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How to perform umrah.

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What are the DOs and DON"Ts while performing Umrah?


Is that true that hair fall is sin after Ihram?


Give a good suggestion to perform fully and completely without leaving any thing during my Umrah on Ramadan time.


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How to perform umrah

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Your Question: What are the DOs and DON"Ts while performing Umrah?

Respected brother in Islam, the Umrah pilgrimage, like all the other rites of Islam is extremely simple and beautiful. Rest assured that other than the normal difficulties of travel, etc., the rites of Umrah itself are very basic and simple; and at all times you will have access to hundreds, if not thousands of believers in the Sacred House who will be more than happy to help and assist you to fulfill your noble intention of performing Umrah.


What we can do here is give you a synopsis of what to expect and what needs to be done to fulfill and honor the rites of the smaller pilgrimage of Umrah to the Sacred House of Allah Subhanah.


  1. Wherever and however you might come towards Makkah (by air, sea, or land), at the point of ‘Meeqat’ (if by air, it will be announced in most flights), you need to purify yourself with ghusl or wudu, pray a two rakah voluntary prayer at the ‘Meeqat’, wear only the garments of ‘ehram’, and make intention to perform the Umrah by declaring ‘Labbayka Umrah’ (Here I am to perform Umrah (O my Lord)). Please note that once you make the intention, you will be in the state of ‘ehram’ until after the full performance of Umrah rites and some things which are normally permissible become impermissible for one in the state of ‘ehram’; namely,
  1. cannot apply perfume
  2. cannot cut or clip nails
  3. cannot cut or clip any body hair
  4. cannot have sex


  1. After you have declared your intention for ‘Umrah’ and adorned the garments of ‘ehram’, it is Sunnah to recite as much as you can the following supplication and testification as taught by the Messenger of Allah (saws):

‘Labbayka Allah humma labbayk. Labbayka laa-shareeka laka labbayk. Innal hamda, wan-nehmata, laka wal mulk, laa-shareeka lak.’


(Here I am O Allah, Here I am. Here I am (O Allah), You have no partner, Here I am. All Praise is due to you, All blessings are from you, Sovereignty is Yours Alone. You have no partner (O Allah))


  1. When you reach your accommodation in Makkah and if you need rest or need to use the restrooms, there is absolutely no harm. Revalidate your state of wudu (if necessary) and enter the Sacred Precincts of the Sacred Mosque and the absolute first thing one should do is approach the ‘Hajar Aswad’ (Black Stone) and start the ‘tawaaf’ or seven anti-clockwise circumambulation of the Kaaba by either kissing or touching the Black Stone, and if there is too much rush by simply pointing towards it, and declaring ‘Bismillah Allah-o-Akbar’ (In the Name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest). It is Sunnah for the believing males to leave uncovered or bare the right shoulder and to slightly jog for the first three rounds of ‘tawaaf’. The believing women are neither to jog nor uncover their shoulders. Please note that ‘wudu’ is an obligatory requirement for the ‘tawaaf’.
  2. Except for the specific supplication between the last stretch of the Kaaba, ie. between ‘rukne Yamani’ and ‘Hajar Aswad’, there are no specific or particular dua one needs to recite during the ‘tawaaf’. One may praise The Lord Most High and supplicate the Lord Most Merciful in any language and words in the ‘tawaaf’. It is Sunnah to recite this supplication during the last stretch of each ‘tawaaf’ between the ‘rukne Yamani’ and the ‘Hajar Aswad’:

‘Rabbana aatena fid-dunya hasanah, wa fil-aakherate hasanah, wa kena adaab-an-naar. Wad khilna Jannataka ma-al abraar, Ya Azeezo, Ya Ghaffaar.’

(O our Lord, give us the good in the world, and give us the good in the Hereafter, and save us from the torment of the Hell Fire. And (O our Lord) enter us into Your Paradise with the righteous, O The Most Powerful One, O The Most Forgiving One.)

5. Each time you pass the ‘Hajar Aswad’, it constitutes the end of one ‘tawaaf’. It is Sunnah to kiss or touch the Hajar Aswad, but if there is too much rush, it would suffice to simply point towards it and start the next tawaaf until you complete seven circumambulation of the Kaaba.

6. Upon completion of the ‘tawaaf’, pray the Sunnah two rakah voluntary prayers near the ‘Maqaam-e-Ibraheem’ which is located opposite the main door of the Kaaba.

7. It is Sunnah to drink the ‘zam-zam’ water after the prayer.

8. Then approach the Mount Safa and start the ‘Sai’ or the walking of seven times between the Mounts Safa and Marwah. There are set of green lights between these two mounts, and it is Sunnah for the male believers to do a slight jog between these two green lights. There are no particular or specific duas or supplications which have to be recited during the ‘Sai’; one may praise Allah, recite the Quran, or supplicate Allah as much as one wills.

9. Upon completion of the Sai at Mount Marwah, praise and supplicate Allah as much as one desires, the males are to shave or have a hair-cut, and the females are to cut a few centimeters of hair, which marks the completion of the Umrah rites.

10. The Umrah is complete and all the restrictions which were enjoined in the state of ‘ehram’ are now lifted.


Your Question: ….Is that true that hair fall is sin after Ihram?

If in the state of ‘ehraam’ for pilgrimage one’s body hair happens to fall by itself, there is absolutely no harm and no sin.


But if one intentionally cuts, clips, or removes one’s body hair while in the state of ‘ehraam’, it would indeed violate the restrictions of being in the state of ‘ehraam’ …..and one would be required to give a ‘kaffarah’ or ‘damn’ (atonement) of one sacrifice for their violation.


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