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10 Pieces of Advice Before You Leave for Umrah


Some people may be heading out for the spiritual journey of a lifetime soon, so I just wanted to take a moment and give a few pieces of advice for those who will be traveling soon to perform the beautiful Umrah journey.  The following pieces of advice are amongst those that I received and some that I thought of while I was abroad in the sacred sites:

  1. Do your homework
    Learn about Makkah and Madinah.  Learn about Umrah.  When I was preparing for my journey, I came across many different books that discuss Hajj and the virtues of Hajj.  However, I found it difficult to find information on Umrah.  Sure, the books on Hajj made references to Umrah and had short chapters in it, but those snippets didn’t satisfy my craving to learn more.  I did eventually come across a nice book on Umrah entitled, “The Ultimate Guide to Umrah.”  I am not endorsing one specific book over another, but I would urge you to learn about what you are about to experience before you go.  Also, make a copy of your passport and important documents and email them to yourself and your loved ones so you have a copy if something goes awry.
  2. Company makes a man
    If you are going with other people, then make sure they are good people.  A company makes a man, and it’s true when you are in the sacred sites as well.  Having good company can make a lasting impact on your journey.  Are the people you are with going to encourage you to pray Tahajjud in the Haram and do extra tawaf or are they going to instead encourage you to eat the 4000 calorie meal from McDonalds at 2 am so you experience a food coma and have trouble waking up for fajr?
  3. Know the rules of Ihram
    There are simple rules that people can violate without thinking.  For example, know that you can’t use scented soap when in ihram, so try to get some unscented soap before you leave.  Another rule is that you can’t cover your head with your ihram (for men).  So even if it’s really sunny, don’t wrap that towel to protect yourself.  Another issue is it’s important to cover your awrah while in the state of ihram.  Don’t expose yourself while you are wearing it, just be careful insha’Allah.  If you get a chance, check out Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s transcribed lecture entitled, The Fiqh of Hajj and Practical Advice for Hajj, which has some good tips when it comes to ihram.
  4. Barber hygiene
    At the conclusion of Umrah, it is customary for men and women to cut their hair.  For men, don’t just cut a snip of your hair.  Instead, cut your hair all around, even if you don’t want to shave it.  If you do decide to shave it (recommended), then make sure the barber whom you visit uses a brand new disposable blade.  The Saudi government requires it and most barbers follow this rule, but just be extra careful and have your barber open up your blade in front of you.  You wouldn’t want some blood-borne disease such as Hepatitis C to be transferred to you from the dried blood of the customer before you.  For women, don’t expose yourself and cut your hair at the Kaaba.  Wait until you get back to the hotel so that you can take off your hijab and cut your hair.  Don’t sacrifice your modesty because you’re in a hurry to finish your Umrah.
  5. Take some Vaseline
    This advice is specific to men.  When you are in a state of ihram, you aren’t wearing any boxers or underwear.  Your legs will chaff and Vaseline can make a world of a difference.
  6. Visiting the Rawdah
    The best time to visit the Rawdah in Madinah is at night time.  The Rawdah is a piece of paradise found in the Prophet’s Masjid in Madinah.  It is floored with green carpet and so it is easy to identify but difficult to take advantage of.  Many people have a goal of trying to pray in the Rawdah while in Madinah and so large fluxes of people are vying for a very small area.  After talking with people that lived in Madinah, the best time to try to visit the Rawdah (for men) is at night.  If you wait several hours after isha or a few hours before fajr, the rush at the Rawdah is less and it is much easier to pray and have some peaceful time for reflection in the Rawdah without the hustle and bustle that may be present at other times.
  7. Visit the sites in Madinah
    The best time to visit the sites in my opinion is in the morning time sometime between sunrise and Dhuhr prayer.  You can visit places like the site of the battle of Uhud as well as Masjid Quba, which is the first masjid built by the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him).  Don’t forget to pray 2 rakats in Masjid Quba and reap the reward of Umrah while you’re there, insha’Allah!
  8. Contact back home
    If you have a smartphone, you can download apps like Viber or MagicJack that make it easier to call home for free on WiFi, which is available in some hotel lobbies.  Keep your phone on airplane mode and turn on the WiFi so that you don’t get charged extraordinary roaming charges.  Also, if you have an iPhone, you can use iMessaging to text other iPhone users while the phone is still in airplane mode using WiFi for free as well!
  9. Talk with people
    Ask them where they are from.  I met people from countries I never expected to meet people from.  There are people from all over the world.  Makkah and Madinah are places of gathering for people from all over the world.  Have you ever met people from Azerbaijan or Mauritius?  Become enlightened on the beautiful brotherhood/sisterhood of our amazing faith.
  10. Make dua
    Simple to say, but very important to do.  Make dua for yourself, for others, for the entire Ummah.  You are blessed with being in such a spiritual place.  Take advantage of that beautiful spiritual high and make lots and lots of dua, insha’Allah!

Have a beautiful journey.  May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) accept from you, Ameen!

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  1. Abu Asiyah

    March 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    assalaamu ‘alaykum,

    Masha’Allah, jazakumAllahu khayr! I’m hoping to be able to go on ‘umrah in the forseeable future, so this is important advice.

    One small comment: there’s a typo in #2: the title reads “Company marks a man” and it should me “makes a man”. Important to fix that since those who skim will generally focus on the boldface.

    • Abu Ibrahim

      March 24, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Walaikumasalam bro,
      JazakAllahkhair for the advice, I fixed the typo above!

      • shaffick

        March 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        Salaam,very happy that you mention mauritius. I am from mauritius and was searching the net for info and came across your site. Very informative!

  2. Me too

    March 19, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    As-Salamu `alaikum,

    Regarding point number five, I found corn starch to work well for the same purpose, wouldn’t Vaseline just rub off quickly?

    • Abu Ibrahim

      March 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM


      You know I never thought about corn starch! That may be work even better, I’m not sure Vaseline did work rather well in my experience. As long as it gets the job done!

      • Almasi

        July 2, 2016 at 9:15 PM

        Assalam aleykum. What is wrong with underwear? Can tell me the reason.

    • Yunos

      July 17, 2016 at 3:01 AM

      I’m first perform to umra it’s ok to my hear are not cutting?? Can you give me answer??

  3. Razia

    March 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Jazakallah for this post!We are leaving for Umrah in 2 weeks inshallah!The book you mentioned is very helpful alhamdulilah!I’ve been reading it for the past couple of weeks. Also make lists and plan beforehand especially if traveling with young children. We are traveling with our 4 and 2 year old. I’m from Mauritius by the way!

    • Abu Ibrahim

      March 24, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      Very awesome, masha’Allah! Keep your fellow brothers and sisters in your duas. Have a beautiful journey, insha’Allah!

  4. ZAI

    March 19, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Question related to #3:

    Is it permissible to use sunscreen when in ihram?
    I did Umrah in 2009 and discovered I don’t tan well and go straight to burning.
    Was painful, but ultimately ihram doesn’t have to last long so was fine after the
    1st day. However, Hajj would do me in….so would sunscreen be fine if I could
    find one that’s unscented?

    • Rabya

      March 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      @ Zai, in shaa Allah sunscreen is fine IF its UNSCENTED.

    • Abu Ibrahim

      March 24, 2014 at 12:50 AM

      To be honest, I’m no shaykh or a scholar so I’m going to refrain from answering. However, I’m sure you could find the answer by asking a person of knowledge whom you trust, insha’Allah.

  5. A. Debaji

    March 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    There is a great app for that for iPhone called UmrahSalam. It actually addresses every step of Umrah giving you the correct du‘ā’ at the correct time, has a place to put your personal du‘ā’ and has a great map integrated into the app.

  6. Umthalatha

    April 9, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Assalamualaykum. Too bad this article came out just today. My family & I just came back from Umrah 3 days ago. I could have used some of your advices. Alhamdullilah it was (as usual) a great and uplifting experience! I was looking for a guide for Umrah in the internet and found a step by step guide, including the dua’s to be said. (Sorry I forgot the site’s name) I think this is the best time to go since the weather is good and it’s not too crowded. You can concentrate more with your ibadah. One advice I can give by the way is to book a hotel which is close or facing the 1st gate because this is the only way to get inside the masjid. We got one that is on the opposite side and we had to walk too far and it made us too tired coming & going to the masjid.

    • Mariyam

      April 16, 2016 at 1:12 AM

      Salam May. Know which is the nearest hotel to stay at if I’m gg for umrah.

    • Syed Hussain

      October 28, 2016 at 8:49 PM


      I am planning to take my wife and daughter for Umrah, question to you can I book hotel myself and is there a problem…?

  7. Shaiff Hira

    April 9, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    ASSALAAMUALAYKUM Reaspected Shaykh Abu Ibrahim,

    I am Shariff, Khaadimul- Ummah and i am from Mauritius. Actually I am Khateeb and Khaadim at The Imam Muhammad Adam Institute,boys Unit and leading Zuhr Swalaah.
    Also Khaadimul Masjid at Madani High School Leicester together with my beloved son Qaari Shabaan who is currently leading Fajr Swalaah at Madani Masjid in Leicester.
    Sayyidunaa Ibrahim and Ismail Alayhimussalaam, built the Hose Of Allah and you Shaykh Abu Ibrahim gave a wonderful and useful advice regarding the rules and etiquette to visit The Holy House of Allah.
    Insha Allah i am also willing to visit the Holy House with my family during next coming days by the Grace of Allah, and very much happy to get the very important advice which is very helpful for the entire Ummah.
    May Allah Reward you for your kind effort and concern.

    Khaadimul – Ummah.

    Abu Swabeeha

  8. mumtaz

    April 14, 2014 at 3:58 AM

    Asalamvalikum rahmathulla hi va barkathu

    thanks, such good useful information – inshalla am planning for umra trip may be after two weeks earlier too i been to umrah several time but always in hurry this time it should be special as i decided to spend few days in both places –
    the informations should be more useful – i pray that all the muslims get connected all over the world so to ripe all this type of useful knowldge and information
    allahfiz – all brothers and sister of islam keep me in ur duas

  9. safdarquddus

    July 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Enumerating the steps perhaps takes the soul out of the trip.

  10. Muslimah Delights

    September 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    JazakAllah, useful tips.

  11. Afzal

    November 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Aslaam alaikum wa rahmatullah hay wa barakat-e-hu.

    Alhamdolillah! Beautiful advice brother! May Allah (swt) accept all your ibadah and reward you and your loved ones with the very best of His (swt) favours and blessings and grant you success in this life and in the hereafter in-sha’Allah, Aameen!

    In-sha’Allah, we (my father, brother and myself) will be going for umrah next month. May Allah(swt) accept our umrah and our humble prayers, in-sha’Allah. Please kindly remember me and all my loved ones in your duahs particularly my late mother.


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  13. Muhammad

    April 14, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Alhamdullilah, It is very beautiful and helpful for the brother who are going for Umrrah. Can I publish this article on our website. It is a masjid site.

  14. Syed Imtiaz Ali

    April 25, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    Thank you very much to share it. Very informative and beautiful stuff in short wordings.

    I am going too to perform Umrah in next week. Ps. remember in your prayers.


  15. Kabir S. Ahmed

    June 8, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    Alhamdulilahi! This piece is precious. May Allah reward you.

  16. Shareen

    September 21, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Salaam to all, i would like to know if it is suitable to use the simple product range while in state of Ihram while preforimg umrah.

    JazakAllah in advance.

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  18. fazila

    October 16, 2015 at 4:18 AM

    Slmz to all would love to learn more about Umrah. Inshallah..want to go soon

  19. Nadia Nell

    October 26, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Another item that could prove to be very useful for UMRAH & HAJJ is women’s prayer abaya…all white… go into this link…

  20. Layaq Ali Khan

    November 13, 2015 at 1:38 AM

    Thanks, for the useful advice. Jazakallah khair. I am going for the first time for Umrah next month with my wife inshaallh. If some information regarding other holly places to be visited in Mecca muazzama & Madina munawwara could be given. Will be very helpful. VVassalam.

  21. Farhan

    December 29, 2015 at 1:48 AM

    Just want to ask about vaseline. Isnt it scented? can we use it then?

    • Imran Ghani

      February 28, 2016 at 10:51 PM

      If Vaseline to be used, use unsented, jelly type.

      Someone told me that pure coconut oil work wonders, always apply before u leave your hotel for prayers/tawaf or Umrah.

  22. Danish Akhtar

    January 25, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    Alhamdullilah, It is very beautiful and helpful. Thanks for sharing. VVassalam

  23. Abdulaziz

    January 25, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Assalaam Aleykum WarahmatuLLAHI wa Barakaatu. MāshāALLAH wa JazaakaALLĀH my brother, my ALLĀH reward you for your effort. I have an advice for those who need tips on Hajj &Umrah. Look up “Hajj step by step” by Sheikh Muhammad Salah of Huda Tv on youtube. He explains all the steps in detail. I found it quite helpful for me and i thought i should share.

  24. Neelufar Shaik

    February 19, 2016 at 5:51 AM

    Jazakallah for the tips. It will be really useful when we have a plan for Omrah. Hoping for a chance to perform Umrah.. Insha Allah..!!!

  25. Masood UK

    April 6, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Just returned from umrah in Saudi. Cheapest travel option to and from Al-Masjid an-Nabawi and Medina Airport (MED) is by using the red public transport bus – SAPTCO, route no.400. Charges only 10 Saudi ryal (around £1.75) each way per person. No stops in between, and takes around 25mins to get there. Bus stops in front of airport where the taxis are normally waiting. By Masjid, the stop is very close to Medina Hilton hotel front entrance.
    Also, regarding Jeddah terminal, if you need to travel between terminals (as one terminal is solely for Saudi airline & the other is for all others), then do so using the shuttle service outside the terminals. It’s a 25-seater mini van that comes every 30 mins or so and parks up with the waiting taxis. Charge is 20ryal per person. Only use taxis if its an emergency as they charge too too much, min’m 100ryal and over!
    Do go on ziarats in and around medina. Very good operator is South African Mufti Abdullah Jinnah, mble no. 0507038182. Provides two and a half hour coach tour every day @ 7:15 & 10:15am. English language running commentary throughout showing around 45 different places with stops at Msjd Quba, Msjd Qiblatain & Mount Uhud. Costs 55ryal per person – very beneficial.

  26. Abdul Kalam

    April 13, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    Asalamu alikkum masha allah jazakkumulla hair my brother …..this is the very help full artikel . i am going for ummra next month insha allah…..

  27. ukkir Ras

    April 24, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    Assalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

    good article, please send me email or paket umroh ramadhan if you have new article like this.


    • Biaya umroh plus turki murah

      August 11, 2016 at 8:12 AM

      assalaamu ‘alaykum,

      Masha’Allah, jazakumAllahu khayr! I’m hoping to be able to go on ‘umrah in the forseeable future, so this is important advice.

  28. Rivana

    April 30, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    hiii can you please say what is the dua is recited while giving thasbh(salam) to the people going/returning after performing hajj/umrah…detailing about it we hold the people hands and hug for three times

  29. Arthur

    May 18, 2016 at 1:57 PM

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  30. Naa Wisata

    May 18, 2016 at 8:48 PM

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  31. Luqman

    May 18, 2016 at 8:53 PM

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  33. Umroh Ramadhan

    May 26, 2016 at 6:48 AM

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    June 11, 2016 at 12:40 PM

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  35. Paket Haji Plus

    June 13, 2016 at 1:56 PM

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  36. paket umroh desember

    June 17, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Assalaamu’alaikumwarohmatullahi wa barakaatuh,

    thank you articles with tips that really helped us in performing ‘ Umrah with safe and comfortable

  37. Rida Anwar

    July 13, 2016 at 4:27 AM

    Very nice article me also planning for Umrah in this december hoping everything will be perfect in this journey may Allah bless us all

  38. Adriano Jonas

    July 23, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Thanks, for the useful advice. Jazakallah khair. I am going for the first time for Umrah next month with my wife inshaallh.

  39. Umroh Desember

    August 6, 2016 at 12:23 AM

    Good advices, I Liek it..One think I can not do that is Talk to people, because I’m very diffcult to talk with the other people with different Language..Thanks for your advice may you visit us also in Umroh Desember 2016

  40. zuwaynab

    August 7, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Oh and if you are going with kids, found THIS article as the most comprehensive guide!

  41. Biaya Umroh

    August 10, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Thanks For your Advice, it’s very useful for All the Muslim who wants Go umrah….Syukron

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    August 11, 2016 at 8:07 AM

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  43. Layla Sheikh

    August 11, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Alhumdulillah…………If someone going to perform Umrah it is really important to learn something about how to perform Umrah

    Because you are going for a precious journey of your life.

  44. Khazzanah

    August 13, 2016 at 2:45 AM

    Alhamdulillah ….

  45. Sarah Rosner

    August 16, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Great article, before reading it i was not aware of many of these things, thanks for making it easy for us. It is obviously very necessary to fulfill these duties the way Allah has order us to. So it is very helpful indeed. May Allah Bless you.

  46. alice ben

    August 17, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    I have offered Umrah few months before, preparation of Umrah is very important. Buy a book regarding performing Umrah. Visit doctor and ask him to write prescription for you containing general diseases and their medicine and bring these medicines with you. On reaching hotel, just grab the hotel’s visiting card and keep it in your pocket or ballet because its happens that people forget their hotel location, even name of hotel too.

  47. Maheen Raza

    August 18, 2016 at 4:50 AM

    very nice article and very useful also

  48. MarghoobSafdar

    September 17, 2016 at 5:41 AM

    keep writing such useful Articles

  49. saliha Khan

    September 23, 2016 at 4:25 AM

    very nice article and very informative for those who are going to perform Umrah for the first time

  50. rudy hananto

    September 28, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Alhamdulillah, jazakumullah khairan katsiira

  51. Noor Khan

    October 5, 2016 at 5:27 AM

    Very nice post I will follow it JazakAllah

  52. Sarah Javed

    October 15, 2016 at 5:39 AM

    very well written . thanks for sharing

  53. Neelum Munir

    October 18, 2016 at 4:08 AM

    very nice article JAZAKALLAH

  54. Abdul Qadir Jilani

    November 3, 2016 at 5:42 AM

    Jazak, Allah Khair brother. Found it useful.

  55. Marcia Badeni

    November 8, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Obrigado por compartilhar, gostei muito

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    November 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM

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  59. Fatma yah

    December 27, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Beautiful, Jazak Allah.

    Also, don’t forget to give zakat in the holy cities. There are many who need it.

  60. Marketplace Umroh

    January 22, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    This is very useful, can I rewrite this article into my language and post it in my website? I have a website with umrah/hajj topic. Thank you for your answer.

  61. unknown

    February 10, 2017 at 7:25 AM

    This was useful site! thanks for sharing this useful tips.

  62. Wahyu

    October 15, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    Salam.. A must to have note when preparing for umrah. I think they are same as hajj preparation, but need more amount of them, aren’t they?


    November 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    so concise and informative.

  64. Cheap Hajj Packages

    June 2, 2018 at 4:41 AM

    Every Muslim who is leaving for Umrah must read these advises as these advises completely guide the pilgrims while leaving for Umrah.

  65. Aafia

    July 20, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    Useful tips, especially the tip # 05 for the men.
    Recommended for the people who’ve got plans to leave for Hajj & Umrah this year.
    Keep up the good work.

  66. Umar Raheed

    June 11, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Aslam O Alaikum
    I’m happy to see this article. it’s so informative about Umrah you discuss all the necessary things umrah related. Thanks for sharing. To avoid problem during Umrah, you must select they provide all facilities that are needed.

  67. Madiha Khalil

    September 20, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Assalaam u Alaykum

    Brother, it would be very nice if you provide us the link for the book you mentioned, “The Ultimate Guide to Umrah.”


  68. Muhammad

    September 23, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    Great Advice, JazakAllah for all the Precious Advises:)

  69. Zubeda Noorien

    November 4, 2019 at 3:39 AM

    JazakAllah for the excellent advice for umrah. Indeed it is very helpful for the first-timers to go on Umrah and I happened to travel to Makkah by the help of Sara International Travel a leading travel agency of the United States and their Scholars also gave the advice before our departure and it was also helpful.

  70. wazeer shaik

    February 13, 2020 at 6:03 AM

    This types of article help us to know step by step process of umrah correctly, I have the intention to perform umrah in future, just came across one the scholar of’s Ahmed Saad Al-Azhari British Islamic scholar, and founder of the Ihsan Institute, you can watch him in the seminar of hajj 2020. It will benefit the people who are going for umrah.

  71. Haramain Tours

    February 13, 2020 at 6:08 AM

    Insah allah nice tips. These can make pilgrimage journey very easy.

  72. sehat dengan cara rasulullah

    July 4, 2021 at 9:45 PM

    alhamdulillah wa syukru ala niamillah. thanks for the advices.

  73. Samad sheikh

    January 5, 2023 at 11:14 AM

    Useful tips.

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    December 11, 2023 at 7:29 AM

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    January 10, 2024 at 8:11 AM

    Your insights provide a thoughtful guide for those preparing for this sacred pilgrimage.

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