Revolutionize The Hajj & Umra Travel Agency BusinessHajj and Umra are two types of pilgrimage that Muslims perform in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Hajj is obligatory for every Muslim who is physically and financially able to do it at least once in their lifetime, while Umra is optional and can be done at any time of the year. Both pilgrimages require a visa from the Saudi government and a travel package from an authorized agent.
The general hajj and umra travel business process involves several steps that need to be completed before, during and after the journey. Here is an overview of the main steps:
Before The JourneyThe pilgrim needs to choose a suitable travel package from an authorized agent, which includes transportation, accommodation, meals and other services. The pilgrim also needs to apply for a visa from the Saudi embassy or consulate in their country, which requires submitting various documents such as passport, photos, vaccination certificate and proof of payment. The pilgrim should also prepare their luggage, personal items and ihram clothing (a special white garment worn during hajj and umra).
During The JourneyThe pilgrim travels to Saudi Arabia by plane, bus or car, depending on their travel package. Upon arrival, they go through immigration and customs procedures and collect their luggage. Then they are transported to their accommodation in Mecca or Medina by their agent. The pilgrim performs umra first by entering the state of ihram, performing tawaf (circumambulation) around the Kaaba (the cube-shaped building in the center of the Grand Mosque), performing sa'i (walking) between Safa and Marwa (two hills near the Kaaba), and shaving or cutting their hair. The pilgrim then waits for the hajj season to begin, which is determined by the Islamic lunar calendar. The hajj rituals start on the 8th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the last month of the Islamic year) and last until the 12th or 13th day. The main hajj rituals include staying in Mina (a tent city near Mecca), going to Arafat (a plain where pilgrims stand in prayer), spending the night in Muzdalifah (a valley between Arafat and Mina), throwing pebbles at three pillars representing Satan in Mina, performing another tawaf and sa'i, and celebrating Eid al-Adha (the festival of sacrifice).
After The JourneyThe pilgrim returns to their accommodation in Mecca or Medina and performs a farewell tawaf before leaving. They also need to collect their visa exit stamp from their agent and return their luggage to them. The pilgrim then travels back to their home country by plane, bus or car, depending on their travel package. The pilgrim should also perform qada (makeup) prayers for any missed prayers during hajj or umra, and pay zakat al-fitr (charity) if they have not done so before Eid al-Adha.
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