitude
  • Using scents/fragrances on body and clothes
  • Hunting
  • Wearing tailored garments (men)
  • Covering the face (women)

Steps of Umrah

1. Ihram

2. Tawaaf

3. Sa’i between Safaa and Marwah

4. Shaving/trimming hair

Travel Tips

(Do's)

  • 1. Dress modestly/comfortably
  • 2. Comfortable walking/running shoes (men and women)
  • 3. Slippers/Sandals for men during Ihram (most of the feet must be exposed)
  • 4. Always carry a small pack bag to carry shoes, water bottle and other necessities
  • 5. Caps/hats/shades/small umbrellas
  • 6. Bring a fall jacket/scarf/ shawl as Madinah gets cold over-night

(Dont's)

  • 1. Bring valuables
  • 2. Keep all medication in the same bag in case bags are lost or delayed

Landmarks

In Makkah

1. Ghaar Hiraa
2. Jabal Thawr
3. Mina/Arafaat/ Muzdalifah
4. Jabal Thabir

In Madinah

1. Qubaa Mosque
2. Al-Qiblatayn Mosque
3. Jabal Uhud
4. The Seven Mosques
5. Al-Baqee’ Cemetery

Maps & Diagrams

Umrah Shopping List

Food

  • Snacks (dry fruit, granola bars, biscuits, energy bars). Do not get anything that can melt in the heat such as chocolate. (You can always buy or get more in Madinah/Makkah)
  • Gatorade/Electrolyte powder

Medicine (better to bring from Canada)

  • Cough syrup
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tylenol/Advil
  • Allergy medication
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Imodium
  • Dry eye drops
  • Gravol
  • Throat lozenges (Halls/Ricola)

Electronics (better to bring from Canada)

  • Unlocked mobile phone
  • International adapter
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Chargers/wires

Hygiene (You can always buy or get more in Madinah/Makkah)

  • VASELINE/corn flour/starch
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Laundry detergent in ziplock bag
  • Band aids
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Soaps, Shampoos Deodorant, etc
  • Unscented Soap for time in Ihram
  • Unscented baby wipes will be your best friend (better if flushable)
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bath towel
  • Hand Towel
  • Disinfectant alcohol
  • Unscented sunscreen

Clothing suggestion for Men (apart from your regular clothing items)

  • Belt for Ihram (buy in Madinah/Makkah)
  • Money belt while in Ihram (buy in Madinah/Makkah)
  • Your most comfortable sandals/flip flops to wear while in Ihraam. (bring from Canada)
  • Comfortable pair of running shoes. There will be a lot of walking and running shoes are essential in non ihraam days. (For EVERYONE) (bring from Canada)
  • Rimmed hat to block the sun during site seeing

Literature

  • Pocket size Quran
  • Highly suggest you download the Umrah Salam App
  • Journal/Pen
  • Dua books

Miscellaneous

  • A draw string bag (you get this at the dollar store, or any athletic store) this will be your bag for shoes, water bottle etc while going to the Masjid. – A bag will be provided by VisaEnterprise, and it will include an Ihram for men, two-piece hijab/skirt for women. However, you can bring your own if you want to
  • Large water bottle. There will be a lot of walking. Therefore, before setting out it is essential to drink a reasonable amount of water and to stay hydrated as much as possible
  • Little pouch to wear around your neck/chest for phones, keys, and money (can get it from a dollar store, or travel suitcase section in Walmart)
  • Umbrella (small retractable size is ideal)
  • Eye cover shades and earplugs (bring from Canada)
  • Hajji mat (you can buy this in Mecca/Madinah)
  • Snacks such as energy bars (do not get anything with chocolate coating it will melt)

Documents

  • Photocopy of your passport and vaccine books
  • ID badges provided by Visa Enterprise
  • Hotel business cards, in case someone gets lost

Documents

  • Average spending shouldn't exceed $600 for the trip (doesn't include personal shopping), not all of the hotels have safes in the rooms. If you run out of money you can use local ATM machines with your Canadian debit card. It is better to exchange your money in Madinah/Makkah Exchange outlets for better rates. Only exchange at airports if you really have to and for smaller amounts
  • Do not bring any valuables such as expensive watches, jewelry etc.

Registration Form

Registration Process: (First Come First Served)

Visa Application & Payment Forms

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