Every year, millions of Muslims living in different corners of the globe embark on their journey to the holy city of Makkah to perform their Umrah. It is also known as the ‘lesser pilgrimage’ or the ‘minor pilgrimage’ when compared to the major pilgrimage of Hajj. One of the five pillars of Islam, Hajj is an obligation for all the Muslims and must be performed at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially capable. The lesser pilgrimage is not obligatory for Muslims, but since it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), it has great significance for them.
There was a time when Muslims living in the United Kingdom had to depend on a few tour operators located in certain parts of the country for making their journey to Makkah for performing their minor pilgrimage. In recent times, many tour operators or travel companies providing the Islamic religious tours of Hajj and Umrah have come up in various parts of the UK. Some of them offer cheap Umrah packages that make the lesser pilgrimage easy and affordable for many of the country’s Muslims who find the journey to Saudi Arabia from their place of residence quite expensive.
Almost all the tour operators or travel companies providing the Islamic religious tours have an online presence today in the form of attractive and user-friendly websites. Muslims of the UK can book their desired packages on such websites by browsing through various sections that have these packages arranged according to their overall costs. They can get cheap Umrah packages by booking their desired packages several months in advance. However, this requires some planning to be done well in advance. Before going ahead with their booking, the UK Muslims must take into account the available budget, the departure dates, and the amount of time they are willing to spend in the holy city of Makkah.
Muslims residing in the UK can also book Umrah packages according to their preferred time of the year. The websites of travel companies or tour operators offering the Hajj and Umrah tours also have the packages arranged according to certain months, such as December and January. This would be beneficial for those who are looking forward to performing their lesser pilgrimage at a certain time in a particular month that would be the most convenient for them. Some of the prospective pilgrims may also choose certain occasions like Christmas or Easter holidays of UK to accomplish their lesser pilgrimage.
Some of the prospective pilgrims who are not concerned about costs can book any of the high-end packages for their Umrah. They are usually placed in the category of 5-Star packages by some of the travel companies, as the accommodations included in them are arranged in 5-Star hotels located close to the Masjid al-Haram. The accommodation offered in such hotels gives pilgrims greater convenience in getting to the holy mosque and allows them to perform all the rituals with complete peace of mind.
Some valuable information on Umrah packages UK Muslims are looking for can be found here.