Every year millions of Muslims from around the world visit Makkah for performing sacred pilgrimage Hajj and Umrah. Muslim do tawaaf (circumambulation) most sacred site of Islam, the cube shaped Holy Kaaba located in the city Makkah of Saudi Arabia, and all pilgrims together take part in a series of prescribed rites and rituals with intention to bring about greater unity and humility among all pilgrims.
Umrah is not obligatory to perform but in religion Islam performing umrah has great importance, the Hajj is obligatory to perform and this is also the pillar of Islam, all able-bodied Muslims who are financially and physically afford to perform minor or major pilgrimage are required to perform at least once in their whole life. Pilgrimages are great opportunity to wipe out and clean past committed sins and start new life by spending life in righteous way. With pilgrimages Muslims deepen their faith, and start living virtuous life.
Hajj and Umrah both required lots of physical efforts and challenges but Hajj requires more effort than Umrah. Going to Makkah and perform pilgrimage is a dream of every Muslim, many people are financially able to afford pilgrimage more than once and other save their salary and earnings throughout their life to make the sacred journey. Muslims believe that the faith of Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) and Pilgrims trace the path of Wife of Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) Bibi Hajra, who ran between two hills of Safa and Marwa seven times for searching some water for her infant baby Hazrat Ismaeel (AS).
Islamic tradition holds that ALLAH Almighty then provided Her with a spring that runs till now. That blessed water, known as the Zamzam water and that well is well of Zamzam. Water of zamzam is blessed water and it is believed that it possesses great healing powers and when pilgrims return back to their homes after performing pilgrimage they bring with bottles filled with zamzam water as gifts for their friends, family members, relatives and their closed ones.
Islamic tradition tells us that the Holy Kaaba was built by Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) and His Son Hazrat Ismaeel (AS), The House of ALLAH Almighty.
Some advices to carry during pilgrimage:
- Pilgrims are advised to cover their mouth and nose by using tissue paper while sneezing or coughing
- Do not touch your eyes, mouth and nose and without washing your hands because there is danger to be attacked by germs and bacteria
- Wash your hand before eating anything
- Try to do rest wheevr you get time but make sure you are spending your whole time in doing rest and sleeping
- Try to drink plenty of water, preferably water of zamzam, this will lessens the chances of dehydration.
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