Hajj Umrah travels: How to plan for Itikaf during the pilgrimage?

May 29, 2024

Hajj and Umrah both pilgrimages have deep spiritual value in Islam. These pilgrimages allow you to get closer to Allah (SWT), as performing these pilgrimages means following the path of Prophet Muhamad (PBUH). However, various rituals can increase your rewards in your pilgrimage and Itikaf (retreat) is one of them. 

This blog will discuss everything about Itikaf and how to plan and perform Itikaf in your Hajj Umrah travels at Haram.    

What is Itikaf?

The term Itikaf translates as “retreat”, which means the full purpose of Itikaf is to retreat for specific periods and dedicate to the Ibadat (worship) of Allah (SWT). During Hajj and Umrah, the pilgrims entirely devote themselves to making Ibadat to Allah(SWT) in a specific area within the Great Mosque. It is believed that Itikaf requires intense focus, which will increase your Imaan (faith) towards Duas (supplications), prayers, and reflections in the pilgrimage.

Itikaf: When to Perform During Hajj 

Itikaf can be performed during your Hajj pilgrimage at two main fixed times. Let’s mention those periods. 

  • Sunnah Itikaf: This type of Itikaf is voluntarily observed from the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah (Islamic lunar month of Hajj) till the day of Arafat (10th of Dhul-Hijjah). 
  • Obligatory Itikaf: This type is part of the Tamattu and Qiran Hajj types. In this type, the pilgrims perform Umrah services before the Hajj and enter Itikaf after completing the Umrah rituals. The duration of this Itikaf depends upon the type of the Hajj.
      

Benefits of Performing Itikaf During Pilgrimage 

Performing Itikaf during Hajj and Umrah is not mandatory. However, there are some key benefits of performing Itikaf during the holy pilgrimage at Mecca. Let’s discuss them briefly. 

  • Following Sunnah: Performing Itikaf at Masjid al-Haram means following Sunnah. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) performed Itikaf at Masjid al-Haram with his companions. 

As it is stated in Hadith,

It was narrated from Hazrat Ibn 'Umar that 'Umar had vowed -during the Jahiliyyah- to spend a day in 'Itikaf. He asked the Messenger of Allah about that, and he commanded him to perform the 'Itikaf.

-[Sunan an-Nasa'i 3822]

  • Rewards Multiplied: If you have chosen the best Umrah packages to perform Umrah in Ramadan, then you can perform Itikaf there after your Umrah. It is said that if you performed Itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan then you will get rewards same as performing two Hajj and two Umrah. Then imagine how much reward you can get by performing Itikaf during your Ramadan Umrah.  
  • Protection from Distractions: Itikaf provides a safe environment around you by removing earthly distractions. Itikaf is only successfully performed when you completely channel your focus towards the devotion of Allah (SWT). This focus will keep you away from temptations and distractions, which will help you focus on your Iman during Umrah or Hajj too. 
  • Catching ‘Laylat al-Qadr’: If you are performing Itikaf in the last days of Ramadan during your Umrah, then you get a chance to experience Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power) at Haram. Conducting Ibadat and good deeds performed on the night of Laylat al-Qadr have immense spiritual value in Islam.

So, whether you choose luxury or affordable Umrah packages, performing Itikaf during your Umrah in Ramadan can provide rewards beyond imagination.

Planning for Itikaf During Pilgrimage: Facts to know is here

Itikaf is a simple concept, however, performing Itikaf during your pilgrimage requires proper planning and supervision. Let’s discuss things you must consider while planning Itikaf during the pilgrimage.

Fitness: Hajj brings both physical and mental challenges to the pilgrims. Along with Hajj, performing Itikaf will take your body to the ultimate level, as Itikaf requires fasting and less movement. So, ensure you are healthy before planning, otherwise you may lose focus on your purpose due to poor health conditions.

  • Dietary Precautions: If you have dietary restrictions, then you must not ignore them and take proper precautions. Consult with your Hajj tour operator, guide, or group leader. As you will be required to fast for Itikaf, so intaking healthy food is necessary.  
  • Essentials: You must not forget the essentials that are important for your planning. Pack light and comfortable clothes for praying, Janamaz, Holy Quran, and other essentials like medications and water. Although Haram will provide you with the necessary amenities, but make sure to still be prepared.  
  • Companionship: If you are determined to perform Itikaf during your pilgrimage then consider traveling with a companion or going on pilgrimage with a group and can perform Itikaf simultaneously. This will ensure your safety and encouragement for the hardships.
     

Adeeba Tour and Travels: Enriching Your Journey 

If you are planning to perform Itikaf during your pilgrimage, then booking a suitable tour operator is important. Adeeba Tour and Travels Pvt. Ltd. is the perfect companion that you need. We provide Umrah services during Ramadan and we provide Umrah Visa packages as well, as we are always concerned about enriching your journey. Along with Umrah, we provide Hajj and Nikkah services as well. So, contact us now and book your journey to the House of Allah (SWT) today.

Conclusion

Itikaf is a unique way to multiply your spiritual rewards during your pilgrimage. With proper planning and focused Imaan towards the rituals of both pilgrimage and Itikaf you can complete your purpose swiftly. As you are performing Itikaaf outside your home, you must consider the necessities that you will need to fulfill your journey without damaging your body. 

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