Dear Brothers and Sisters,
May the peace and blessing of Allah SWT be upon you all.
As you all are aware, we are going through unprecedented and testing times.We are sure of day to day changes and happenings due to the Covid-19. Umrah has been suspended until further notice by the Saudi authorities and the Hajj and Umrah Ministry. And we have not heard anything about the Hajj 2020 yet, whether it is going ahead or will be suspended this year Allah forbid. We are awaiting confirmation from the Hajj Ministry and once we find out we will be informing you our valued clients about our next procedure Inshallah.
We are working hard to try and assist customers as quickly as possible and would like to apologise for any inconvenience. However, the financial market is totally crashed, and we NOT received any refund from hotels, visa and transport department in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, we would recommend our customers not to cancel the Umrah trip and postpone it to next year or next available term.
So far, most of the airlines have made refunds to our online accounts and not via bank transfers hence giving cash or cheque is not possible now, it will take some time to process.
Are eligible for Rebooking and Travel Voucher options:
Travel voucher for ticket value with a validity of 12 months from date of issue.
Customers with flight bookings for travel on or before 30 June 2020 can rebook their flights to any destination within the same region without a rebooking fee or paying fare difference.
Meanwhile, we would like to thank customers for their patience and ask you all to please cooperate with Haji Tours and have faith and trust in Allah SWT, only He can get us through these troubled times. Inshallah.
We will be continuing to issue alerts throughout our Social Media channels addressing the key concerns that clients may have with respect to Coronavirus.
On behalf of all of us at Haji Tours, we wish you and your loved ones to stay well during this Pandemic.
The entire Haji Tours Team.
Umrah may be performed at any time of the year.
Umrah performed during Ramadan is considered equal to performing Hajj and offers the same rewards. Nevertheless, performing Umrah during Ramadan is not a substitute for Hajj, the performance of which is mandatory (fard) for all Muslims at least once in a lifetime, if they are physically and financially able.
To perform Umrah, you should be in a state of Ihram. Ihram is a state of purity and holiness. A man in Ihram is called muhrim; a woman is called muhrima.
The word Ihram is also used to denote the garment worn by pilgrims when in the state of Ihram. Men garb themselves in a white, seamless, two-piece garment. The top garment covers the torso but, during Umrah and Hajj, not necessarily the right shoulder. The lower garment covers from waist to knee. Women wear long white robes which cover them from head to toe. All wear sandals, rather than shoes.
To enter Ihram, pilgrims must wash themselves. A man may trim his hair and cut his nails. During Ihram, sexual activity, shaving, and cutting one’s nails or skin all are forbidden. There are also prohibitions against killing animals, except those that can harm people, fighting or quarreling, using perfumes, washing hair with shampoo, wearing gloves or socks, or uprooting oats or trees. Those who do these knowingly or unknowingly or by forgetting have to pay a penalty by sacrificing an animal or giving alms.
There are five places some distance from the Holy City of Makkah which pilgrims must not cross before they are in a state of Ihram if they intend to enter al Masjid al Haram for Umrah or Hajj. These points or stations are called Miqats. For map, see Location of Miqats
This miqat is about 9 kilometers from Madinah and about 450 kilometers from Makkah. Dhu’l-Hulayfah is the miqat for those who live in Madinah and for those who approach Makkah from that direction.
This miqat is about 190 kilometers to the northwest of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people who come from the direction of Syria.
This miqat is a hilly place about 90 kilometers to the east of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Nejd or for those coming from that direction.
This miqat is about 85 kilometers towards the northeast side of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Iran, Iraq and for those coming from that direction.
This miqat is a hilly area about 50 kilometers to the southeast of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Yemen and others coming from that direction. It is the miqat for many of the pilgrims from China, Japan, India, Pakistan who come by ship.