Preparation for Hajj & Umrah

What is Needed to Perform Hajj & Umrah?
Some people think that the performance of Hajj and Umrah is very complicated. Therefore, they don't make enough effort to learn to perform the essential rites correctly and have to pay Dam (sacrifice of an animal) as a penalty. Then some people are put off by the lengthy Dua'as in Arabic listed in the most books. To put these people at ease from the very beginning, we start with the suggestion to use the simple Dua'as that they already know. Then the procedure of Hajj and Umrah is presented in a simplified way.

There are no prescribed prayers for the Hajj rites, except Talbiyah which is very short and can be memorized easily. It is:


Allahumma Labbayk.
La shareeka laka.
Innal-hamda wan-n'imata
laka wal-mulk.
La shareeka lak."
( Here we come,
O Allah, here we come !
Here we come.
No partner have You.
Here we come!
Praise indeed, and blessings, are Yours---
the Kingdom too!
No partner have You!)

If you still can't remember it, you can say its translation in English or in any other language but Talbiah or its translation is pronounced in a loud voice by men and in a subdued voice by women.

Regarding other du'as (supplications), consider yourself in front of your Creator and ask Him whatever you want in life and the life hereafter in your own language. You can praise Allah Almighty in short Arabic phrases or sentences, such as,

Allahu Akbar,
Subhan Allah,
Alhamdu Lillah,
Subhan Allah Wabe Hamde hi Subhan Allah hil Azim,
first Kalimah, etc.

Surah Fatihah "Alhamdu Lilla Hi Rab-Bil Aala Meen..." is a du'a which is recited in every rakah of the salah. There are two very short du'as:
  1. Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil-akhirati hasanatan wa qina azabin-nar.

  2. Allahumma antas salamu wa minkas salamu tabarakata ya dhaljalali wal ikram.
    There is another du'a which is mostly recited in the salah:
    Rabbij'alni muqimas salata wa min dhurriyyati Rabbana wa taqabbal du'a.
    Rabbanaghfirli waliwalidaiyya wa lil mu'minina yawma yaqumul hisab.

    Then there is a Darud Sharif in the salah, use that.

    According to Muslim and Bukhari Sharif if you recite Surah Al-Ikhlas (given below) three times, you get the reward (thawab) of reciting the whole Quran and you know in Masjid al-Haraam this reward is increased 100,000 times. Subhan Allah!!

    Bismillahir rahmannir rahim.

    Inna a'tainakal kawthar.
    Fa salli lirabbika wanhar.
    Inna shani'aka huwal abtar.

    These are some of the surahs and du'as that you already know, you can use them repeatedly and for the rest of the time ask your Creator whatever you want in your own language.


The literal meaning of Ihram is to make haraam (forbidden). When a haji pronounces the Niyyah (intention) of Hajj and Umrah and utters Talbiyah, certain halaal (permissible) things become haraam for him. This combined action (Niyyah and Talbiyah) is called Ihram. The two sheets that a haji wears are figuratively known as Ihram but the real Ihram is Niyyah & Talbiyah. If someone wears these two sheets and does not declare his intention and utter Talbiyah, he does not become a Muhrim. That is why, before Niyyah and Talbiyah, he can cover his head during two rakahs of Nafl, an act which is not allowed in the real state of Ihram.

  1. Preparations for Ihram. Comb your hair, shape the beard, trim your mustache, cut your nails, and remove unwanted body hair.

  2. Purification. Take a bath with the intention of Ihram otherwise do wudu. Here it is noted that there are two ways of purification:

    • Purification of the body, shower or wudu.
    • Internal purification, sincere repentance on your sins. Say something like this: "O Allah, I sincerely repent on my sins and seek your forgiveness."

  3. Ihram Sheets. Men should wear a sheet of white cloth around the waist and cover the upper body with the other sheet. Women's ordinary clothes are their Ihram. Both should wear the flip-flops (hawai chappal) so that the middle bones of the upper part of the feet are not covered.

  4. Nafl Salah. If it is not makruh (undesirable) time, offer two rakahs of nafl for Ihram by covering your heads.

  5. Advice. If going to Jeddah by an airplane, it is convenient to get into the status of Ihram inside the plane. Here is what you do. Do everything at home or at the airport except Niyyah (intention) and Talbiyah. Have your shower, pray two rakahs of nafl but you are still not in the status of ihram because you haven't done the main thing yet, i.e., intention and Talbiyah which is done at or before the boundary line called Miqat.

    Go to the airplane and sit down with the white sheets on. In a Hajj flight when you are close to Miqat, the pilot will announce that this is the border line to make your intention and to say Talbiyah. Those who did not change their clothes before should do so now although it is not convenient inside the plane. Please note that:

    • It is a good idea to ask at the time of boarding if the arrival of Miqat will be announced by the pilot. If not, make your intention and say Talbiyah on your own approximately one hour before you reach Jeddah.
    • If you are flying with a group, follow the instructions of the group leader.

  6. Intention and Talbiyah. Now uncover your head and declare your intention. It is assumed that you are performing Hajj al-Tammat'u in which Umrah is performed first as described later in the "Kinds of Hajj".

    "O Allah! I intend to perform Umrah. Please make it easy for me and accept it from me. Amen."

    Immediately after that utter the words of Talbiyah three times and as often afterwards as possible. Men should say it in a loud voice but women should say it in a subdued tone.

  7. Du'a. After this recite Darud Sharif and supplicate to Allah Almighty any du'a in Arabic or in your own language.

  8. Prohibitions of Ihram. After intention and Talbiyah, you are in the status of Ihram and from this time on you should not do acts that are forbidden in Ihram , for example, here are some of the things a muhrim must not do:

    • Cover head (men), cover face (women)
    • Cover the middle bone of the upper part of the feet (Both men and women))
    • Shave / cut hair
    • Cut nails
    • Wear perfume
    • Wear stitched clothing (men) / (Women can wear their ordinay clothes)
    • Hunting / killing
    • Sex

  9. Journey towards Makkah. When this sacred journey towards Makkah al-Mukarrama starts, recite Talbiyah frequently on the way. Then enter the city very humbly and with great fondness still reciting Talbiyah.

    After arranging for your residence, proceed to the Haram Sharif to perform Umrah.

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