Umrah Packages in UK Help Pilgrims Explore Important Sites

by Safeena Rahman Travel Addict

Numerous Muslims residing in different parts of the United Kingdom dream of visiting the holy city of Makkah to perform their Umrah. As the major pilgrimage in Islam is Hajj, Umrah is often referred to as the 'lesser pilgrimage' or the 'minor pilgrimage'. The major pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam and is obligatory for every able-bodied and financially capable Muslim at least once in the entire lifetime. Umrah is not an obligation for Muslims but is considered important as it is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The Umrah packages UK travel companies or tour operators offer help Muslims of the country in visiting the important sites of Makkah after performing their lesser pilgrimage. One of them is Jabal al-Noor, which is a mountain located in Makkah's Hejazi region. The name 'Jabal al-Noor' means 'Mountain of Light' and is home to the 'Cave of Hira'. This is the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had received the first revelation of the Holy Quran. Almost 5,000 pilgrims make a trip to this cave daily during the Hajj season. As it is situated at a height of 890 feet, it takes more than a thousand steps to reach the cave.

Many of the Umrah packages UK tour operators or travel companies provide also give pilgrims the chance to explore 'Jabal al-Rahmah', which literally translates as 'Mountain of Mercy'. The name relates to an incident according to the Islamic traditions, which state that the first prophet Adam (peace be upon him) was forgiven for his sin by Allah at this particular place. Individuals who visit the mountain can find the exact spot of this event, as a pillar has been erected at the place. Towards the end of his life, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had stood at this mountain and delivered the famous 'Farewell Sermon' to all those who had accompanied him for Hajj.

Jabal al-Thawr is yet another mountain visited by plenty of pilgrims who spend some time in the holy city after performing their Umrah with the help of Umrah packages from UK. It is located in the lower part of Makkah and has a height of 4,610 feet. The mountain houses a cave, which is of great religious significance as it is the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had taken refuge from the Quraysh tribe while migrating to Madinah.

Yet another interesting mountain that the UK pilgrims can visit during their time in Makkah is Abu Qubais. It is a sacred mountain located on the eastern border of the holy city. According to the popular legends, this mountain was known by the name Al-Amin during the times when the region was inhabited by the pagan Arabs. The legends also mention that the mountain housed a mysterious black stone during those times. It is this place where the miracle of splitting the moon was shown by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to the pagans. Later, they also witnessed the two parts of the moon join together again.

To know more about Umrah packages and the various benefits that they offer for the pilgrims of the UK, click here.


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