Taking Children to Umrah: Basic Tips and Advice

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Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year, in contrast to the Hajj. It’s a once in a lifetime journey for many Muslims, and therefore it needs to be perfect. This is why a lot of people are sceptical about taking children along with them on the journey. One of the biggest reasons for being wary is that there is a part of Umrah where men and woman are separated from each other – in the Masjid An Nabawi and Masjid Al Haram. At this point, women are expected to take responsibility of the children. It’s a busy place, and therefore families are worried about losing children within the crowds. As a company who provides high quality and affordable Umrah packages for 2015, we are aware of some of the difficulties that may arise when taking children to Umrah. However, we believe …Continue reading →

Ramadan Explained

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As Muslims, there are many practices we have to observe, both in our everyday lives and at certain times of the year. As you will have seen from our previous post, Ramadan is one of the most prominent celebrations in Islam, and here we will explain why it is so important to our lives and the symbolism of each of the practices involved in Ramadan. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month to fast. It is also a time to give up bad habits and to grow stronger in faith by praying regularly and reading more passages from the Holy Qur’an. This celebration is very important in Islam, as it was during the month of Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet. It is considered to be the most sacred month in the Islamic …Continue reading →

The Five Pillars of Islam (Part 2)

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In the first part of this series, we looked at The Five Pillars of Islam. These pillars are compulsory acts in Islam that are considered to be the foundation of Muslim life. These acts are seen as being extremely important to all those who practise Islam, which is the reason why we think it’s essential that they are understood properly. We have already covered the first two: Shahadah and Zakat. This part will see us look at the next two pillars of Islam. Salat: Prayer   Salat is the Islamic prayer, which consists of five daily prayers. These may be performed anywhere, whether you are at home or work, but a mosque is the preferred place. There are a series of positions that must be followed whilst reciting the prayers, which include bowing, standing and prostrating. The names of each of the prayers are assigned due to the time of …Continue reading →

The Five Pillars of Islam (Part 1)

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The Five Pillars of Islam are fundamental principles in the Muslim faith, and are a series of compulsory acts that all Muslims must undertake in their life. Each pillar is considered very important in the everyday life of those who practise Islam, and therefore all Muslims should take the time to understand each pillar very carefully. Here, we will discuss some of the pillars of Islam, their importance in everyday life and how practising Muslims should go about ensuring that they have completed each of these acts, all of which are summarised in the hadith of Gabriel. Shahadah Shahadah is very important, as it is the declaration of faith and trust that there is only one God: Allah (SWT). It is also the declaration that Muhammad is God’s messenger. This is done by saying a set statement in Arabic, which translates as “there is no god but God (and) Muhammmad …Continue reading →

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Umrah

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If you are undertaking Umrah this year, you may be a little intimidated and unsure of what to expect. Here at Qibla Travels, our Umrah packages for 2015 are designed to make sure the process is as easy as possible, and we want to make you feel completely prepared before you go forward with your holy pilgrimage. What is Umrah? Umrah, as defined in the Sharia, involves a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform Tawaf around the Kaaba, and then perform sa’ay between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah. Umrah is designed to cleanse one’s soul of past committed sins, and although the Umrah is not strictly compulsory for Muslims to perform, it is highly recommended that they do so. It is also advised to do Umrah more than once in your lifetime, as this allows you to cleanse your soul of sins committed since your last Umrah. Performing Umrah is also …Continue reading →

Qibla Travels Announces Umrah Packages for 2015

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At Qibla Travels, we pride ourselves on providing the very best Hajj and Umrah packages for Muslims in the UK. Thousands of pilgrims choose our assistance each and every year, travelling using our extensive range of package deals. It is with great pleasure that we announce our Umrah packages for 2015, and we’re confident that they’ll cater to all budgets and requirements. Economy Umrah Packages 2015 Our economy packages are designed to give pilgrims the opportunity to take part in Umrah at a very low cost. Like all of our packages, you are able to choose between a 7-night, 10-night and 14-night stay, with your stay being divided between two hotels in Makkah and Madinah respectively. In Makkah, you will stay in the Jawharat Al Eiman Hotel. This hotel is comfortable, includes basic facilities and is conveniently located just 750 metres away from the Holy Mosque, making it the ideal …Continue reading →

The Basics: Tawaf and Sa’ay

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In a previous blog, we talked you through Ihram, the first stage of your Hajj. There are many stages you will pass through during the course of your Hajj, and the second is the tawaf and sa’ay. In this blog, we will talk you through everything you need to know about this stage, ensuring that you feel completely prepared for your upcoming pilgrimage. Tawaf Tawaf involves walking seven times around the Kaaba, the most sacred location in Islam, in an anti-clockwise direction. Upon your arrival at Masjid al-Haram, you will perform a welcome tawaf, which is also involved in Umrah. Pilgrims will walk a path around the Kaaba which includes Hateem, which is the name of an area north of the Kaaba. When beginning the circuit around the Kaaba, pilgrims are to kiss or touch the Black Stone (Hajar Al-Aswad). However, if this is not possible then pilgrims may point …Continue reading →

The Modern Day Hajj

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The first Hajj was completed in the year 62 by the Prophet Muhammad, and a lot has changed since then! Not so long ago, Hajj was something that Muslims would spend years saving for, only embarking on the pilgrimage in later life when their children were independent and their finances secure. However, in recent years many more Muslims find themselves able to perform the pilgrimage earlier in life, with the influence of the modern world threatening to penetrate the spirit of Hajj. Increasing Numbers One of the greatest changes from the ancient Hajj to that of the modern day is the sheer number of people who make the pilgrimage every year. In 2014, over 2 million pilgrims embarked on the journey to Mecca, compared to the small number of followers that travelled with Muhammad on the first Hajj. Due to the huge numbers, the Saudi government have had to enforce …Continue reading →

The Basics: Ihram

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During your Hajj, there are many stages through which you will pass. The first of these stages is Ihram which is the sacred state every Muslim must enter before they are able to perform the rituals required to complete Hajj. We will take a look at some of the basics of Ihram so you are well prepared to complete the holy pilgrimage. Clothing One of the key elements of Ihram is the clothing which is worn by both men and women. Stitched clothes are forbidden, so men must wear two white seamless clothes, leaving some areas of the body uncovered. Women are not to wear the Burqa or Niqab as they must not cover their faces during Hajj. Instead, they wear a dress that covers their bodies, leaving the hands and face uncovered. Behaviour During Ihram, a Muslim is expected to put aside all thoughts of day-to-day life, and focus …Continue reading →

A New Generation: Young Hajji’s

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In the past, Hajj was something that people would have to save for, for many years. It would seem that now things are starting to change, with many more young pilgrims embarking on their journey to Mecca. Many young Muslims find that they are unsure if they should make the Hajj now as a young person, or wait until they are older, wiser, and possibly a ‘better Muslim’. It is often believed that to make the Hajj, and for it to be accepted, you must be the ‘perfect’ Muslim. However, more and more young Muslims will complete the pilgrimage, as it is an obligatory act of Islam. If you are able to make the journey to Mecca, it should not be delayed until later in life. The BBC looked at some stories of Young Hajji’s in their article, ‘Young at Hajj’ including 17 year old Lubaaba Amatullah who made the …Continue reading →

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