Things to consider while selecting an umrah packageTweet
Date: Mar 28, 2012 | Views: 47 | Comments: 0
Hajj and Umrah are the scared obligations of most of the Muslims which they want to perform. Hajj is obligatory on every Muslim who has physical capability and also monetary resources to bear the expenses to perform Hajj at least once in a lifetime. Umrah, however, is not as obligatory as Hajj but performing Umrah is the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Umrah has a significant religious importance in Islam and it resembles in its rites with Hajj as well except there are a few differences between Hajj and umrah.
Hajj is performed only in the month of Zull-Haj (12th month of Islamic calendar) whereas umrah can be performed throughout the year. Muslims from all over the world do the sacred journey to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. However, there are few things to be considered for every Muslim before planning for your umrah so that one can perform this religious obligation with quite convenience and peace of mind.
The first thing you have to decide before planning your umrah travel is to choose the most appropriate umrah package for you. Lots of packages for urmah are available depending upon the days of stay and standard of facilities offered during umrah. These packages vary from high cost packages offering high quality accommodation and transport services to low-cost umrah packages offering only necessary accommodation and transport services. However, low quality and cheap umrah packages do not mean that they offer low quality services. Such cheap umrah packages also provide all necessary facilities for umrah pilgrims but those facilities are not luxurious ones. You have to choose your package carefully depending upon your budget and services you want to enjoy during your umrah journey.
There are lots of travel companies all over the world providing umrah packages and you can choose a package for you from any of those companies. However, it is also crucial to choose your umrah package from such a company which is trustworthy. The best way to check the trustworthiness of a company is by searching for online reviews of a particular company. If anyone of your relatives and friends has already performed hajj or umrah before then consult him for selecting a travel company so that you perform your umrah through a reliable travel services company and you have not to face any difficulties during your journey.
One more important thing to keep in mind before choosing suitable umrah packages is to check the distance of your accommodation from Haram-e-Kaabah. Lots of travel companies provide luxury accommodation but usually those hotels locate at a far away distance from Masjid-ul-Haraam and you have to cover a long distance on foot to visit the Holy Kaabah and it becomes a bit tedious especially if you are more than 40 years of age. Therefore, never forget to ensure that you choose a hotel which is at a reachable distance from Holy Kaabah.
If you are going for the holy journey of umrah with your family then also ask from your packages providers that whether they will offer you a shared room or an exclusive room for your family. This is important because it is always better to choose an exclusive room for you family to perform your sacred umrah obligation with complete peace of mind.