Non Umrah performers can apply for Tawaf permit soon

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.

 

Umrah Performing Starting From Masjid E Ayesha Importance and History

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

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

Faqs

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

No

04 Umrah allowed for fully vaccinated ?

Yes

Saudi Arabia resumption of Umrah from {04th October 2020}

Saudi Arabia resumption of Umrah from {04th October 2020}

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah Muhammad Saleh Benten announced on Sunday that the Ministry of Health would take a decision on which countries will be allowed to send their pilgrims to perform Umrah.

The minister’s announcement follows an earlier statement by the Ministry of Interior saying that the Saudi Arabia would allow foreign Umrah performers to enter the Kingdom in the third phase of the gradual resumption of the suspended Umrah service effective from 01st Nov 2020.

In a television interview with Al-Ekhbariya channel, Benten said that there would be a special electronic path for the arrival and departure of foreign Hajj pilgrims for next year’s Hajj. Referring to the resumption of Umrah service for domestic pilgrims effective from 04th October 2020,The minister said that only 12 groups of pilgrims would be allowed to perform Umrah within 24 hours in the first phase.

“The pilgrims will be divided into groups and each group will be accompanied by a health professional at the Haram. Only pilgrims with ages ranging between 18 and 65 years will be allowed in the first phase,” he said.

Benten revealed that there is no fee for issuance of Umrah permit. “No Umrah pilgrims will be allowed to enter the Grand Mosque in Makkah without completing the entry procedures through the mobile app “I’tamarana” and this is to ensure health and safety of pilgrims,” Adding that alternative arrangement will be made if there is any technical snag for completing the procedures through the app.

Domestic pilgrims can register now for Umrah !!!

Saudi citizens and expatriates as well as their families in the Kingdom are allowed to download the Umrah mobile application titled “I’tamarna,” effective from Sunday to register their names to perform Umrah pilgrimage as well as to visit and worship at the Two Holy Mosques.

The application is now available for users of iOS and Android operating systems on their smartphones seven days before the start of the first phase of the pilgrimage. The Ministry of Interior announced earlier the gradual resumption of Umrah and visits to the Two Holy Mosques with a limited number of pilgrims, starting from 04th October 2020.

In the first phase, citizens and expatriates from within the Kingdom will be allowed to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30 percent from Oct. 4 that translates to 6,000 pilgrims per day and that is in compliance with the health precautionary measures of the Grand Mosque. The pilgrims will be allowed to perform the ritual in 12 groups, each consisting of 500 pilgrims in a day.

The registration of the data entered by the pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques will be directly related to the application “Tawakkalna,” the official app launched by the Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This step would consist of a number of procedures, including providing a guarantee that the pilgrim or visitor is free from coronavirus, the Ministry of Hajj said.

The app will enable the pilgrims and visitors to plan their pilgrimage and visit in advance, as well as to make reservation of optional services to perform their rituals in ease and comfort, in addition to ensuring the compliance of the health and precautionary measures and preventive protocols, approved by the Ministry of Health and other competent authorities, to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Hajj has developed the app in cooperation with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) to regulate the times of rituals of those wishing to visit Makkah and Madinah to perform Umrah and pray at the Two Holy Mosques.

Meanwhile, stores for Ihram clothing resumed business after a long interval of more than six months in Saudi Arabia prior to the partial resumption of the Umrah season from next Sunday. Ihram is one of the three pillars of Umrah, and it means entering the sacred state, during which certain things are prohibited. Men must wear two pieces of unstitched sheet of white cloth while women can wear their ordinary clothes.

Mina,Mount Arafat, Zamzam Well and The Black Stone

Mina

It is in this city of Mina near Mecca that the Hajj pilgrims perform the ritual stoning of the Devil (ramy al-jamarat) on the last day of the Hajj. In the low lying Mina valley is the Jamarat Valley. Three pillars stand here, representing Satan or the Devil, the perpetrator of all evil. The pilgrims denounce sin and stone these pillars, pledging allegiance to God and virtue. Mina is best known for the role it plays during the annual Hajj pilgrimage when its tent cities provided by the Saudi government give temporary accommodation to millions of visiting pilgrims. In the low lying Mina valley is the Jamarat Valley. Three pillars stand here, representing Satan or the Devil is where pilgrims cast stones at them which is performed between sunrise and sunset on the last day of the Hajj.

Jabal ar-Rahmah (Mount Arafat)

The Hill of Arafat is also known as Jabal ar-Rahmah, meaning Mountain of Mercy. On the ninth day of hajj, pilgrims leave Mina for Mount Arafat where they stand in contemplative vigil and pray and recite the Qur’an. It is here that Prophet Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) gave his last sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life. A pilgrim’s Hajj is considered invalid if they do not spend the afternoon on Mount Arafat.

Zamzam Well

Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) created the well to provide Hajira, the wife of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (peace be upon him), and her baby Prophet Ismail (Ishmael) (peace be upon him) with water in the hot, dry valley they were in, around the year 2000 BC. In her desperate search for water, Hajira ran seven times back and forth in the scorching heat between the two hills of Safa and Marwa to provide for her baby who was dying of thirst. The Zamzam Well is located approximately 20 m (66 ft) east of the Kaaba.

Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone)

Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone) is situated on the south-eastern corner of the holy Kaaba which marks the starting and finishing point for circling the Kaaba (known as tawaaf). Today, only parts of the stone are present; consisting of 8 pieces of varying sizes. These are affixed to a larger stone, encased in a silver frame and attached to the corner of the Kaaba about 1.5 meters above the ground. Prophet Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) informed us of three main virtues of the Stone: 1) Allah sent it down to earth from paradise whiter than milk; however the sins of mankind turned it black. 2) It will come on the Day of Judgment with two eyes with which it will see and a tongue with which it will speak and will testify for those who have touched it in truth and sincerity. 3) Touching the Stone is also one of the means by which Allah erases sins.

Makkah-Masjid al-Haram,Mecca

Makkah-Masjid al-Haram,Mecca

Makkah officially Makkah al-Mukarramah,is the holiest city in Islam and the capital of the Makkah Province of Saudi Arabia. The city is located 70 km (43 mi) inland from Jeddah on the Red Sea,The very first construction of the Kaaba was done by Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) and his son Ismail(peace be upon him) as a house of worship to one God Allah (the Glorified and Exalted) says in the Quran that this was the first house that was built for humanity to worship Allah (the Glorified and Exalted). Soon after Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) died,people started filling the Kaaba with idols. It was not until Prophet Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) defeated the idol-worshipers that the idols inside the Kaaba were destroyed.

One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim to perform the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime if they are able to do so. Multiple parts of the Hajj require pilgrims to walk seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction. This circumambulation (Tawaf), is also performed by pilgrims during Umrah.

Muslims around the world face the Kaaba during prayers, no matter where they are. This is called facing the Qiblah. As mentioned in this verse in the Quran, “Verily, We have seen the turning of your (Muhammad’s Peace be upon him)  face towards the heaven. Surely, We shall turn you to a Qiblah (prayer direction) that shall please you, so turn your face in the direction of Masjid al-Haram. And wheresoever you people are, turn your faces (in prayer) in that direction.” [2:144 ]

Al-Masjid al-Haram (The Holy Mosque)

Masjid al-Haram was built around the Kaaba. It is also the largest mosque in the world. It was first built under the leadership of the Caliph Omar Ibn al-Khattab (634-644) and has been modified continuously under several Muslim rulers. Omar, the first Caliph, ordered the demolition of some houses surrounding the Kaaba in order to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims and built a 1.5 meter high wall to delineate a large prayer area. During the reign of his successor Caliph Uthman Ibn Affan (644-656), the prayer space was enlarged and was covered with a roof carried on wooden columns and arches. In 692, after Caliph Abdul Malik bin Marwan conquered Mecca from Ibn Zubayr, the guardian of the holy site, the outer walls of the mosque were raised, the ceiling was covered with teak and the column capitals were painted in gold. His son, al-Walid (705-715), contributed to the Mosque of al-Haram by replacing the wooden columns with marble ones and by decorating its arches with mosaics. Later, Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja’far al-Mansur (754-775) added mosaics to the columns. He also doubled the size of the northern and western wings of the prayer hall and erected the minaret of Bab al-Umra on the northwest corner. In 777, due to the growing number of pilgrims, Abbasid Caliph al-Mahdi (775-785) ordered the rebuilding of the mosque, demolishing more houses around the Kaaba. The new mosque enclosure centered on the Kaaba, measured 196 meters by 142 meters. It was built on a grid plan, with marble columns from Egypt and Syria, decorated with gilt teak wooden inlay. Al-Mahdi also built three minarets crowned with crenellations and placed above Bab al-Salam, Bab Ali and Bab al-Wadi of the mosque