Significance of January Umrah Packages
The Muslims residing in nations other than Saudi Arabia have to cover longer distances to get to the holy city of Makkah to perform their Umrah. However, the real challenge for most of them is to gather the required finances to fulfil the lesser pilgrimage. This is also true in case of numerous Muslims residing in the United Kingdom, especially the working class, who often find it difficult to choose a suitable date for performing Umrah. Our cost-effective January Umrah Packages give them the opportunity to make a journey to Makkah without worrying about budgets. As the festive season in the UK during Christmas can extend till the first week of January, it can be a wonderful time for our Muslim brothers and sisters to visit Makkah and perform their Umrah.
Travel to Makkah in the best flights
Flights from the prestigious airlines like Turkish Airlines and Royal Jordanian are included in most of the January Umrah Packages offered by us. It saves you the time and efforts that would otherwise be wasted in finding the cheapest and best flights to the airport closest to the holy city. You would also have a hassle-free departure from the airport near Makkah to the airport closest to you in the United Kingdom. In addition to flights, we also arrange Visa for you in our January Umrah Packages.
Stay in one of the leading hotels of Makkah
Over the years, we have developed some great tie-ups with the leading hotels of Makkah, such as Makkah Mariott Hotel, Hyatt Regency, and Royal Dar Al Eiman. We have also managed to get affordable accommodations in the holy month of Ramadan for our customers booking their ramadan umrah packages. The cordial relationships that we have maintained with such hotels, enable us to get discounted room rates for the accommodations in them. Reduced room rates in such hotels help us in creating some cost-effective January Umrah Packages for our customers. However, the fact that lower rates are offered for the accommodations does not mean that there is a compromise on the quality of service or facilities offered. You would enjoy all the benefits that come with the rooms and suites of hotels that are included in our January Umrah Packages.
Visit the holy sites according to your convenience
Almost all the Muslims arriving in Makkah to perform their Umrah long to visit all the holy places during their time spent in this city. Our January Umrah Packages give you ample time and a significant amount of savings, which can be utilised to visit the places of great importance in Makkah:
1. Masjid Al-Haram
Also called the 'Grand Mosque' or 'The Great Mosque of Makkah', Masjid Al-Haram is the world's largest mosque and houses the holy Kaabah. Muslims all over the world perform their obligatory daily prayers in the direction facing this sacred site. This is one particular site that every Muslim performing Hajj or Umrah would get to witness while performing the rituals of these pilgrimages. It also contains Hajr al-Aswad, a black stone that was set into the wall of Kaabah by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the year 605 AD. Maqaam-e-Ibrahim is another important site, which has an imprint of Prophet Ibrahim's (peace be upon him) foot placed next to the Kaabah in a crystal dome. Other places of great importance are the Safa and Marwah hills and the Zamzam well.
Located in the Al-Naseem neighbourhood, it is also known as Masjid-e-Taneem and is at a distance of about 5 miles from the holy Kaabah. It acts as a Meeqat (station for pilgrims to enter the state of 'Ihram') to proceed towards Kaabah for Hajj or Umrah. This mosque has been named after Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) wife, Aisha, as she had entered the state of Ihram from this place. Our January Umrah Packages include hotels that are located extremely close to the Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid-e-Aisha.
3. Mount Arafat
It is a granite hill located to the east of Makkah in the plain of Arafat. Also called Jabal Al-Rahma, it is the site from where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had delivered his farewell sermon towards the end of his life to the Muslims who had accompanied him for Hajj. The pilgrims performing their Hajj arrive at Mount Arafat on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and say their Zuhr and Asr prayers together. The pilgrims then spend an entire day on this mountain, asking the Almighty Allah to forgive their sins and to give them the inner strength to face the days ahead. Our January Umrah Packages give you enough time to visit this holy site from the hotel where your stays are arranged.
A region located 5 kilometres to the east of Makkah, Mina is also called the 'Tent City' owing to the presence of over 100,000 air-conditioned tents that provide temporary accommodations to more than three million visiting pilgrims. The January Umrah Packages of Simply Hajj and Umrah give you the chance to get to the valley of Mina from the hotel where your accommodation has been arranged and witness the place where 'Stoning of the Devil' ritual takes place on the last day of Hajj. This ritual commemorates the incident of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) stoning the devil that came between him and the command of the Almighty Allah.
5. Jamarat Bridge
Constructed in the year 1963 and rebuilt with multiple levels in 2007, this bridge is used by the pilgrims during 'Stoning of the Devil' ritual. This bridge enables them to throw stones at the three 'Jamrah' pillars. This can be done either from the bridge or from the ground level. Our January Umrah Packages give you a considerable amount of time to visit this site and witness the additional ramps and tunnels that were built to remove the bottlenecks and facilitate easier access.
6. Jannat Al-Mualla
The amount of time that you would have during your stay in an elegant hotel of Makkah included in our January Umrah Packages can be utilised to visit this revered cemetery, located to the north of Masjid Al-Haram. Many of the relatives of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) were buried at this place. Among them is the prophet's (peace be upon him) wife, Bibi Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her).
7. Jabal Al-Nour
A mountain located in the Hejaz region near Makkah, Jabal Al-Nour is among the most popular places in Saudi Arabia among the tourists as well as pilgrims. The name literally translates as 'Mountain of Light'. It houses the Hira Cave where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received first revelations of the Holy Quran. According to the estimates given by authorities, about five thousand pilgrims visit this cave daily during the Hajj season, although it is not a part of the rituals. With our January Umrah Packages, you would get sufficient time to explore Jabal Al-Nour.
Located at a distance of about 3 kilometres from Makkah, the Ghar-e-Hira or Hira Cave is a cave on Jabal Al-Nour. It is here that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) received his first revelations of the Holy Quran from the Almighty Allah through Archangel Jibreel (A.S.). This event happened on the Laylat Al-Qadr or the 'Night of Power'.
9. Jabal Al-Thawr
This mountain is located to the south of Misfalah district in the lower part of Makkah, and is revered for its cave known as 'Ghar Al-Thawr'. During the migration to Madinah, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had taken refuge in this cave with his companion, Abu Bakr. You can visit Jabal Al-Thawr during your time spent in Makkah from the hotel included in our January Umrah Packages.
10. Masjid Al-Jinn
It is believed that once a group of 'jinns' or genies gathered at a place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was reciting a portion of the Holy Quran. It is said that they later met Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and informed him of their acceptance of Islam and gave their oath of allegiance. Later, a mosque was built at the place where the jinns had gathered to hear the recitation, which came to be known as Masjid Al-Jinn or the Mosque of the Jinn. It is located in Makkah near the Jannat Al-Mualla and is believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the holy city. Our January Umrah Packages allow you to spend a considerable amount of time in Makkah, during which, you can pay a visit to this mosque.
An open area on the route between Arafat and Mina, Muzdalifah is located near Makkah. The Hajj rituals include a stay at this place, preceded with a day at Arafat. On the 9th day of the Islamic month, Dhu Al-Hijjah, pilgrims travel to this place and pray 2 rakats of Maghrib and Isha after their arrival. They collect pebbles at Muzdalifah for throwing them at the three pillars during the 'Stoning of the Devil' ritual in Mina, which continues for the next 3-4 days. Our January Umrah Packages give you the chance to visit this site and an open-roofed mosque located at this place during your stay in Makkah.
12. Masjid Bilal
Located near Ghar-e-Hira, the Bilal Mosque was built by the government of Saudi Arabia in the honour of Hazrat Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him). You can explore this wonderful mosque during your stay in the hotel included in our January Umrah Packages. Hazrat Bilal ibn Rabah (may Allah be pleased with him) was one of the most trusted companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and is considered as the first muezzin, chosen owing to the pleasant voice that he possessed.
13. Mount Abu Qubais
Another important place you can visit during your time spent in Makkah with our January Umrah Packages is Mount Abu Qubais. It is from the summit of this mountain that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) pointed to the moon and split it into half. It is also believed to be the first mountain created by the Almighty Allah. The mountain is also revered as the place where the Hajar Al-Aswad (the black stone of Kaabah) was protected during the great flood.
14. Masjid Al-Khayf
Our January Umrah Packages also give you the opportunity to make a trip to Masjid Al-Khayf located at the foot of Mina. Pilgrims offer their prayers in this mosque during their stay at Mina, and this is also the site where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had prayed during his pilgrimage. It can accommodate a large number of pilgrims, as it has a total area of 25,000 square metres.
Every year, on the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah month, the 'Khutbah' of Hajj is delivered from this mosque. It was at this site, where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had delivered the 'Farewell Sermon' towards the end of his life to the Muslims who had accompanied him for Hajj. During an entire year, only two 'salats' (prayers) are offered in this mosque. On the 9th of Dhu al-Hijjah month, the 'Zuhr' and 'Asr' prayers are offered together by the Hajj pilgrims. It is extremely difficult to reach this place during Hajj, but you can easily visit the site at other times of the year. You can visit this mosque during your time spent in Makkah with the help of our January Umrah Packages.
16. Masjid Biah/Uqbah
Located close to Mina, this mosque was built on the spot where the Ansar of Madinah had pledged their allegiance to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This event happened during 621 CE. Leaders of the Aws and Khazraj tribes from Madinah were among the group, which consisted of twelve people. The following year, the second pledge of Uqbah took place. It was the thirteenth year after Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) proclaimed his prophethood. Our January Umrah Packages include stays in the best hotels of Makkah, from where you can embark on a tour of this mosque and some of the important places in the surrounding areas.
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