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Can Women Perform Umrah without Mahram?

Women can now perform Umrah without a male guardian, as per the official call from the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia, on July 2021. However, Umrah for females without mahram is allowed in case they travel in groups and book women only group Umrah packages.

This decision has paved ways for women to enjoy equal rights, and visit the sacred cities of Makkah and Madinah without any worries. To assist these pilgrims and ensure their safety and comfort, there are specific Umrah guide for women. Some tips for women traveling without a mahram include: •    They should be confident enough to take their care and should avoid clothes or perfumes that attract men in any case. •    They should stay in the group at all times and should avoid any conversation with unrelated men. •    They should pray in areas for females and keep a safe distance from men in crowded areas. •    They should not recite Talbiyah- the prayer that is specific for pilgrims- in a loud manner like men.

Women Umrah Packages- The Best Way to Enjoy Sisterhood

With women group Umrah packages, Muslim women can get a chance to perform Umrah together. Women only group Umrah packages help to promote a sense of friendship among Muslim ladies.

Traveling together creates a sense of comfort, and promotes a healthy and supportive community of fellow pilgrims. Women can enjoy a sound bond with one another and enjoy performing the sacred rituals together.

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At Muslims Holy Travel, we believe that Umrah should be accessible to all. That is why, with our women Umrah deals, we offer a perfect fusion of comfort and luxury, with services that ensure an excellent voyage.

Moreover, Umrah for women in groups lowers the costs as they get divided equally among the participants, helping these women to enjoy the best journey while staying on budget. Women group Umrah packages are the best way to enjoy a hassle-free Umrah for ladies.

Women Only Group Umrah Package

With women only group Umrah packages, female pilgrims can get a chance to enjoy a journey that suits well to their needs. They can get access to separate prayer spaces, modest hotels to stay, and a team of female Umrah guides. Every single aspect of their journey is well-curated to create a positive and healthy environment.

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We truly know the unique needs of pregnant ladies on their way to Umrah. That is the reason, we prioritize their comfort in our women umrah packages and keep all the aspects of Umrah for pregnant ladies in view. Our team works closely to assist you with your needs and assure your well-being at all stages.

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Keeping in view the needs of women who want to perform Umrah with mahram, we can offer them special deals that lend tailored support and let them perform Umrah with mahram with much ease and peace of mind. This, performing Umrah with mahram or without mahram is no more a strain, with us.

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Many of the single ladies might be traveling for the very first time and might not be fully aware of the aspects of their Umrah journey.The good news is, with our women only group Umrah packages, we aptly cater to their needs and let them perform the core Umrah rituals with the utmost sense of security and peace of mind.

Umrah Guide for Females

Setting on the sacred path brings in some daunting challenges for the Muslim ladies, especially for those who are performing it for the very first time. In these times, these females might have some needs and would want their Umrah deals to be tailored that way.

To cater to these needs, there are female Umrah guide for women that further elevate the essence of their voyage. Muslims Holy Travel provides valuable resources that cover everything from flight and ticket booking to the Umrah rituals.

Our Umrah guide for ladies covers all the spiritual aspects of the journey while keeping in view all the practical elements such as travel logistics, health, safety, and cultural differences. Our adept team works closely with you, equips you well with all these insights, and helps you embark on a smooth journey.

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Financial safety is one of the utmost concerns of female pilgrims. To promote a unique journey, we ensure a safe environment for all. With our Umrah deals, we offer an inclusive atmosphere where female pilgrims can focus on their spiritual growth without any worries.All of our women group Umrah packages are approved by the Saudi Ministry, and we hold certificates such as ATOL & IATA to ensure maximum financial security of these pilgrims, at all stages. This lets the pilgrims enjoy peace of mind and focus on the core aspects of their Umrah journey without worrying about the costs.

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We are a team of Umrah experts with a sound success record of organizing Umrah for Muslim ladies. Staying true to quality, we transcend beyond logistics and ensure you always enjoy meaningful experiences via our women umrah packages. We are well aware of all the ins and outs of this journey, and thus strive to ensure your satisfaction at all times.

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Umrah Essentials and Preparation Guide for Muslim Women

Umrah Essentials and Preparation Guide for Muslim Women

Preparing for Umrah can be challenging for a woman as you have to take care of everything from family packing to personal preparation. But don’t worry, women pilgrims. You can prepare your Umrah according to what you want to pack and what you should not include. This guide is specifically for women so that they can pack Umrah essentials well and reach Makkah with confidence and comfort.

Performing Umrah is a great opportunity for Muslims to repent for their sins and seek blessings from Allah Almighty while performing rituals. Apart from its significance, have you ever wondered about Umrah essentials? Well, if not, we will discuss them here in detail and provide you with the  ultimate Umrah travel packing tips for Muslim women .

Umrah Essentials Guide for Muslim Women

Packing essential items for your journey is compulsory whether you are going on an Umrah trip or any other tour. Can you survive without carrying your essential items? So, let’s see what women should carry when going on an Umrah trip, regardless of their departure country.

Clothing and accessories for women:

Pack your clothing items according to your stay days and the weather in Saudi Arabia. See the list below:

  • Ihram attires
  • Undergarments
  • Hijabs and Hijab caps
  • Light clothing
  • Sunglasses and sunscreens
  • Hair accessories
  • Blister patches

Personal care items:

Having your personal care items can make your Umrah smooth and refreshed. Although you will get these items from your hotels, you can also bring your own for your daily routine. Look at the below list to add:

  • Toiletries (carry some fragrance-free)
  • Toothbrushes
  • Personal towels
  • Nail clipper
  • Sanitary pads
  • Feminine hygiene products

Electronic devices and chargers:

In today’s digital age, travelling is incomplete without carrying electronic devices. Bring along your:

  • Travel adapter
  • Portable chargers
  • Noise-cancelling earphones/headphones

Sharing your Umrah experience totally depends on digital devices. You can capture your memories and share them with your loved ones. You must download relevant apps that can enhance your Umrah experience.

Additional items to pack:

Other than the mentioned ones, there are some additional items that may be helpful for you. Have a look at below:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Notebook and pen
  • Safety pins
  • Umbrella (will be beneficial during sunlight)
  • Meals and snacks
  • Prayer beads and the pocket Quran

Umrah Preparation Guide for Muslim Women

Now, we will discuss the Umrah preparation guide for Muslim women. After packing the items, it’s time to prepare for your Umrah journey so that you can perform the Umrah rituals correctly. Let’s delve into how you can prepare!

Spiritual Preparation of Umrah for Women:

How do you prepare for the spirituality of Umrah for women? You can do this by practising:

  • Clear intention and purification for Umrah. Intention means Niyyah, which is the core part of your pilgrimage journey. Set your intention and make clear your heart and mind from worldly matters. Remember only the one purpose in your mind: “performing Umrah only for the sake of Allah Almighty.”
  • The main rituals of Umrah are Ihram, Tawaf, Sa’ee, and Qasr. Practice these rituals: Ihram is the name of the state by wearing proper attire; Tawaf is walking seven times around the Holy Kaaba; Sa’ee is again walking seven times around the hills of Safa and Marwah; and the last is Qasr, which is cutting/shaving your hair to marl completion of Umrah.

Physical and Practical Preparation of Umrah for Women:

Your physical preparation is mandatory to conduct Umrah. Think about it if you aren’t in good health for the pilgrimage! Although older and disabled have priorities in this regard, as a healthy person, you should prepare yourself physically to conduct Umrah rituals as a woman.

  • Make a good health and diet
  • Take enough nutrition
  • Do daily exercises
  • Consult with a doctor if needed
  • Do some outdoor activities to have good fitness
  • Increase your stamina
  • Stay hydrated; in short, “listen to your body.”

Helpful Tips for Women during Umrah

  • Travelling with a companion or travel partner is better than solo travel, but you can also travel alone, per the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah rules.
  • Communicate respectfully with other pilgrims and women throughout your Umrah journey.
  • Make sure your menstruation cycle so that you can perform rituals correctly.
  • Keep patience with yourself, and don’t panic in crowded areas.
  • Arrange your financial resources before your departure.
  • Lastly, follow the  best packing tips for your Umrah journey .

We have successfully discussed the Umrah guide to ensure your smooth journey. As a lady, you can make a lasting impact on yourself by having this spiritual journey. May you have the best of your Umrah journey!

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A guide on how to perform umrah for ladies: spiritual journey and rituals.

A Guide on How to Perform Umrah for Ladies

Umrah , the holy pilgrimage to the sacred city of Makkah, is a profound spiritual experience for Muslims around the world. It is known as Minor Hajj and a sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. This pilgrimage holds great significance, offering an opportunity for believers to cleanse their souls, seek forgiveness, and draw closer to Allah. While Umrah is a deeply personal journey, men and women must understand and follow the prescribed rituals and etiquette. In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through the step-by-step process of performing Umrah for ladies, highlighting the spiritual significance of each ritual.

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  • 1 Preparation and Intention (Niyyah)
  • 2 Tawaaf-ul-Qudum (Arrival Tawaaf)
  • 3 Sa’i between Safa and Marwah
  • 5 Tawaaf-ul-Wada (Farewell Tawaaf)
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Preparation and Intention (Niyyah)

To be well-prepared one should not miss to carry Umrah essentials . Before embarking on the journey to Makkah, ladies must be in a state of physical and spiritual purity. Perform Ghusl (ritual bath), wear clean and modest clothing as Ihram, and make a sincere intention (niyyah) for Umrah. The intention should be pure and heartfelt, aligning your focus solely on seeking Allah’s pleasure. Then keep reciting Talbiyah till reaching Masjid al-Haram for Tawaf-e-Kaaba.

Tawaaf-ul-Qudum (Arrival Tawaaf)

Upon reaching the holy city of Makkah, the first and integral ritual of performing Umrah is Tawaaf. Stop reciting Talbiyah before starting Tawaf. The seven rounds of circumambulation around the Ka’bah are performed by walking anti-clockwise while reciting supplications and praises. Ladies should ensure they walk respectfully and at a moderate pace, showing reverence to the House of Allah. And remember the starting point of Tawaf is Hajar-e-Aswad (The Black Stone).

Once done with Tawaf perform two Rakats of Nafl salah preferably behind the Maqam-e-Ibrahim.

Sa’i between Safa and Marwah

After Tawaaf, proceed to perform Sa’i, walking back and forth seven times between the hills of Safa and Marwah. This symbolic reenactment of Hajar’s search for water signifies faith, perseverance, and devotion. Ladies should engage in Sa’i with humility and reflection, reciting prayers and supplications.

Sa'i ritual of Safa during Umrah

After completing Sa’i it is recommended to drink plenty of Zamzam water.

Drinking Zamzam water after Sa'i

Upon completing Sa’i, ladies should trim a small portion of their hair (usually a fingertip’s length. This act of Tahallul symbolizes humility and submission to Allah’s will.

Tawaaf-ul-Wada (Farewell Tawaaf)

Before departing Makkah, perform Tawaaf-ul-Wada, or the Farewell Tawaaf. This is a final act of circumambulation around the Ka’bah to bid farewell to the sacred city. Express gratitude for the opportunity to perform Umrah and make heartfelt supplications for your journey ahead.

Furthermore, make a dua list for each Umrah step so that you don’t miss the opportunity to grant your duas or supplications throughout the spiritual journey.

A Dua Guide for Umrah

The performance of Umrah is a profound and transformative journey for Muslim women. It is a sacred opportunity to draw closer to Allah, seek forgiveness, and rejuvenate the spirit. By following these rituals and guidelines, ladies can ensure that their Umrah experience is meaningful, spiritually enriching, and reflective of their devotion to their faith. As you embark on this journey of a lifetime, remember that your sincerity, humility, and devotion are the keys to a successful and spiritually uplifting Umrah. May your pilgrimage be accepted, and may you return home with a heart full of blessings and a soul purified by the divine experience of Umrah.

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Ustadha Naielah Ackbarali has compiled and recorded a set of free valuable and comprehensive lessons for Muslim sisters who are going on Umra.

Ustadha Naielah Ackbarali has launched a website, Umrah For Women, for sisters who wish to go on Umra but wish to know more about the conditions and rites surrounding the act.

She has recorded a set of seven video-lessons and compiled a further list of additional resources according to the fiqh of the Hanafi madhhab, all for free.

A Letter to Our Sisters from Ustadha Naiela

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate.

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu.

Dear Sister of Faith,

Congratulations on being invited by Allah Most High to perform a blessed umrah inshaAllah. We pray that Allah Most High accepts your umrah and makes it a means to deepen your relationship with Him Most High.

Allah Most High says: And I have not created jinn and mankind except to worship Me. (51:56)

The Prophet ﷺ said: “From one umrah to another is expiation for what comes in between, and ‘al-hajj al-mabrur’ brings no reward less than Paradise.” (Nasa’i)

Undoubtedly, the umrah is a tremendous spiritual opportunity that is filled with special secrets for a heart that is open to its delightful prospects. In today’s times, traveling for umrah has become quite easy and accessible for almost every Muslim. While visiting these holy lands opens a door for more spiritual development, these fruits can only ripen when a pilgrim knows how to utilize her time in a beneficial manner while in Makkah and Madina.

AlhamduliLlah, over the years we’ve been blessed to travel several times to Makkah and Madina, and what we’ve observed is that many pilgrims spend most of their trip trying to figure out how to maneuver through the haramayn or carelessly leave learning how to perform the umrah until the last minute. Some buy umrah guides to casually read, but the truth is that this knowledge must also be coupled with a teacher explaining the rulings in order to affirm a correct understanding of its details.

With the intention to serve the ummah and assist our sisters in the deen in embarking on their spiritual journey, by Allah’s grace we’ve created free umrah videos that cover the fiqh rulings related to the umrah according to the Hanafi madhhab, as well as included the spiritual significance behind many of the umrah rites and modern-day practical tips for women.

We encourage sisters to please take this opportunity of listening to these lessons seriously. The sins committed in Makkah and Madina are multiplied. Carelessly performing the umrah or ‘guessing’ about what one should do is completely unacceptable and irresponsible. Save yourself from making senseless mistakes and save your heart from staying in these holy places in a state of heedlessness.

The first six recordings detail the umrah rites and the last recording discusses how to visit the Prophet ﷺ in Madina. In order to help make things easier, we advise the following:

  • Follow the lesson outline stated on the site. Avoid skipping around and haphazardly streaming through the videos. This could possibly create more confusion and misunderstanding of the rulings.
  • Listen to the recordings more than once BEFORE leaving your home country. Do not wait until last minute to learn about the umrah. Giving yourself adequate time to move through the material will ensure more presence of heart during your trip. You can download the recordings and save them to your devices inshaAllah. The total time for all recordings is approximately 5 hours. The lessons were purposely kept short in order to make it more appealing and easier for listeners inshaAllah.
  • Read the additional resources. The bulk of the knowledge which is needed for the umrah is included in the videos, but we also provided extra reading material to further explain certain points inshaAllah. We also have a QUESTIONS section on the site that answer the most common questions from sisters inshaAllah.

Please excuse any mistakes and wrong that we may have committed while creating this project. We pray that Allah accepts it and that it will be a means to increase the ummah in love and reverence for Allah’s great symbols (sha’aa’ir) and the haramayn.

We humbly request your duas. May Allah accept them and your umrah.

Jazak Allah khayran.

Your Muslim Sister,

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Umrah Without Mahram : Rules, Visa Regulations, And Guidelines For Women

Umrah without Mahram

In Islam, a mahram is one with whom marriage is haram or not permissible . With him, the woman is not obliged to cover her head or body with a hijab or tunic. Such a person can escort a woman or women of his family for Umrah. Umrah without mahram is prohibited under Islamic rules. Also, Saudi Arabia does not allow women to enter the premises without a male accompanying them. According to the Saudi rules, they will not receive an Umrah visa without a mahram. If anyone is found violating the law of the land, she can face deportation.

However, with recent changes in the law, women above 45 can travel in a group with a mahram. Among Muslims, a woman must be afraid of Allah and not defy any regulations. The almighty will accept her prayers and bless her.

Importance of Mahram in Islam

The concept of mahram signifies protection and guardianship. He protects women from the polluting influence and wilderness of the world. People come in huge numbers for Umrah and Hajj , and a woman on her own is almost certain to be pestered by men. Hence, she needs a shelter that a mahram provides. Umrah is a sacred pilgrimage that stands for purity, and preserving the respect of women is the responsibility of mahram.

Umrah for Ladies without Mahram

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Umrah for ladies without a mahram is prohibited. It is for the safety and comfort of a woman in Islam that she must perform the pilgrimage with her husband or a relative accompanying her. While safety is concerned, many scholars have argued for the compulsion of travelling with a mahram. They have suggested that women can also travel in groups and stay safe. However, a trustworthy company of a husband or a male member of the family is widely accepted and is a compulsion for only women travelers below 45 years of age.

Who is a Mahram?

Generally, a mahram is one with whom marriage is illegal in Islam, that is all men related to women by blood. By definition, a mahram can be related to the woman as a:

  • Grandparent
  • Other ancestor
  • Sibling of ancestors
  • Maternal or paternal uncle
  • Child or grandchild of siblings; above 15 years of age

Mahram can also belong to the family of the husband. By this definition, one can be a:

  • Parent, grandparent or ancestor of spouse
  • Child, descendant or grandchild of the spouse; above 15 years of age
  • A male who married a descendant of the spouse
  • A male who married an ancestor of spouse

For older women, a mahram must have reached the age of puberty. But for a girl, who is an adolescent, he should be a sane adult male with capabilities to provide for her financially. He must be able to protect her from the outside world.

Other than this, foster siblings, connected by the same female ancestor, can also accompany a woman as mahram. A sibling who has been nursed by the same mother or relative can escort females for Umrah. A husband, by marriage, is a legal mahram for the entire life of his wife unless divorced.

Rules For Women For Umrah Without Mahram

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If planning Umrah without a mahram in 2021 , women must consider the following rules:

  • She must be above the age of 45 and submit a no-objection certificate from her family to travel in an organised group.
  • She cannot perform Ramal (a ritual of running at a medium pace during Tawaf, circling Kaaba, and Sa’i, a journey that starts from Safa and ends at Marwa) .
  • If the Kaaba is bustling with the crowd, she must maintain a safe distance from everyone, especially men.
  • She cannot recite Talbiyah (a prayer for Umrah) loudly like men.
  • She must not attract the attention of other men in any way.
  • She must stay with her group and not start a conversation with an unrelated male.
  • She must pray in the separate area provided for women. If there is a crowd, she can offer nafl prayers anywhere in Masjid-ul-Haram, after Tawaf is completed.

However, if a woman is travelling with a mahram, the rules are a bit relaxed. She can take part in a number of rituals, provided that she maintains the prescribed code of conduct for clothes and stays with her mahram only.

Muslim woman in abaya

In any case, women must put extra effort and dress according to the code. They must wear an abaya that can cover their body from head to toe and does not reveal the garments inside. Women are also not allowed to wear glittery clothes, scents, jewelry or anything sparkling, which can attract attention from the surrounding. It also prevents the soul from connecting with Allah.

Mentions of Mahram in Quran

“Do not marry former wives of your fathers—except what was done previously. It was indeed a shameful, despicable, and evil practice.”

– An Nisha 4:22

“Also˺ forbidden to you for marriage are your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, your paternal and maternal aunts, your brother’s daughters, your sister’s daughters, your foster-mothers, your foster-sisters, your mothers-in-law, your stepdaughters under your guardianship if you have consummated marriage with their mothers—but if you have not, then you can marry them—nor the wives of your own sons, nor two sisters together at the same time—except what was done previously. Surely Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Umrah comes with rules and regulations that pilgrims must follow to complete their journey. One of the crucial things that every woman traveler must understand is that they cannot travel without a mahram. For every ritual, a woman must be accompanied by her mahram to complete the pilgrimage and lead a hassle-free journey. If intending female pilgrims make plans to travel the most sacred of Islamic cities of Makkah and Madinah for Hajj or Umrah, they must read and adhere to the guidelines and make booking accordingly.

Suggested Read: Planning An Umrah Trip: Everything You Need To Know

Umrah Without Mahram FAQs

Who is a mahram.

In Islam, a mahram is one with whom marriage is haram or not permissible. With him, the woman is not obliged to cover her head or body with a hijab or tunic.

Can you go to Umrah without a mahram?

Umrah for ladies without a mahram is prohibited. It is for the safety and comfort of a woman in Islam that she must perform the pilgrimage with her husband or a relative accompanying her. While safety is concerned, many scholars have argued for the compulsion of travelling with a mahram.

How old should mahram be for Umrah?

When a boy reaches the age of fifteen years, he can be considered as a mahram in Umrah for a female person.

What is the significance of mahram in Islam?

People come in huge numbers for Umrah and Hajj, and an alone woman is almost certain to be pestered by men. Hence, she needs a shelter that a mahram provides. Umrah is a sacred pilgrimage that stands for purity, and preserving the respect of women is the responsibility of mahram.

What are the things that women cannot do during Umrah without Mahram?

Women traveling without Mahram cannot take part in numerous rituals of Umrah that women with Mahram can.

Are there any dress code relaxation for women traveling with mahram for Umrah?

No, one will still have to follow all the dress code while traveling with Mahram.

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Step-By-Step Umrah Guide

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Please listen to all of our video lessons for the full details of each step. 

1.  Prepare one’s body  for  iḥrām  with the  sunna  acts.

  • take a  ghusl , trim nails, brush or comb hair, remove armpit and pubic hair, trim one’s mustache (for men), perfume one’s body (for men), wear new or washed, white, unsewn clothing and special slippers (for men), and pray two  rakaʿāt

2.  Enter into a state of  iḥrām  by making the intention to perform  ʿumrah  in the heart (or aloud)  AND  immediately pronouncing the  talbiya  at least once aloud (but in a lowered voice for women).

  • must be done before passing the designated boundary ( mīqāt ) for the one who lives outside of it  OR  at the Ḥill for the one who is currently in Makkah or lives in the Ḥill
  • all  iḥrām  violations now come into effect

3.  Pronounce the  talbiya  often , especially when one changes from state to state. After chanting it three times, end with  ṣalawāt  on the Prophet ﷺ.

4.  Take a purificatory shower ( ghusl )  before entering Makkah, if able.

5.  Go immediately to al-Masjid al-Ḥarām  upon arriving at Makkah after one settles into the hotel room.

6.  Enter through any door , although entering through Bāb al-Salām is preferable.  Enter with the right foot and make the intention for  naflʿitikāf .

  • one should be in a state of humility, fearing Allah, whilst reciting the  talbiya , completely aware of the tremendous rank of the place one is in, and making much  dhikr , such as ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘La ilaha illa Llah,’ and reciting  ṣalawāt  on the Prophet ﷺ
  • one should be easy-going with the over crowdedness and not complain, think badly of others, or be in a bad mood

7. When the Ka’ba is entirely visible,  raise one’s gaze to the Kaʿba and greet it  with ‘Allahu Akbar’ three times and ‘La ilha illa Llah’. Any supplication made upon sight of the Kaʿba is answered.

8.  Expose the right shoulder  by tucking one’s upper piece of cloth underneath the right armpit and leave it exposed for all rounds of the  ṭawāf  ( sunna  for men only).

9.  Start at the Black Stone  (al-Ḥajr al-Aswād) and  make the intention for the  ʿumrah ṭawāf .  At this point, one stops chanting the talbiya for the rest of the  ʿumrah .

10.  Greet the Black Stone  from afar by raising one’s two hands like in the beginning of the prayer, saying  bismiLlah wa Llahu akbar , and kissing the hands.

11.  Perform 7 rounds of  ṭawāf   in an anti-clockwise direction, starting with the Black Stone and ending with it.   Greet the Black Stone at the completion of each round.

  • this equals 8 greetings in total: one at the start of the first round and one for completing each subsequent round, which are 7

12.  Keep one’s heart and tongue busy with supplications and invocations during the  ṭawāf .  If one is able, one touches the Yemenī corner with one’s right hand or both hands in each round.

13.  Walk in a hastened pace, swinging one’s shoulders, for the first three rounds  and in a regular pace for the next four rounds ( sunna  for men only). Women walk at a regular pace for all rounds.

14.  Perform two  rakaʿāt  of  wājib  prayer for completing the  ṭawāf  in a time that is not disliked behind the  maqām  of Prophet Ibrāhīm (peace be upon him) or any place possible in al-Masjid al-Ḥarām. Men should make sure to cover back their shoulder before praying.

15.  Hang oneself against the Multazam if able.  One places the chest, stomach, and right cheek against it after finishing from the  ṭawāf .

16.  Drink  zamzam  water  to one’s fill.

17.  Greet the Black Stone for the ninth time  if one passes it before doing the  saʿy .

18.  Perform 7 circuits of the  saʿy  starting at Ṣafā and ending at Marwa.

  • keep one’s heart and tongue busy with supplications and invocations during the  saʿy , and greet the Kaʿba each time one ascends upon the mounts of Ṣafā and Marwa by saying ‘Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illa Llah,’ whilst raising one’s hands up towards the sky outstretched

19.  Jog between the green lines  each time one passes it ( sunna  for men only).

20.  Pray two  rakaʿāt  of  nafl  prayer  for completing the  saʿy  anywhere in the mosque.

21.  Shave one’s entire head  (for men only)  or   trim the tips of one’s entire head  (for women) from the hair whose roots grow above the ears. After shaving or trimming the hair, one exits the state of  iḥrām  and the  ʿumrah  is complete.

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How to perform Umrah For Ladies – Detailed Step By Step Guide

If you’re a woman and want to perform Umrah, there are a few things you need to know first. Here is an overview of How to perform Umrah For Ladies . Insha’Allah, this will help make your experience as smooth as possible. 

Importantly, we’ll also discuss some basic tips for staying safe while in Saudi Arabia. Hopefully this post answers any questions you may have and empowers you to take the necessary steps for a successful Umrah journey. Allah SWT knows best!

Table of Contents

What is Umrah

Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia that can be completed at any time of year. It is much smaller in scale than the Hajj, which takes place annually and is obligatory for all able-bodied Muslims. Umrah, on the other hand, is optional but highly recommended for every Muslim who is physically and financially able to do it.

The literal meaning of Umrah is “to visit a populated place.” In Islamic terminology, it refers to visiting the Holy Ka’bah in Mecca.

Benefits and Importance of Performing Umrah

Umrah is not obligatory but it is a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He is reported to have said:

‘Perform Hajj and ‘Umrah consecutively; for they remove poverty and sin as the bellows removes impurity from iron.”’

Reference  :  Sunan an-Nasa’i 2630

This Hadith shows us the great rewards of performing Umrah. Not only does it cleanse us from sin but it also helps remove poverty. How amazing is that?

The beauty of Umrah is that it can be done at any time of year, unlike Hajj which falls on specific dates. This makes it a lot more accessible to people and is one of the reasons why it’s so popular.

How to perform Umrah For Ladies – Umrah Steps by Steps Guide for Women

If you want to know that How to perform Umrah For Ladies correctly The Complete guide are as follows.

There are four Fardth (mandatory steps) of Umrah:

1) Putting up of ihram (outside from baoundary of Miqat)

3) Sa’yee

4) Qasar/ Halaq

Ihram is the name of the special state in which a Muslim must dress and behave when undertaking Umrah or Hajj.

Procedure of Ihram for women

How to perform Umrah For Ladies

Hajj and Umrah ihram for women is very different as compared to men. Following are the steps which should be followed by women to come in state of ihram:

  • Take a bath or do Wudu .
  • Women can wear any ordinary dress while in the state of Ihram. There is no specific dress code for them. However, they should make sure that they are covered properly and do not show any skin but are forbitten to cover their face. They are not allowed to wear niqab that cover their face. But they can use baseball cap with niqab that covers their face.
  • Offer two Rakat of Nafal
  • Last one is make intention of Ihram. You can make intention in your heart or can recite Talbiyah .After that you are in the state of Ihram and you cannot cut your nails, hairs or wear perfume.

Dua for Niyyah of ihram :

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنِّيْ اُرِيْدُ الْعُمْرَةَ فَيَسِّرْهَا لِيْ وَ تَقَبَّلْهَا مِنِّيْ

“O ALLAH! I intend to perform Umrah, please make it easy for me and accept it from me”

Note: Make sure to make niyyah outside from the boundary of “ Miqat “. Those who cross the boundary without niyyah are liable to pay fidyah .

Restrictions of Ihram For Women

When in the state of Ihram, women must adhere to the following rules:

  • They are not allowed to cover their face, except with a baseball cap.
  • They cannot wear nikab (veils that cover the face).
  • They must be covered properly.
  • They cannot wear any type of perfume while in Ihram.
  • They are also not allowed to cut their nails or hair while in this state.
  • They are not allowed to engage in sexual activity.
  • They are not allowed to quarrel or argue with others.
  • They are not allowed to kill small insects or do heartless things.
  • They are not allowed to use foul language.

How to perform Umrah For Ladies

The word  Tawaf  is derived from the Arabic word  Tauf , which means to go round or to circle something. In Islamic terminology, it means going round the House of Allah, which is Ka‘bah. Tawaf is the basically an act of circling the Ka’bah. After getting in state of ihram you have to come in Masjid-al-Haram and perform Tawaf around Kaaba. seven times counter clockwise.

As Masjid -al-Haram is most respectable place, so there are etiquettes and manners to enter in it. Following are the etiquettes of entering in Masjid-al-Haram:

  • First you recite dua of entering in Mosque:

اللَّهُمَّ افْتَحْ لِي أَبْوَابَ رَحْمَتِكَ

Oh Allah, open the gates of Your mercy for me.

  • Read “Talbia” Until you see Baitullah.

اللّهُ أكبر اللّهُ أكبر, لا إلَهَ الا اللّه, اللّهُ أكبر اللّهُ اكبر, و لِلّه الحمدَ

ALLAH is the Greatest, ALLAH is the Greatest, there is no God, but ALLAH, ALLAH is the Greatest, ALLAH is the Greatest, to Him belongs all Praise.)

  • When you see Bait Ullah, this is the most beautiful and blessing moment that can’t be explain in words. Keep you eyes fix on Bait Ullah and Recite Sura Al-Fatiha then raise your hands and make sincere Dua, either in Arabic or in your own language.
  • Offer Two Rakat of Nafal on account of “ Tahiyya-tul-Masjid “( A Pray of Greeting the Mosque).

Procedure of Tawaf for Women

How to perform Umrah For Ladies

Performing the Tawaf can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time. There are specific instructions that need to be followed in order to complete this sacred ritual correctly.

We’re here to help make the process easier. Follow our simple guide on how to perform the Tawaf for women and you’ll be circling the Kaaba like a pro in no time.

The following is the procedure for women to perform the Tawaf:

  • Start at the Black Stone , either kiss it if you can, if not, touch it with you right hand, if not, face the black stone and point it with your right hand and say:

(بسم الله، الله الكبر ولله الحمد)

Now start walking normally in counter clockwise direcion. You should try to keep the Kaaba on your left side all the time and recite dua in you own language or this dua

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ ، لَبَّيْكَ لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ ، لَا شَرِيكَ لَكَ

I am present, O Allah, I am present, there is no partner unto You. I am present. Definitely praise and glory is yours (for You). The Kingdom is also Yours. There is no partner for You

  • Once you reach the Yamani corner , either touch it with your right hand if unable just continue without touching it and recite this dua while walking from Yamni coner to Black stone.

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَة ً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَة ً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّار

(Our Lord, grant us good in this life and good in the hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hellfire.[ Quran; 2:201])

  • After reaching the Black Stone your one circle complete,
  • Follow it for all seven circles.
  • At the End of seven circle, you will offer two rakat of nafal close to “ Maqam-e-Ibrahim ” if unable then offer nafal just behind it.
  • After that you will go to “ zamzam water ” which is also situated in basement of Haram, to drink it while standing position and say

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ عِلْمَاً نَافِعَاًً وَرِزْقَاً وَاسِعَاًَ وَشِفَاءً مِنْ كُلِّ دَاءٍ

O Allah! I implore for the beneficial knowledge, vast provisions and cure from every disease. ”

3. Sa’yee

How to perform Umrah For Ladies

After completing the Tawaf, pilgrims head to the Masjid al-Haram to perform Sa’yee. This involves walking back and forth between the hills of Safa and Marwah which are situated to the North and South of Kabah seven times . This ritual is symbolic of Hagar’s (AS) search for water to quench the thirst of Isma’il (AS) when they were stranded in the dessert.

Procedure of Sa’yee for Women

To perform Sa’yee, women should follow these simple steps:

  • Before Sa’yee, you should reach on point of Safa and recite these duas:

إِنَّ الصَّفَا وَالْمَرْوَةَ مِنْ شَعَآئِرِ اللَّهِ فَمَنْ حَجَّ الْبَيْتَ أَوِ اعْتَمَرَ فَلاَ جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِ أَنْ يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا وَمَنْ تَطَوَّعَ خَيْراً فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ شَاكِرٌ عَلِيْم

Verily, As‐Safaa and Al‐Marwah are from the symbols of Allaah. So it is not a sin on him who performs Hajj or ‘Umrah of the house (ka ‘bah) to perform the going (tawaaf) between them. And whoever does good voluntarily, then verily, Allaah is the All‐Recognizer, All‐Knower. [ Quran; 2:158] )

نَبْدَأُ بِمَا بَدَأَ اللَّهُ بِه

(I begin with what Allaah began with.)

  • Then ascend upon Mount Safaa, face the Qiblah, raise your hands and recite 3 times:

اللّهُ أكبر, اللّهُ أكبر, اللّهُ أكبر

(Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest.)

لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَه، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ يُحْيِي وَ يُمِيْتُ وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيْر؛ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَه، أَنْجَزَ وَعْدَهُ وَ نَصَرَ عَبْدَهُ وَ هَزَمَ الأَحْزَابَ وَ حْدَه

(There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, Alone. He has no partner, To Him belongs the kingdom, & all praise belongs to Him, & He has power above all things, There is nothing worthy of worship except Allah, He fulfilled His promise, Granted victory to His servant, And alone He defeated the allied army.)

  • Start at Safa and walk towards Marwah, when you reache Marwah, your one trip will complete.
  • When you reach Marwah, turn around and walk back to Safa.
  • Repeat this process six more times, making sure to walk between Safa and Marwah in a straight line and recite duas in you own language or this dua
  • At the End, your seventh trip will finish on Marwah, offer two rakat of nafal on Marwa.

4. Qasar/ Halaq

After completing Sa’yee, pilgrims now move on to the last stage of Umrah, Qasar or Halaq. This involves cutting a small amount of hair from your head. Women must cut their hair to the length of a fingertip. This is done to signify humility and equality in front of Allah (SWT).

Now you Umrah have completed, May Allah SWT accept your Hajj and Umrah. Ameen!

Can a woman perform Umrah alone without mehram

This is popular question amongst Muslim women, as many are uncertain whether they can complete the Umrah without a mahram. A mahram is defined as a man who it is forbidden for a woman to marry, such as her father, brother or son. To put it simply, women must travel with their mahram or husband to perform Umrah.

In fact, the importance of a mahram has been stated by the Prophet ﷺ in a hadith narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas (ra):

“The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No man must not be alone with a woman except in the presence of her (Mahram). No woman should travel except in company of a (Mahram).” A man said: “O Messenger of Allah! I have been enrolled for such and such expedition, and my wife left for Hajj.” He (ﷺ) said to him, “Go and perform Hajj with your wife.” Reference :  Riyad as-Salihin 990

Can a woman perform umrah with her mother

It is necessary for the girl to travel along with her own Mahram. Being along with the mother will make no difference.

According to the blessed Shari’ah, it is Haraam for a woman to travel a Shari’ah-declared distance, without her husband or Mahram. Whether it is a journey of Hajj and ‘Umrah or for any other purpose, the same ruling applies.

Visa Regulations for Umrah without Mahram?

In 2021, the ministry officially allowed women of all ages to make the pilgrimage without “mahram,” on the condition that they must be part of a group.

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What to Wear When Going for Umrah & Hajj as a Woman From Experience

One of the most common questions I get asked on social media is what to wear when going for Umrah &Hajj. Since I have recently completed Hajj too I will share what I wore to both pilgrimages since they are basically the same. 

Also, may I say that I cannot believe I have never written an article about what women can wear on Umrah and Hajj!

I have answered the questions on Instagram probably hundreds of times but didn’t do so on my website. 

Ihram Clothes For Women

Now, I am no scholar so if you want the particular on Ihram please check out other videos and speak with your local Imam. 

However, women have it much easier when it comes to Ihram in terms of clothing since we can wear regular clothes and an abaya on top, unlike men. 

I read some weird articles online when researching this post like you must not wear colour (shock me coloured!) or black and white abaya only! – Yes, no! 

You enter your ihram either on the plane about 40 minutes before landing in Jeddah or on your way from Medinah. 

The state of Ihram depending on where you land and how long it takes you to go to Makkah is short. The Umrah pilgrimage  for example is only around 2 hours which is how long it takes you to do all the rituals.   It is not that long and many women stress about it because they are not familiar. 

For Hajj it is 3 days due to the nature of this life-changing experience. 

You can take a bath before starting your journey and doing all your beauty treatments. Like shaving, cutting nails etc. Then just before your Miqat point, you make your intention for Umrah by saying the Labaika (I am writing a guide on the steps.) 

what to wear when going for umrah & hajj

Many people who arrive from afar in Makkah prefer to rest prior to performing Umrah. You can sleep in the state of Ihram (which you do at Hajj as well). 

This is also why I always say it is better to arrive in Medinah first. Just making your trip more enjoyable.  

During your state of Ihram, there are certain things you cannot do, like scratching, make-up, perfumes, and having sexual intercourse. 

Many women think that when you are in Makkah you are always in Ihram, this is not the case and after you finish your Umrah and cut a small piece of your hair you are out of Ihram. You can then wear perfume and your make-up if you want or your deodorant. 

You really don’t need to buy everything in fragrance-free options. 

Clothing Guide for Women Heading for Umrah and Hajj

No matter when you go for Hajj and Umrah the weather in Saudi is hot. As someone who has lived in Saudi for some time, I always struggled with the humidity in Jeddah. Makkah and Medinah are not as bad but still especially during the summer months can be a struggle and I can tell you polyester is the worst to wear. 

I always go for comfort and lightness when I choose my clothes for Umrah because I sweat a lot and I hate it. I even got sick during Hajj because It was so hot outside and then went to the mall with the AC at 15 and got a cold. 

Cotton Abaya 

Cotton abayas are what have saved my skin during Hajj and Umrah. They are not easy to find and a little more expensive but so worth it. I am not sure why polyester abayas are so popular, especially in hot countries but they are the worst, I have actually had my skin burned wearing them. 

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If you are in Jeddah I go to the Abaya Mall called Serafi Mall and I go through every single store looking for cotton abaya to stock on. I am sure you will find them in Malls in Makkah and Medinah. 

They are light to wear and breathable which is very important. 

Personally, when you are on Umrah you will see a lot of black abayas but you can also wear a white abaya or any other colour you want. Whatever you choose to wear it needs to be modest (not tight) and cover you properly, which I believe we are smart enough not to know. 

Modanisa has some here

Maxi Dresses 

Another thing I love wearing during my pilgrimage or even after I am done and I do tawaf or pray in the mosque are maxi dress. 

Usually, I will wear a maxi dress either sleeveless or quarter sleeve and then my abaya on top. With both being from breathable material it feels good on my skin. 

I did recently an Instagram reel of what I wore in Greece which is very similar to what I wore when performing Hajj or Umrah as well. 

Modanisa has great very cheap maxi dresses you can wear under your abaya. Their REFKA brand is very cheap but also made of viscose which is breathable and soft. I have every version of these tops and dresses for the gym and Umrah.  Buy a size up if you need too. They are cheap and so great for hot weather. 

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You can find them here. 

Another version is this maxi dress that looks like abaya and it cotton as well for under £10.

I also love maxi dresses from M&S in the UK and I have had several especially their beach summer collection is cotton or viscose which I like. 

I am also sure SHEIN will have plenty of dresses if you prefer to shop from there. I usually filter their clothes by cotton and viscose the two materials I prefer to wear in hot countries. 

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Personally most of the time I wear soft Sweaty Betty leggings under my abaya, I lived in those when I went for Hajj. I will then wear a sleeveless maxi dress and my cotton abaya and I am good to go and modest.

Leggings 

Find some soft material that works for you. Before discovering Sweaty Betty which can be expensive I used to wear Primark viscose leggings again for under £10. 

Umrah and Hajj clothes for women don’t have to be expensive. 

Athletic Modest Clothes 

Okay, this is getting its own category because I absolutely love these gym trousers from  Puma that are from their modest collection.

I actually bought these for my Machu Picchu trip last year but I still wore them during Hajj. 

They are so light you don’t feel them wearing but they also have this legging part that covers you as well since they are meant for the gym. 

Definitely on the expensive side but I would recommend them as a buy especially if you go to the gym often as well. 

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The Perfect Hijab for Umrah 

You do need to cover your head while doing Umrah and Hajj and when in Ihram. Even if you don’t cover your head during other times. Personally, I love viscose/jersey hijabs as I feel they suit me better, they stay on my head and are breathable. 

I don’t like the polyester ones that come with the abaya or the Arab sheila because, for the life of me, I cannot make them stay on my head. 

perfect hijab option for what to wear when on umrah and hajj

You can pin your hijab when you are in Ihram so this is not a problem if you prefer other materials. 

Another option which is generally liked especially in Ihram to minimise hair showing is the all-in-one hijab. 

This instant hijab from Modanisa is a nice option 

These jersey hijabs are my favourite and I love the colours . Even during Umrah, I don’t wear black hijabs as they attract the sun and I like to be in the main tawaf area. 

What to wear for Umra and Hajj

Best Shoes for Umrah for Ladies

Another popular question is what shoes to wear for Umrah?! Again, if you follow me on social media ( must do of course!) you know that my favourite walking shoes for Umrah are actually the beach Birkenstock. 

If you have been to Umrah you know that the distances whether inside the Haram or just getting around all the block exits and to your hotel can be like a mile or two. No, jokes! 

You can easily average 15,000 steps per day without blinking. During hajj is even worse and on one day we did like nearly 50K. 

I always travel with two pairs of shoes for Umrah especially as I usually travel with hand luggage only. 

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One is my beach Birkenstock flip-flops. I used to wear the regular ones for Umrah until I discovered these and my feet don’t swear this much and they are also super light because I tie them in a bag around my waist so I don’t have to carry them. You can also wash them during wudhu and they are still perfect. During hajj they were God and since I have no arch they provide good support to my feet. 

I don’t wear flip flops as they are too flimsy for my liking. 

The other pair I always wear when I go to Umrah is a pair of light-material trainers. I have this exact pair in white that I accidentally found while in Chicago for $10 on sale. They came with me for Hajj and Umrah because they are so light and breathable. 

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Find a  similar pair of these that you can wear on long distances to give your feet good support.

Usually, if I am doing tawaf during the rest of my stay in Makkah I will wear these especially if I am circulating on the top mataf floors. The distance is almost double and it takes 1,5hrs. Walking without shoes can start to hurt your feet. 

Of course, you can bring any other shoes you want but personally, with these two pairs during your stay in Makkah and Medinah, you will be very comfortable. 

After all, you are there to worship.

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Toiletries for Umrah 

As I mentioned before you don’t really need to buy specific fragrance-free toiletries for Umrah. Your Ihram during Umrah will be only a few hours. If you have taken a shower before your flight and you are just performing Umrah straight away ( which is what I usually do) you don’t need to buy special toiletries. 

For Hajj I did end up buying fragrance-free toiletries because we were in Ihram for several days. 

Moisturiser for me is a must, especially with my combination skin and making wudhu several times a day. I in general love the  Vichy Minéral 89 72HR Moisture Boosting Cream and this is the fragrance-free version I use daily. 

This you can wear during your Umrah or Hajj in Ihram. 

Sunscreen is a must when in Saudi Arabia. Always wear sun protection because it can massively reduce spots and also skin ageing. I used Bondi Sands during Hajj also in my daily life I use the La Roche Posay Anthelios 50+. I am happy with both of them I just alternate. 

Deodorant no woman wants to be sweaty and of course, it is not very pleasant. In my daily life, I use Wild deodorant and I have shared this online. I am happy with them and I have been using them for years. 

I watched a video before Hajj by Sk Yasir Qadhi  (very useful and recommend watching it) on using something with perfume since there is a light scent in it. 

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What Bag to Carry During Umrah 

Okay, I have a handbag obsession and I just simply love them. I know you are probably wondering what to wear when you go to Umrah. Over the years I have experimented with several handbags and general bags for Umrah and I am going to tell you which ones I like the best. 

For years I used the Aria bag by Senreve (told you bag obsessed) I love this bag because it has a multi wear and functionalities. During Umrah and during my Hajj (eye roll) I wore it as a waist bag and this is where I would clip my shoes. Told you, all about multifunctionality. 

maxi dress with my packsafe slingback perfect outfit for umrah and hajj

Recently I discovered the Pacsafe bags which are anti-theft travel bags and I have two I bought and like. I will need to review them but these are great for Umrah and Hajj because they also lock. Yes, there is also theft in the Holy places so it is good to be mindful. I have this sling bag and I love it as again it can be worn around the waist too. 

For a more affordable and light option, I bought these backpacks for Peru and used them for Umrah as well.  They are well made and cheap plus if you travel only hand luggage they are small. 

Usually, during your stay in Makkah and Medinah, you want a bag for your prayer matt, water, shoes and anything else you might carry like the Quran.

Cutting your Hair 

I am adding this hear because once you have completed your Umrah insha’Allah you will need to cut a very small part of your hair. Don’t make my mistake as once I cut too much and my hair was wonky!

You need only a few centimetres from the back of it. I usually carry with me a small pair of scissors and literally just do it once I finish Saii. Then I can relax and enjoy the rest of my time while I am in Makkah. 

Overall you can wear whatever you want during Umrah as a Muslim woman. Packing for Umrah is not and doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you dress modestly in your daily life then you are set and good to know. The most important part is your Ihram for women and not to invalidate it. But if you do small things during your Ihram like scratch your face you can pay a small penalty. 

what to wear when going for umrah & hajj

I will be doing a little more on the things to pack for Hajj but in terms of what to wear when going for Umrah & Hajj, this is pretty much everything you are required to wear and be comfortable. 

You don’t have to go out there and spend hundreds just to prepare yourself for that amazing journey. 

Would love to know what other things you wear during your Hajj and Umrah inshaAllah in the comments.

What do you wear during Umrah?

As I mentioned above, you can wear regular clothes with an abaya on top if you are comfortable like this. Women don’t have specific attire like men.

Do you need new clothes for Umrah?

You definitely don’t need new clothes. As suggested above I wear the same dresses on the beach in Greece and while on Umrah and Hajj. If your clothes are clean don’t have to be new. Allah doesn’t care about that.

Can you do Umrah in normal clothes?

You have to be modest and fully covered with not tight clothes. So you can do Umrah in a maxi dress that is not fitted yes, but ideally not in jeans for example.

Do you need anything extra to wear during Hajj?

The clothes for Hajj for women are the same. You will also need to bring pyjamas since you will be sleeping in your tent in Makkah but even leggings and a long top can do the job. There is nothing extra you need to buy in terms of clothing or shoes. I wore my Birkenstock and trainers during Hajj.

You can find the full Hajj series here or specific articles below.

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Thursday 25th of April 2024

Asalamualekum wa rehmatullahi wabarakatahu Sister, you have been a storehouse of tips . We are Insha Allah planning for hajj this year and will be performing for 5 days as we stay in Saudi. Wanted to know about taking a bath during the time in tents and how to do wudu of hair as I have heard that you have to make sure your hair don't break.

Muslim Travel Girl

Wednesday 8th of May 2024

I just made regular wudhu and took showers.

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

Asalam alaikum. Thank you for your helpful post. I am going umrah for the first time this Ramadan and have been wondering about walking barefoot on the marble floors (I have a bad back and never walk barefoot) - can I clarify from your description above you did tawaaf in your shoes? I've seen conflicting info on google.... Jazakallah.

Wednesday 28th of February 2024

No, usually I do tawaf barefoot and then wear my shoes on sai. You can also wear socks from what I know.

Wednesday 31st of January 2024

Salam Sister, why does scratching your face invalidate your Ihram?

Saturday 3rd of February 2024

Not a scholar, is; check with your Imam. try not to scratch excessively

Saturday 27th of January 2024

Really useful information for first time umrah. Just wondering about using perfumed products before ihram. Like when I am getting ready for travel and can I shower with my regular shampoo and shower gel and my day/ night routine which can be perfumed especially deodorants.

Thursday 1st of February 2024

From my research - and you should do yours - if you shower etc before state of ihram then you can yes. this is for Umrah. for Hajj the state of ihram is longer so better to use no perfume. But i watched a Yasir Qhadhi video who said it is the intention behind it.

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What is the ruling of a brother and sister travelling together for Umrah and staying in the same room

What is the ruling of a brother and sister travelling together for Umrah and staying in the same room?

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The reason why Islam takes these measures is to protect women from any sort of harm e.g. physical attacks from immoral people or thieves who might rob them where they will be defenceless to stop them.

Regarding your question, as a brother is a mahram (unmarriageable kin) of the sister, it will be permissible for a sister to travel with her brother. If they are staying in one room then as long as they are sleeping in separate beds and the sister is covering those body parts which are required in front of her brother (like the area between the navel and knees (including the knees) and the stomach and back. As a consequence it will be permissible for a woman to expose her head, hair, face, neck, chest, shoulders, hands, forearms, and legs from below the knees in front of her brother. Hidayah p.461 v.4), it will be permissible. 

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Should she go with her mother for ‘Umrah without a mahram or stay at home on her own?

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Praise be to Allah.

A woman who cannot find a mahram to travel with her is not obliged to do Hajj or ‘Umrah; she is excused for not doing that, and it is haraam for her to travel for Hajj or for any other reason without a mahram. She has to be patient until Allaah makes available a mahram with whom she may travel. 

There are many ways of doing good. If a Muslim cannot do some acts of worship, then he should strive hard in those acts of worship that he is able to do, until Allaah makes it easy for him to do the acts of worship that he is unable to do. 

By the grace of Allaah towards His believing slaves, if a person resolves to do an act of worship but he is not able to do it for some reason, He will still reward the person for it. al-Bukhaari (4423) narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came back from the campaign to Tabook and when he drew close to Madeenah he said: “In Madeenah there are people who, whenever you travelled any distance or crossed any valley, were with you.” They said: O Messenger of Allaah, even though they are in Madeenah. He said: “Even though they are in Madeenah, because they were kept there by excuses.” 

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (11/90):

A woman who does not have a mahram does not have to do Hajj, because in her case a mahram is part of being able to do Hajj, and being able to do it is one of the conditions of Hajj being obligatory. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence)”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:97]

It is not permissible for her to travel for Hajj or for any other purpose unless she is accompanied by her husband or a mahram, because of the report narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), that he heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “No man should be alone with a woman unless her mahram is present, and no woman should travel unless she has a mahram with her.”  A man stood up and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, my wife has gone out for Hajj, and I have enlisted for such and such a campaign.” He said: “Go and do Hajj with your wife.” This was also the view of al-Hasan, al-Nakha’i, Ahmad, Ishaaq, Ibn al-Mundhir and ashaab al-ra’i, and it is the correct view, because of the verse quoted, as well as the general meaning of the ahaadeeth which forbid a woman to travel without her husband or a mahram. Maalik, al-Shaafa’i and al-Awzaa’i held a different opinion and each of them stipulated a condition (allowing her to do that), but with no evidence. Ibn al-Mundhir said: they did not follow the apparent meaning of the hadeeth, and each of them stipulated a condition (allowing her to do that), but with no evidence. 

.End quote. 

Just as it is not permissible for a woman to travel without a mahram, it is not permissible for her mother either. She should fear Allaah and stay with her daughter. If she insists on going and that results in the daughter staying alone, then if she is staying in a safe place there is no problem, but if she is afraid of staying alone, then this may be an excuse for her to go with her mother as a case of necessity, and the sin will be on her mother. 

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    Having a mahram companion provides additional security and ensures women have support and guidance during the journey. However, now women can perform Umrah or Hajj without a mahram following the new rules by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. 5. Maintaining Hygiene. Buy on Amazon. During Umrah, women should pay extra attention to personal ...

  9. How to perform Umrah For Ladies

    Furthermore, make a dua list for each Umrah step so that you don't miss the opportunity to grant your duas or supplications throughout the spiritual journey. Buy on Amazon. The performance of Umrah is a profound and transformative journey for Muslim women. It is a sacred opportunity to draw closer to Allah, seek forgiveness, and rejuvenate ...

  10. Umrah For Women: Rituals, Restrictions, Visa And Mahram Guidelines

    The same rule applies to men as well. Women on their periods must not take part in the journey of Umrah. They must not move freely without the companionship of mahram. Women cannot marry anyone during the pilgrimage. Except for the face and hands, women must not show any part of their body. Jewellery is permissible but not encouraged during the ...

  11. Sisters, Make the Most of Your Umra with These Free Lessons

    A Letter to Our Sisters from Ustadha Naiela. In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate. Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu. Dear Sister of Faith, Congratulations on being invited by Allah Most High to perform a blessed umrah inshaAllah. We pray that Allah Most High accepts your umrah and makes it a means to deepen your ...

  12. Umrah Without Mahram: Rules, Visa, And Guidelines For Women

    Rules For Women For Umrah Without Mahram. If planning Umrah without a mahram in 2021, women must consider the following rules: She must be above the age of 45 and submit a no-objection certificate from her family to travel in an organised group. She cannot perform Ramal (a ritual of running at a medium pace during Tawaf, circling Kaaba, and Sa ...

  13. Step-By-Step Umrah Guide

    Please listen to all of our video lessons for the full details of each step. 1. Prepare one's body for iḥrām with the sunna acts. 2. Enter into a state of iḥrām by making the intention to perform ʿumrah in the heart (or aloud) AND immediately pronouncing the talbiya at least once aloud (but in a lowered voice for women).

  14. How to perform Umrah For Ladies

    No woman should travel except in company of a (Mahram)." A man said: "O Messenger of Allah! I have been enrolled for such and such expedition, and my wife left for Hajj." He (ﷺ) said to him, "Go and perform Hajj with your wife." Reference : Riyad as-Salihin 990. Can a woman perform umrah with her mother

  15. What To Wear When Going For Umrah & Hajj As A Woman +Tips

    Moisturiser for me is a must, especially with my combination skin and making wudhu several times a day. I in general love the Vichy Minéral 89 72HR Moisture Boosting Cream and this is the fragrance-free version I use daily. This you can wear during your Umrah or Hajj in Ihram. Sunscreen is a must when in Saudi Arabia.

  16. The Ultimate DIY Umrah Package

    Women going to Umrah solo is a matter of different opinion among the Islamic community. According to Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiyyah, a woman can go to Hajj and Umrah alone if the road is safe. In 2022, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Hajj and Umrah issued a new ruling that allows women to perform Umrah without a Mahram.

  17. How to perform Umrah

    Islamically, women should travel to Umrah accompanied by a mahram. In order to break from the state of Ihram, men shave their heads, while women cut the length of a fingertip. ... As the site for Hajj, it is an obligation and one of the five pillars of Islam to visit Makkah at least once in every Muslim's lifetime.

  18. Can a woman travel, go to Hajj or Umrah without her male mahram

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  19. What is the ruling of a brother and sister travelling together for Umrah

    2) The Prophet of Allah said, "A woman must not travel for three days except with a mahram." (Muslim p.432 v.1) 3) The Prophet of Allah said, "It is unlawful for a woman who believes in Allah and the last day that she travels the distance of three nights without a mahram accompanying her." (Muslim p.433 v.1)

  20. Women going to Umrah without Mahram

    The jurists are agreed that it is forbidden for a Muslim woman to travel without a Mahram (i.e. a husband or a person whom one is permanently prohibited from marrying due to suckling, marital, or blood relations). With regard to traveling in order to perform the obligatory Hajj and obligatory 'Umrah, [lesser pilgrimage], the jurists differed in ...

  21. The Woman's Traveling

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  22. Traveling to `Umrah Without Mahram

    First of all, we'd like to state that the principle in Shari`ah is that a woman is not to travel by herself; rather, it is obligatory for her to be accompanied by her husband or a mahram (close male relative). Since the true intent of the prohibition is safety and protection, she is allowed to travel in a safe company accompanied by reputable Muslim men and women to perform Hajj or `Umrah.

  23. Should she go with her mother for 'Umrah without a mahram or stay at

    A woman who cannot find a mahram to travel with her is not obliged to do Hajj or 'Umrah; she is excused for not doing that, and it is haraam for her to travel for Hajj or for any other reason without a mahram. She has to be patient until Allaah makes available a mahram with whom she may travel.

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    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a Muslim woman can seek maintenance from her husband under section 125 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which is applicable to all married women irrespective of religion. A bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and Augustine George Masih, which ...