Umrah Packages in UK Allow Pilgrims to Visit Important Sitesby Safeena Rahman Travel Addict
Every year, many of the Muslims residing in the United Kingdom look forward to visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform their Umrah. It is also known as the lesser pilgrimage or the minor pilgrimage, as the major pilgrimage is Hajj. Umrah is not compulsory, but brings certain spiritual benefits to the pilgrim who performs it. It is also a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Upon booking any of the packages for Umrah offered by a reliable tour operator, the UK Muslims would get the opportunity to explore some important Islamic sites during their time spent in the holy city of Makkah.
Jabal al-Noor, which literally translates as the ‘Mountain of Light’ is a hill located in the Hejazi region near Makkah. It is home to the ‘Cave of Hira’, where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had received his first revelation of the Quran from the archangel Jibreel (A.S). The Umrah packages UK travel companies provide can give pilgrims the chance to visit this mountain and the cave. It takes about 1,200 steps to reach this cave, as it is situated at a height of 890 feet. Nearly 5,000 pilgrims visit this cave every day during the Hajj season.
Abu Kubais is another interesting and sacred mountain, which is situated on Makkah's eastern border. It is believed that during the times of pagan rule in this part of the world, the mountain was known as al-Amin. According to the popular legends, it was the place that housed a mysterious black stone. This is the mountain where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) showed disbelievers the miracle of splitting the moon into two parts and then getting them together again. Some of the Umrah packages from UK give ample amount of time for pilgrims to visit this sacred mountain.
To the east of Makkah is a granite hill called Mount Arafat or Jabal al-Rahmah. The word Jabal al-Rahmah means 'Mount of Mercy' and this refers to the belief that Adam was forgiven for his sins by The Almighty Allah at this place. A pillar has also been erected in this part of Saudi Arabia to mark the spot where this event took place. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had stood at the hill and delivered the 'Farewell Sermon' towards the end of his life to all those who had accompanied him for Hajj. The Umrah packages give UK Muslims the chance to visit this hill, where the Hajj pilgrims arrive from Mina and say their Zuhr and Asr prayers together.
Many of the pilgrims from the UK visiting Makkah for their Umrah also visit Jabal al-Thawr, a mountain located in the lower part of the holy city. It has a height of about 4,610 feet and houses a cave, where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had taken refuge from the Quraysh tribe during his migration to Madinah. Many pilgrims visiting the holy city for their Hajj or Umrah explore this site, owing to its religious significance.
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