Many Muslims all over the world dream of performing Umrah by visiting the holy city of Makkah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is called the ‘lesser pilgrimage’ or the ‘minor pilgrimage’; as the major pilgrimage is the Hajj, one of Islam’s five pillars. The major pilgrimage is an obligation for all the physically and financially capable adult Muslims and has to be performed by them at least once in their lifetime. Umrah is not mandatory when compared to Hajj, but many of the Muslims choose to perform the lesser pilgrimage as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and brings certain spiritual benefits for the pilgrim.
Despite the earnest wish of Muslims living in the United Kingdom to perform the minor pilgrimage, not all of them are able to do so owing to financial constraints. Although this problem still exists, the ones with tight budgets can now look forward to getting cheap Umrah packages with the presence of various tour operators or travel companies in different parts of the country. Every year, they come up with some excellent offers that make the packages affordable for numerous Muslims in the UK to fulfil their dream of performing Umrah.
A search on the internet would give Muslims residing in the UK several options to choose from. In the search results, they would come across Umrah packages offered by many of the travel companies or tour operators. Upon making detailed comparisons between the packages made available in the searches, they can choose the one that suits their budget and preferences. Before proceeding further, they must check whether the company they are booking their package with is reliable and has a proven track record in customer satisfaction. They must also verify whether the travel company or tour operator is authorised by the Ministry of Hajj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The rise of the internet has prompted many of the tour operators or travel companies to increase their presence online. As a result, almost all of them have their own websites. This enables the potential pilgrims to choose an Umrah package with flights easily by browsing through all the available packages on different sections of the site. Some websites are extremely user-friendly and have the packages arranged according to their overall cost. They also have packages arranged according to certain times of the year preferred by most of the Muslims residing in the UK, such as the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Some of the packages offered at lower costs do not include flights, while there are certain packages offered at slightly higher prices that include flights of the leading airlines. The high-end packages include flights as well as all the facilities that are not offered in the other packages. One particular example of the facilities included in such packages is an accommodation in any of the five-star hotels in Makkah located close to the Masjid al-Haram. Pilgrims who book such packages would have greater convenience in visiting the holy mosque and all the other places of importance in the holy city of Makkah.
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