Umrah updated Regulations for Saudi Arabia Residents

History of Umrah :

New Conditions for Umrah set by Hon'ble Minister of Hajj & Umrah

  • People who are between 18-65 years of age are only allowed to perform Umrah in the initial stage.
  • No person will be allowed to enter Masjid Al Haram except after registering on the Umrah Application.
  • Umrah permit will be issued for free.
  • Through the application the Ministry provides pilgrims housing and transportation opportunities.
  • Dedicated isolation centers will be made in hotels for every pilgrim showing any symptoms.
  • Alternate arrangements will be ensured if users face problem in registering through the approved application.
  • Umrah Performers will be divided into 12 groups each in 24 hours and allowed a time of 3 hours each and will be assisted by a health professional.

International Umrah Updates

  • The final decision “per country” will be made the Ministry of health after issuing some conditions and determining the countries to be risk-free in the coming weeks.
  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will enable a special pathway for International Umrah and Hajj pilgrims.
  • The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is working on eliminating physical offices and enabling registration of Umrah and Hajj through official government apps.

Some Additional Information...

  • Time slots for performing Umrah will be free of charge. The Kingdom will not impose any fees.
  • There will be three phases for complete resumption.
  • There is an easier way for pilgrims to book their time slot for Umrah through the App (so they are cleared by the authorities at the time of visit).
  • Users must ensure that they are registered with the Ministry of Health's Tawakkalna App (Click here to Download) to check their health status and eligibility to perform Umrah. This step must be done before downloading Umrah App to book a slot.
  • First Phase will allow only 6000 pilgrims on daily basis which will be divided into 12 groups (500 pilgrims per group) in a span of 24 hours.
  • Wheelchairs will be made available for pilgrims who cannot perform Tawaaf and Saee without the need of a support. However, the flow of Tawaaf will be consistent with the same speed and flow.
  • All pilgrims will have specified time in which they have to perform the rituals.
  • Pilgrims from outside of Makkah who have booked hotels and/or residences, will be asked to assemble/meet at the check points 15 minutes before their scheduled departures to the Masjid Al Haram.
  • They will be met by health specialists/guides to perform rituals in a very specific time period within the booked time slots.
  • Children will be allowed to accompany their parents as long as they are added to the Tawakkalna App under the user's dependents.
  • Parking of cars will not be allowed inside the central zone around Masjid Al Haram except for those who live in the area.
  • Pilgrims arriving by their private car but without a hotel booking will be able to accompany the designated group assigned to the time slot.
  • Pilgrims arriving from outside of KSA will be allowed to enter the Kingdom in the third phase (3rd Phase) of the plan with the Ministry of Health designating which nationalities will be allowed in the Kingdom.
Umrah Inspiration
Hadith of Umrah and it’s commentary:

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “(performing) `Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous `Umrah; and the reward of Hajj Mabrur (i.e. one accepted) is nothing but Jannah.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary: Performing Umrah is an expiation for all types of sins, whether major or minor, because the wording of the Hadith isn’t specifying either of them. However, Mu’tamars should keep in their minds the following two main conditions for the acceptance Umrah:

1. To have complete sincerity (Ikhlas) by performing Umrah rituals solely for the sake of Allah the Almighty.

2. To perform Umrah the same way it is mentioned in the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) May Allah the Almighty accept your Umrah, Ameen.

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