SAUDI ARABIA MAKKAH — Visitors & Worshipers other than #Umrah pilgrims performers will also be allowed soon to perform (Tawaf) circumambulation around the Holy Kaaba , Okaz News has learnt from well-informed sources in #Makkah.
Tawakkalna and Eatmarna application are going to update a new icon titled “Tawaf” will be added in the both applications by the coming weekend to facilitate booking appointment for the performance of tawaf for non-Umrah worshippers / Visitors.
King Salman Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques allow using the full capacity of the Grand Mosque for pilgrims and worshipers This is in line with implementing the recent directive.
There will be also an options in Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications to book appointment for kissing the Black Stone (Al-Hajar Al-Aswad), touching the Yemeni Corner (Al-Rukn Al-Yamaani), and performing prayer at Hijr Ismail ( Muqeem E Ibrahim).
Umrah Pilgrims and worshippers will be made available of the best ever services and facilities for performing their rituals in ease and comfort Process.
They will be enabled to take advantage of the enhanced smart applications related to services at the Two Holy Mosques, the sources said, while pointing out that all these will be strictly in line with the compliance of the precautionary measures and preventive protocols to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Special Forces for the Security of Hajj and Umrah Commander Maj. Gen. Muhammad Al-Bassami announced that the first floor of the Grand Mosque will be set aside to perform only tawaf for non-Umrah pilgrims and the icon for tawaf will be added on the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications very soon, according to Al-Ekhbariya channel.
Al-Bassami revealed that tawaf for non-pilgrims will be available outside the times of prayers during morning and evening from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
There is cooperation between all the concerned agencies with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah to activate the Tawaf icon on the Eatmarna and Tawakkalna applications, and it will be available by the end of this week, coinciding with the short vacation at the end of the first semester of education.
Al-Bassami said that preparations are under way to facilitate the first floor of mataf (circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) and the Grand Mosque to receive the large numbers of worshipers.
Umrah pilgrims and worshipers are required to wear masks at all times when they are within the Grand Mosque and its courtyards.
Masjid e Ayesha: History And Importance of Performing Umrah
Masjid e Ayesha, known as Masjid e Taneem or Taneem Mosque it is a renowned Masjid (destination) for pilgrims performing rituals of the umrah and Hajj. This Masjid Named as Masjid e Aisha after the wife of Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
“This is the Part of worship of Hajj and Umrah is to travel in the way of Allah and to go out of the city.”
This mosque is called a point called Miqat (station) for dressing up in Ihram . It is well-equipped with bathing facilities and washrooms for everyone and is often surrounded by lots of vendors selling Ihram clothing and essential items like money belts and slippers etc. Pilgrim performing Umrah can begin the journey starting from Masjid E Ayesha by entering into the state of Ihram (Intention of performing the Umrah). Ihram must begin before crossing Miqat Station; if crossed without entering into the state of Ihram, pilgrims are fined although their Hajj or Umrah journey will not be called.
Umrah Resumption Fully vaccinated foreign pilgrims to begin arriving from 09 Aug 2021
“The Grand Mosque Makkah & Madina is ready to receive pilgrims and worshippers for Umrah 2021 & Umrah 2022” said the deputy head of the affairs of the Grand Mosque, Saad bin Muhammad Al-Muhaimid.
Umrah Resumption for pilgrims from all over the world starting from 09th August 2021 ( Muharram 1443 )
The ban has finally going to be lifted, Umrah is Reopening in August 2021. After nearly 2 years of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, pilgrims from all over the world will be able to perform Umrah Again soon starting from this year, the sacred journey that has been missed by millions of Umrah pilgrims worldwide.
After a stunningly successful Hajj 2021 season, with zero recorded Covid-19 cases, Saudi authorities have decided to resume Umrah starting the 15th of Duh’l- Hijjah 1442 – 25th of July,2021 for Saudi residents and starting the 1st of Muharram, 1443 – 9th of August, 2021, performers from around the globe will be able to apply for Umrah visas and go on their Umrah trips accordingly.
Getting ready for Umrah’s busy season ( Umrah Season 2021 & Umrah Season 2022 )
Hani Ali Al-Amiri, member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah stated that;
More than 500 Umrah service providers and agencies along with 6,000 Umrah agents are getting ready to serve, book, and accommodate aspiring Umrah performers. People wishing to perform Umrah.
Umrah performers need to be in excellent health condition, fully vaccinated against Coronavirus, and must be over 18 years old. Umrah aspirants need to conform to the health and precautionary procedures set by the government to ensure their safety and security.
Al-Amiri added that Umrah services providers offer accommodation, transportation, and all ground services packages. While online services are available globally through B2B and B2C platforms approved by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah whereas, the pilgrim can choose his desired package, meals, flight, and means of transportation.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Publication
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has issued a publication on the 15th of Duh’l- Hijjah 1442 – 25th of July,2021 concerning the rules and regulations for Umrah visa issuance and Umrah performance for foreigners. The publication stated that;
All service providers, Umrah performers, and agents should comply with the safety rules and regulations issued by the Ministry.
Only authorized service providers are allowed to book or perform a service for pilgrims.
Only pilgrims of 18 years and above are allowed to book for Umrah
Only fully vaccinated pilgrims with two doses of either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or J&J will be granted Umrah permits and visas.
Pilgrims are requested to visit one of the authorized medical centers in their countries to run a health check-up and confirm their health status before visa issuance.
Pilgrims should note that specific prayer locations have been designated conforming to the social distancing and safety regulations.
Pilgrims are also required to follow markings on the floor when performing Tawaf as was seen during Hajj.
All countries are allowed to send direct flights except for nine countries which are India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, and Lebanon which require a quarantine of 14 days in a third country before arriving in the Kingdom
01 When Umrah is going to Resume ?
As per the ministry of Haj & Umrah ,May Resume 09th August 2021 (01st Muhammram 1443 H )
02 Umrah allowed from all over world
Yes Except Few Red Listed Covid Effect Countries Including India,Pakistan
03 Umrah allowed for Partially Vaccinated and unvaccinated
04 Umrah allowed for fully vaccinated ?