The Umrah and Hajj, two acts of worship made by Muslims to get the pleasure and blessing of Allah. Umrah is sometimes known as the “lesser pilgrimage,” in comparison to the annual Hajj which is the pilgrimage of Islam. It is a visit one makes to the Masjid al Harram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Umrah is a visit which may be done outside of the designated Hajj pilgrimage dates. The word “Umrah” means to visit an important place. In Arabic, Umrah means “to visit a populated place”. In the Sharia, Umrah means to perform Tawaf round the Kaaba and Sa’i between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah, after getting in the Ahram, which is assumed as a sacred state, either from a Miqat like Zu-l-Hulafa, Juhfa, Qarnu-l-Manazil, Yalamlam, Zat-I-irq, Ibrahim Mursia, or a place in Hill. Performing the rituals of Umrah is made easier by the Umrah packages from around the world.
During the Umrah, some of the same pilgrimage rites are performed: Wearing of the Ahram, Tawaf – walking seven times around the Ka’aba, Saee – Running between the hills of Safa and Marwa and lastly Shaving or clipping of the hair. However, the other steps of Hajj are not done during Umrah. Therefore, performing Umrah does not meet the requirements of Hajj and doesn’t replace one’s obligation to perform Hajj. The Umrah is recommended, but not required in Islam.
The Umrah packages are something, which have been offered by many travel companies. They made all the arrangements in the Makkah for the ease of pilgrims. By taking an Umrah package, it became a tension free and easy way for them.
During the Hajj, the pilgrim goes to Arafat, Mina and they go to the stoning at the satans placed there. Then they also go for the animal slaughtering in the memory of the Abraham and Ismail. All these acts are not accompanied during the Umrah, yet the Umrah is quite easy than of Hajj.