Umrah is undertaken by numerous Muslims across the world as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is also known as the ‘minor pilgrimage’ or the ‘lesser pilgrimage’ often when compared to the Hajj, which is a major pilgrimage in Islam and compulsory for all the able-bodied and financially-capable Muslims. This lesser pilgrimage is not mandatory, but it brings immense spiritual rewards to the pilgrim who performs it. Umrah involves lesser rituals than Hajj and is usually accomplished within a few hours. It can be performed at any time during the year, while the Hajj is performed in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah.
The atmosphere for Umrah January month offers for Muslims of the United Kingdom is extremely pleasant. During this time of the year, it is winter season in Makkah and pilgrims arriving from the UK would find the climate in this holy city ideal for performing their minor pilgrimage. It would also give them the opportunity to escape the harsh winter climate of their home country and accomplish their Umrah in the presence of a pleasant weather. They’ll be able to complete all the rituals associated with the minor pilgrimage with greater convenience in this month. During their stay in the holy city after performing their Umrah, they can also visit the local markets to buy some souvenirs and visit the important Islamic sites.
One of the sites they can explore with their January Umrah packages is the Jabal al-Noor, which is located in Saudi Arabia’s Hejazi region near Makkah. The mountain is home to the ‘Cave of Hira’, which is of great significance for Muslims of the world, as it is the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had spent much time in solitude and in deep contemplation. It was in this cave that he received his first revelation of the Holy Quran.
Another important mountain that the UK Muslims can explore with an Umrah in January is the Mount Arafat. It is also known as the ‘Jabal al-Rahmah’, which literally translates as the ‘Mount of Mercy’. This mountain has a height of about 70 metres and is the place from where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had delivered his ‘Farewell Sermon’ towards the end of his life to the individuals who had accompanied him for the Hajj. It is also believed to be the place where the first prophet, Adam (peace be upon him), was forgiven for his sin.
Muslims of the UK can also visit a sacred mountain located on the eastern frontier of Makkah, which is known as Abu Qubais. It is believed to have been called al-Amin during the times when the region was inhabited by the pagan Arabs. This mountain is also believed to have been the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had shown the non-believers a miracle of the moon breaking into two parts and the two halves getting together again. He had shown this miracle to the pagan Arabs to make them believe that he was indeed the prophet.
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