How Umrah Packages Help UK Muslims Explore Important Sites
Many Muslims around the world dream of embarking on a journey to the holy city of Makkah from their place of residence for performing Umrah. Although this pilgrimage is not mandatory when compared to the major pilgrimage of Hajj, it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Umrah has its own special place in Islam and brings immense spiritual benefits to an individual who undertakes this lesser pilgrimage. For the Muslims living in the United Kingdom, the journey from their homes to Makkah is quite a long one and is accomplished in recent times with the help of packages offered by reliable travel companies.
Sometimes, these packages offer cheap Umrah deals to make this long journey easy and affordable for Muslims residing in the UK. This is usually available during certain times of the year or when the packages are booked several months in advance. Such deals reduce the overall cost of packages to a great extent, resulting in greater savings for the prospective pilgrims. They can utilise the amount thus saved during their time spent in the holy city for buying souvenirs or while visiting the important Islamic sites.
One of them is the Jabal al-Noor or the ‘Mountain of Light’, which houses the famous ‘Cave of Hira’. The Umrah packages give pilgrims enough time to visit this mountain located in Saudi Arabia’s Hejazi region near Makkah. Pilgrims are required to hike for two hours in order to reach the cave. It is of great significance for every Muslim in this world as Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had spent a significant amount of time in this cave. It is here that he received the first revelation of the Holy Quran from the Archangel Jibreel (A.S). For this reason, this mountain is sometimes referred to as the ‘Mountain of Enlightenment’.
Another great place worth exploring with the help of Umrah packages from UK is Jabal al-Rahma, also called Mount Arafat. It is located in the plain of Arafat, which is about 20 kilometres to the southeast of Makkah. It is also referred to as the ‘Mountain of Mercy’ as this is the place where Adam (A.S) was forgiven for his sin and the place where the event took place is indicated by a pillar erected for this purpose. On the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah month, the Hajj pilgrims arrive at this place and spend the entire day in supplication to The Almighty Allah and asking Him to forgive their sins.
The pilgrims arriving in Makkah from the UK to perform Umrah can also visit the sacred mountain of Abu Qubais during their stay in the holy city. This mountain is situated on the eastern frontier of Makkah and is believed to have been called al-Amin during the times when the region was inhabited by the pagans. This is also believed to be the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had performed the miracle of splitting the moon into two parts and then joining them together.
You can read on to know more about December Umrah packages and their advantages for Muslims living in the UK.