Performing Umrah

1. When you reach the prescribed Station (al-miqat), make ghusl (a shower or full washing of the whole body), use perfume if available, and then put on the two-piece garment of Ihram (Izar and Rida\’), which preferably should be of white cloth. This applies to men only. A woman also makes ghusl but she does not use make up, and she may wear any clothes she has available as long as they do not display her adornments; she should be completely covered except for her face and hands. Then make your intention to perform \’Umrah by saying; Labbayka \’Umrah. or: Labbayk Allahumma \’Umrah, as follows: ( ) \”Labbayk, Allahumma. Labbayk. Labbayk. La shareeka laka. Labbayk. innal-hamda wan-n\’imata laka wal-mulk. La shareeka lak\’.\” (Here I am at Your service. O Lord, here I am. Here I am. No partner do You have. Here I am, Truly, the praise and the favor is Yours, and the dominion. No partner do You have.) Men should utter this aloud while women should say it silently. Repeat this talbiyah frequently, and engage in the praise of Allah, in supplications for forgiveness, and in the enjoining of what is good and forbidding of what is evil.

2. When you reach Makkah, make seven circuits (Tawaf) around the Ka\’bah, beginning at the Black Stone with takbir (utterances of \”Allahu akbar\”) and ending each at the same place. While making your (Tawaf) you may praise Allah and make supplications to Him in any words you please. It is preferable to end each with the words: ( ) \”Rabbana, atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil-akhirati hasanatan wa qina adhaban-nar.\” (Our Lord, give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Fire.) After completing the seventh circuit, pray two rak\’as behind the Station of Ibraheem (Maqam Ibraheem) if it is possible, even though you may be a little far from it. Otherwise at any other place within the Sacred Mosque.

3.When you climb on the Marwah, praise Allah and do as you did at as-Safa, repeating your supplications, if you can conveniently do so, three times. There are no required formulas or supplications for Tawaf and Sa\’i. It is up to the worshipper to praise Allah or supplicate Him in his own words, or he may recite portions of the Qur\’an, with due regard to the supplications which the Prophet (peace be on him) recited during the performance of these rites.

4. After Sa\’y, end your \’Umrah by shaving or shortening your hair. After this, the prohibitions pertaining to the state of Ihram are lifted and you may now resume your normal life. If you are doing Hajj Al-Tamattu\’ the sacrifice of a sheep or the seventh part of a camel or a cow becomes obligatory for you on the Day of Sacrifice (the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah). If you cannot afford this sacrifice, it is obligatory for you to fast ten days, three of them during the Hajj and seven after returning home. If you are performing hajj al-tamattu\’ or Hajj al-qiran, it is preferable to fast these three days before the Day of \’Arafat (the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah).