Umrah is one of the pilgrimages that Muslims perform by visiting the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The major pilgrimage and one of the five pillars of Islam is Hajj, which is accomplished in Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month in the Islamic calendar. When compared to it, Umrah is called the 'lesser pilgrimage' or the 'minor pilgrimage'. Umrah can be performed at any time of the year by Muslims who are physically and financially capable for making the journey. Unlike Hajj, which is an obligation for all Muslims, Umrah is not compulsory. However, it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and carries immense spiritual rewards for the pilgrim who performs it.
Although Muslims residing in the United Kingdom (UK) can go for the minor pilgrimage in their preferred month, many choose to perform Umrah in Ramadan as it is considered to be of special importance. This can be understood from the fact that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had once said that an Umrah performed in the month of Ramadan is like going on Hajj with him. This is the reason why Muslims across the world desire to accomplish their minor pilgrimage in the holy month.
Muslims living in the UK have to make a long journey from their place of residence in the country to the holy city of Makkah to perform their lesser pilgrimage. This journey in the holy month is made possible with a range of Ramadan Umrah packages offered by various travel companies in the UK. Most of them have been providing such tours for decades and can truly make this journey affordable and hassle-free for the Muslims based in this country. In recent times, many of them offer the ease of booking such packages online through their websites.
It happens quite often that Muslims in the UK postpone their plans of embarking on a journey to the holy city of Makkah to perform their minor pilgrimage owing to lack of adequate finances. As the benefits of Umrah Ramadan offers are tremendous, many of the UK Muslims desire to go to Makkah for their lesser pilgrimage during the holy month, but are unable to do so owing to their tight budgets. It is advisable that they book their packages well in advance with the travel companies that offer significant discounts for early bookings.
While choosing these packages, the UK Muslims must go through the benefits offered in them. They must also choose a reliable tour operator or travel company that has been authorised by the Hajj Ministry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Another factor that they must consider before booking their packages for Umrah is the number of years that their chosen company has been in operation. They must always go with the company or tour operator that has been providing the religious tour of Umrah for more than a decade. It also helps in making comparisons between the benefits offered by different companies and booking with the one that scores high in reliability, cost-effectiveness, and the number of benefits offered.