Summarised Description of Umrah

مختصر صفة العمرة

Summarised Description of Umrah Based on the Works of Shaykh Abdul Aziz At-Tarefe

First Step: Entering into the State of Ihram

Ihraam means having the intention of starting the rituals of Umrah.

Bathing before entering the state of Ihram is Sunnah.

The one intending to perform Umrah should say:

لبيك عمرة

“Labbayka ‘umratan”

(Here I am for ‘Umrah)

Pronouncing the Talbiyah is Sunnah according to the majority of the scholars.

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ لَبَّيْكَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَكَ

“Labbayka Allaahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Inna al-hamd wa’l-ni’mata laka wa’l-mulk, laa shareeka lak”

“Here I am at Your service. O Allah, here I am at Your service, here I am at Your service. There is no associate with You; here I am at Your service. Verily all praise and grace is due to You, and the sovereignty (too). There is no associate with You.”[1]

One who is performing Umrah should stop saying the Talbiyah when he reaches the Black Stone.

 NOTE

 It is obligatory for one to put on their Ihraam before entering the Miqaat.

If one enters into the state of Ihram from his residence which is before any

of the Mawaqit then that Ihram is accepted.

Second Step: Tawaf Around the Ka’bah Seven Circuits

Wudu’ (ablution) is not obligatory for Tawaf (circumambulation).

It is obligatory to begin the tawaf from the black stone.

One should keep the Ka’bah on his left and not on his right.

It is obligatory to make seven rounds around the Ka’bah.

He should touch the Stone with his right hand and kiss it; if he cannot kiss it then he should touch it with his hand and kiss his hand. If he cannot touch it with his hand then he should face the Stone and point to it with his hand and say “Allaahu akbar”, but he should not kiss his hand.

Performing Ramal (walking in a fast pace for the first three rounds of Tawaf) is Sunnah, and there is no Ramal for women.

Uncovering the right shoulder (idtibaa’) from the beginning of Tawaaf until the end is Sunnah. This is done by placing the middle of the Rida’ (upper garment) beneath the right armpit and the ends of the Rida’ over the left shoulder.

One is to say the Talbiyah until they reach the Ka’bah.

A woman should recite in such a manner that those who are beside her can hear it, unless there is a man beside her who is not one of her Mahrams, in which case she should recite it quietly.

It has been legislated that at the time of Tawaf to remember Allah and to make supplications and to stay away from that which may harm the people Tawaf.

Speaking about worldly affairs or teaching something beneficial whilst performing Tawaf is allowed and there is no problem in that.

Third Step: Praying Two Units of Prayer After Performing Tawaf behind the Maqaam (station) of Ibrahim

It is Sunnah to pray two units of prayer behind the Maqaam of Ibrahim.

If it is not possible to pray directly behind the Maqaam then one can pray anywhere in the Masjid.

Fourth Step: Performing Sa’i between Safa and Marwah Seven lengths

Wudu’ is not obligatory for Sa’i.

Starting Sa’i from mount Safa is obligatory.

Sa’i consists of seven circuits, walking from Safa to Marwah counts as one.

Performing each circuit from Safa to Marwa consecutively is Sunnah

One is to remember Allah and make supplications whilst performing the Sa’i.

When one reaches the green marker he should run quickly without disturbing anyone. When he reaches the second green marker, he should walk normally until he reaches al-Marwah.

It is Sunnah to look at the Ka’bah when upon Mount Safa.

Supplications and Words of Remembrance Whilst On Safa and Marwa

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كَلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ أَنْجَزَ وَعْدَهُ وَنَصَرَ عَبْدَهُ وَهَزَمَ الأَحْزَابَ وَحْدَهُ

There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allah, One, there is no partner with Him. His is the Sovereignty. to Him praise is due. and He is Powerful over everything. There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allah, Who fulfilled His promise, helped His servant and routed the confederates alone.[2]

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كَلِّ شَىْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

‘There is none worthy of worship in truth except Allah, One, there is no partner with Him. His is the Sovereignty. to Him praise is due. and He is Powerful over everything’ – then make a long supplication and repeat that.[3]

No supplications or words of remembrance have been legislated upon completion of the Sa’i.

Fifth Step: Shaving or Trimming the Head After Sa’i

 It is Sunnah for men who have completed the Sa’i and are performing Umrah to shave their whole head.

Women should cut the length of a fingertip from their hair.

End of Umrah

All Praise Is Due to Allah and His Blessings and Peace Be Upon His Prophet, His Family and His Companions.

 Compiled by Mohammed Ibrahim Hussain (Research Center for Hadith)

Revised by Moynul Islam (Graduate of Madinah Islamic University)

Based on the book Sifatu Hajj an-Nabi ﷺ of Shaykh Abdul Aziz bin Marzouq At-Tarefe.

References:

[1] Sahih: Recorded in Sahih Bukhari (no. 1184).

[2] Sahih: Recorded in Sahih Muslim (no. 1218a)

[3] Sahih: Recorded by Bayhaqi (5/94).

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