Umrah is a lesser form of pilgrimage as compared to Hajj and not obligatory on every Muslim but holds great importance and rewards in Islam. Umrah is one of the greatest Sunnah of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and can be performed at any time during the year. Every Muslim desires to visit the sacred city of Makkah to perform Umrah at least once in a lifetime. Unlike Hajj, there is no prescribed time for performing Umrah and one can go for this spiritual journey any time of the year except during the Five days of Hajj. However, it requires proper planning and preparations related to visa, flights and accommodation. Reservations should not be made in haste without the proper knowledge of climatic conditions in Makkah and the Umrah packages available.
So the question remains, what is the best time to perform Umrah? If you are hoping to perform Umrah this year and looking for the best time to book your Umrah trip, here are the five times of the year when you can embark on this spiritual journey:
1. The Month of Ramadan
When it comes to performing Umrah, Ramadan is the best time to perform this holy pilgrimage. It is a blessed month when even the simplest of good deeds reap multiple rewards. Umrah in Ramadan becomes an act of even greater significance. About Hajj and Umrah, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said:
“Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise” (Bukhari 26:1)
The Holy Prophet (PBUH) also said:
“Perform Umrah in the month of Ramadan, as its (reward) is parallel to having a Hajj performed with me.” (Bukhari)
Keeping in mind the importance of performing Umrah in the month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world seek to visit the sacred city of Mecca and rush to book Umrah packages. Many travel agencies come up with special offers ranging from budget to luxury for Ramadan Umrah packages to attract customers. The best way to score a deal is to plan your Umrah way ahead and book your Umrah package in advance.
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2. Easter Holidays
Most people remain busy with their jobs and studies throughout the year which is why holidays are a great time to embark on this spiritual journey. Whether you are planning to perform Umrah with your family and loved ones or alone, Easter holidays in the month of April is the perfect time to go for Umrah as it is considered off-season and prices tend to fall. Most of the crowd flock to Makkah during the cooler months (November to January) and Ramadan. You will find the lesser rush of pilgrims which means you will have a relaxed time performing your Umrah rituals and will be able to focus completely on your worship. The cost of hotels and flights get reasonable, cutting down your total travel cost to a great extent.
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3. Summer Vacation (July – September)
Some people prefer to perform Umrah with their entire family but they tend to remain busy throughout the year because of work and schools. Most parents prefer summer vacation to perform Umrah as it provides the perfect opportunity for a trip to Mecca for Umrah with family and kids. If you really want to go in summer vacations then book your tickets during the beginning of the year as many people wish to avail these vacations to go on Umrah trip.
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4. Winter in Saudi Arabia (November – January)
Saudi Arabia has harsh climatic conditions with hot and humid summers. So, many people prefer to visit Mecca for Umrah in the winter when the climate is mild with moderate temperatures. This is the perfect time to go for Umrah if you want to avoid the harsh weather of Saudi Arabia. You are able to perform all the rituals correctly and with ease. Just remember to pack some warm clothes as it gets chilly in the evenings.
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5. Christmas & New Year Holidays
Whether you are planning to embark on Umrah alone or with your entire family, December vacation on the occasion of Christmas and New Year is a great time to perform Umrah. While the entire country is busy celebrating the festivities, Muslims from the United Kingdom can take advantage of this period to undertake the spiritual journey to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. The weather condition in Saudi Arabia is quite comfortable in December and Mecca is less crowded in comparison to the peak season of Ramadan. One can easily get hold of hotels near Haram at affordable prices and complete their Umrah rituals peacefully and without any hurdles.