The meaning of the Arabic word Umrah is “to visit a populated place”. In Islam, Umrah is the journey to the house of Almighty Allah which can be undertaken at any time of the year.
Both Hajj and Umrah are deeply spiritual journeys. The purpose and outcome of these journeys are different, though. Hajj is obligatory on every able Muslim while Umrah is a voluntary pilgrimage that Muslims undertake, out of love and devotion for Allah.
Most Muslims opt to perform Umrah along with Hajj. Otherwise, the preference is to perform the Umrah in the Holy month of Ramadan since the significance of performing Umrah in Ramadan is way more than that of performing it in any other month. Holy Prophet said:
“When the month of Ramadan arrives, go for ‘Umrah, because `Umrah in Ramadan is like accompanying me on Hajj.”
If you are planning to perform Umrah this year, the month of Ramadan is almost upon us, and at this stage, it’s really difficult for you to perform Umrah in Ramadan. If you ask me, I would suggest you go with December Umrah Packages, or wait till the next year if you want to do it in Ramadan. Wondering why December? Here are the reasons why you should choose Umrah Packages 2019 in December.
The weather of Saudi Arabia is really hot for a good part of the year. The winter lasts only a couple months, which are, December and January. It is wise for the Muslims who are not used to hot weather i.e. Europeans, to perform Umrah in December. The Saudi Arabian winter is not like European winter. It’s not like there will be snow everywhere and the water will freeze the moment you spill it. The temperature seldom drops below 0° C, even at night.
You might have watched some video of the pilgrims jostling to get a chance to kiss the Black Stone (al-Hajar al-Aswad). You will not have to go through all this struggle if you make the trip in December. There is no hassle in December and you get to perform all the rituals with ease.
You might have seen people regret not spending enough time in some holy place. Had they made the trip in December, they might not be regretting now. The point is, it’s not over-crowded at this time of the year.
Hotel rates are relatively low in December. You can get a comfortable room with a great view, at a reasonable price. Imagine standing in your window and seeing the House of Allah. Is there a sight greater than that?
So this is it. I think I have given you enough reasons to convince you to perform the Umrah in December 2019. The weather will be pleasant, there will be no hassle and the rates will be reasonable. Of course, there is no substitute for performing Umrah in the month of Ramadan, but this is the second-best option.
It’s entirely up to you whether you want to wait another year or do it this year. If you are doing it this year, December is the best option. Visit some reputed traveling agency like Labbaik Hajj Umrah and select an Umrah package according to your requirement. Have a great journey.