A Guide for Umrah to getting into state of Ihram
Ihram is very commonly misunderstood as just two white unstitched cloth that men are seen wearing during performing Umrah or Hajj. The literal word means refers to make forbidden or Haraam. As soon a pilgrim also termed as Hajji make intention or Niyyah for Umrah or Hajj and recites Talbiyah, certain permissible things that are haram become forbidden or haram for him. This collective act of Niyyah and Talbiyah is known as Ihram. If someone simply wears the two white sheets without pronouncing his intention and reciting Talbiyah then he has not entered the state of Ihram. When people decide to go for Umrah they select Umrah Packages.
It is always good to know the steps of getting into a state of Ihram before you leave for Umrah. Step by step method to rightly get into a state of Ihram is as follow.
1- Firstly preparations for Ihram: Cut your nails, remove unwanted body hair, trim your mustache, comb your hair and shape your beard.
2- On second comes purification which is also termed as Taharah. Make an intention of Ihram and take a complete and proper bath. Otherwise, you can perform Wudhu. One thing that needs to be kept in mind is that there are two aspects of purifying yourself:
Purifying your body by taking a shower or performing wudhu and secondly refers to the internal purification which is done sincerely by apologizing for your sins. Make a prayer, O Allah, I sincerely repent of my sins and seek your forgiveness.
3- Ihram Sheets: Men should wear the two sheets of white unstitched cloth. One to cover the upper part of the body and another sheet to cover the lower part of the body. For women, the regular clothes that they wear are the Ihram but they need to cover their head leaving face and hand uncovered. Both should wear those flip flops in which the middle bones of the upper part of the feet remain exposed.
4- Offer Nafil Salah: If the time is not undesirable (Makruh), then offer 2 Rakahs of Nafil for Ihram and cover your head while doing it. Cheap Umrah Packages are aslo providing the basic facilities to the pilgrims.
5- If you are traveling to Jeddah by airplane? Then the most convenient way to get into the state of Ihram is inside the airplane. Do everything either at home or at the airport except the intention (Niyyah) and Talbiyah. You can take a shower, offer two rakahs of Nafil but remember you still haven’t entered the state of Ihram because you haven’t pronounced Niyyah and recited the Talbiyah which needs to be done right before you cross the boundary line called as Miqat.
Now enter the plane wearing those 2 white sheets. During Hajj flight announcement is made on the plane when they are close to point of Miqat so that one can make his intention (niyyah) and recites the Talbiyah.
In case you are traveling with a group, obey the instructions given by the group leader. It is always better to ask when you board, either they will make an announcement on the arrival of Miqat or not. In case it is not announced, you should make the intention and say the Talibiyah by yourself when an hour is left to reach Jeddah.
6- Coming to the next thing, you should uncover your head and make the Niyyah. Make intention by saying,”O Allah! I intend to perform Umrah. Please make it easy for me and accept it. Amen.”
Right after this, say the words of Talbiyah three times and later on try to say it often as possible. In case you don’t know it by heart, you can even say the translation in English or in your mother tongue. However, remember that Talbiah or its translation is recited in a loud voice by men and in a low voice by women.
7- Du’a: After you are done with Niyyah and Talbiyah, recite Darud Sharif and keep supplicating to Allah Almighty any Dua in Arabic or even in your own language.
8- Prohibitions of Ihram: When you have entered the state of Ihram, there are few things that are now forbidden for you. The things are:
-Shaving or cutting hair
-Covering face for women and covering head for men
- Use of perfume
-Killing or hunting
-Wearing stitched clothes (for men)
-Covering the middle bone of the upper area of the feet (applicable to both men and women). Cheapest Umrah Packages are available in form of group packages
9- When your journey to the Holy City of Makkah begins, keep reciting the Talbiyah as much as you can. Enter the city with all the respect and love you have in your heart while reciting Talbiyah.