The Islamic pilgrimage of Umrah is also known as the ‘lesser pilgrimage’ or the ‘minor pilgrimage’ as the major pilgrimage is Hajj. It is obligatory for all Muslims to perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially capable. Performing Umrah is not an obligation for Muslims, but it is of great significance for them, as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Hajj can be undertaken only in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, but the lesser pilgrimage can be performed at any time of the year.
Some of the Muslims residing in the United Kingdom choose to perform their Umrah in November and to make this happen, they rely on the packages for the minor pilgrimage offered by several travel companies based in the country. Most of these companies specialise in the religious tours of Hajj and Umrah and have many years of experience in helping numerous Muslims of the country fulfil their dream of performing these pilgrimages. Such packages not only help them perform their lesser pilgrimage without any hassles but also give them enough time to explore some of the important Islamic sites located in and around Makkah.
One of them is a unique mosque near the Jannat al-Mu’alla, which is known as the Masjid al-Jinn or the ‘Mosque of the Jinn’. The ‘jinn’ or ‘genies’ are spirits or demons that existed in the early Arabian era according to Islamic theology. The Masjid al-Jinn has been built at a place where a group of jinn had gathered to hear Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recite a part of the Holy Quran one night. Later, they embraced Islam when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) met with the leader of this group and accepted their oath of allegiance. With the November Umrah packages, the pilgrims would get the opportunity to visit this mosque, which is one of Makkah’s important mosques.
The opportunities for Umrah November month offer for the UK Muslims can be a wonderful blessing for them, as they can book any of their desired packages and visit the important places during their stay in the holy city. Besides the Masjid al-Jinn, there is yet another mosque that the pilgrims would like to visit. This mosque is the Masjid-e-Taneem, which is located at a distance of about 5 miles from the Holy Kaabah. It is also known as Masjid-e-Ayesha, as it was here that Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) wife Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) had entered the state of ‘ihram’.
Mount Abu Qubais is yet another important site worth visiting for the Muslims of the UK who are in Makkah to perform Umrah. It is located on the eastern frontier of the holy city and is considered to be a sacred mountain. Many believe that it was called Al Amin during the days when the region was inhabited by pagan Arabs. According to the Islamic traditions, this is the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had performed the miracle of splitting the moon into two halves and then joining them together again.
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