Ramadan is the ninth and the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It is also the month in which Muslims all over the world observe their fast between sunrise and sunset. This annual observance of fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligation for all Muslims. However, those suffering from illness, women in their menstrual cycle, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and travelling individuals are exempted from fasting. The month of Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the crescent moon.
Muslims living in the United Kingdom (UK) are ready to welcome the holy month in 2018 and are glad to experience the virtues that the holy month develops in them. Some are engaged in their preparations for embarking on a journey to the holy city of Makkah from their place of residence in the UK to fulfil their dream of an Umrah in Ramadan. Many of them have already booked their Ramadan Umrah packages for this purpose. According to the Hadiths, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had once quoted that an Umrah in the holy month is the same as going on Hajj with him.
Umrah is often called the ‘minor pilgrimage’ or the ‘lesser pilgrimage’ when compared with Hajj, which is the major pilgrimage and one of the five pillars of Islam. There are some great spiritual rewards one can reap by performing the minor pilgrimage in Ramadan. Earlier, Muslims residing in the UK had to face a lot of hassles in getting to Makkah in order to perform their Umrah. As many travel companies providing Hajj and Umrah tours have come up in the country over the years, it has become much easier for Muslims to accomplish their lesser pilgrimage. The Ramadan Umrah packages has in store for them include certain benefits that make their time spent in the holy city truly memorable.
Among the main benefits is the ease of travelling that they provide for the prospective pilgrims. Such packages include flights of leading airlines that depart from the major cities of the UK to the King Abdulaziz International Airport located near Jeddah. The Ramadan packages also include accommodations in one of the elegant hotels of Makkah, which is equipped with all the latest facilities. They are designed to make the stays of pilgrims highly comfortable. Some of the high-end packages include stays in one of the five-star hotels of Makkah located close to the Masjid al-Haram.
The cost of these packages is usually high, but the close proximity to the holy mosque makes it easier for pilgrims to perform all their rituals of Umrah with complete peace of mind. Such packages also offer them greater convenience in visiting the important religious sites in the holy city and buying souvenirs during their time in Makkah. The UK Muslims can reduce the cost of these packages by a significant amount by booking them in advance. Savings made in this way can then be put to good use during their time spent in the holy city.