To many in Singapore’s small but vibrant Muslim community, performing a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca is central to our faith. It is often seen as a deeply spiritual and even sacred act, and must therefore be carried out with the utmost sincerity and conviction.
The Hajj, the annual pilgrimage performed in the final month of the Islamic calendar, is familiar to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike as one of the five pillars of Islam. Yet lesser-known is the Umrah, also called the “minor pilgrimage”, which shares many similarities with the Hajj but differs in certain customs and practices. If you are looking to learn more about this special form of pilgrimage, you have certainly come to the right place.
In the Arabic language, “Umrah” means “to visit a populated place”. Like the Hajj, the Umrah is a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, considered the holiest city in Islam. The Quran does not stipulate that the Umrah is compulsory, in contrast to the Hajj, which is more highly regarded as the “major pilgrimage”. However, all Muslims are nevertheless encouraged to perform Umrah if they are able, so as to bring themselves closer to their faith.
Umrah consists of four steps:
Although the Umrah is not compulsory, it is performed by many Muslims to purge oneself of sins and connect more deeply with our faith. It is one of the most deeply spiritual acts that any believer can perform, and is highly recommended as a way of supplementing the quality of our worship during the Hajj.
Additionally, due to the official Hajj quota set by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Haj and Umrah, only a limited number of Muslims may perform the Hajj each year. However, those who have yet to receive the opportunity need not worry, as the Umrah can also be used to fulfil our spiritual needs. Although every Muslim is still obligated to perform the Hajj at least once, performing the Umrah may serve as a way for more believers to increase their acts of worship to God.
Unlike the Hajj, which must be performed on specific dates in the Islamic calendar, the Umrah may be performed at any time during the year. Most pilgrims choose to do it during the month of Ramadan, as it is the holiest month in Islam. Some also perform it immediately before or after the Hajj season in the final month of the Islamic calendar.
As the rites involved in Umrah are relatively simpler than those of the Hajj, one may complete them in just a few hours. But with our exciting Umrah packages, which include tours of Mecca and Medina along with five-star accommodation, you can spend up to two weeks taking in the sights and sounds of the incredible holy city.
Our attractive Umrah packages start at:
At the end of the day, performing Umrah is a truly extraordinary experience, one that brings Muslims together from all walks of life, from every corner of the globe. Regardless of our individual backgrounds, Umrah unites all of us in our worship of God and celebration of our faith. So if you are still wondering whether you should embark on this special journey—there is only one way to find out.
Hjh Halimah & Hj Jumat buat yang terbaik dalam menjaga jemaah. Good efforts seen to take care of sick jemaah, sacrificing their own rest.
Hj Elias sentiasa ceria dan sabar. Dia sedia memberi bantuan kepada kami dan pandai layan kerenah jemaah-jemaah. We had a very fun and enriching experience. Thank you! Also to Ustazah Nur & Ibu Diah yang membawa kami ke Ar-Raudhah amat berpengalaman dan menolong kami masuk dengan cepat dan selamat.
Sangat prihatin dan menjaga kami dengan baik sekali. Cukup penyabar dengan kerenah kami. Sangat puas hati!
Saya berpuas hati dengan pegawai Hj Halil yang menjaga kami dan layanannya yang memuaskan. Begitu juga Ustaz Rashidi yang banyak beri kami tunjuk ajar dan menjawab soalan-soalan kami.
Hj Nazhar & Hjh Sarimah memberikan perkhidmatan yang amat cemerlang. Komunikasi jelas dan mereka sentiasa berinteraksi dengan jemaah secara peribadi, dan menanyakan khabar jemaah sewaktu makan. Setiap pertanyaan dijawab dengan cepat dan permintaan dipenuhi dengan baik.
There was close communication between pegawai and jemaah. They are proactive.
Pegawai bekerja keras untuk memastikan perjalanan dan keselesaan kami sentiasa OK.
Keseluruhannya amat memuaskan. Pegawai peramah dan sedia membantu. Kekalkan perkhidmatan anda yang cemerlang itu.
Hjh Suzanah sangat accommodating dan cuba sedaya upaya to provide her service kepada para jemaah. Terima kasih.
Hjh Suzanah ikhlas dan bertanggungjawab ketika menjalankan tugasnya. Syabas.
Cekap, cergas dan amanah. Hjh Halimah & Hj Jumat telah memberikan perkhidmatan yang amat professional dengan layanan yang teramat ikhlas dan mesra. Para pegawai yang lain juga telah memberikan khidmat yang amat membanggakan. Keluarga saya amat berpuas hati dengan mutu perkhidmatan JTS keseluruhannya. Alhamdulillah. Semoga Allah memberkati segala amalan mereka. KEEP IT UP, JTS! Jazakallah khairan.
Hj Jumat & Hjh Halimah memang terbaik! Mengambil berat tentang jemaah. Menghantar kami sekeluarga ke klinik bila kami kurang sihat, even offered door to door delivery for medicine. Mereka berdua always listen to our feedback and complaints attentively. Very caring. Murah hati belanja ice-cream and coffee. Never fail to make us happy! What a morale-booster! Terima kasih sangat-sangat!
Amat memuaskan. Ustaz Najib dan Ustaz Marzuki banyak memberi tazkirah yang amat baik. Doa-doa ketika kami mengerjakan ibadah amat jelas. Terima kasih, Ustaz.
Thank you Puan Normah for being such a cool pegawai! You are one of the reasons why my first Umrah was a wonderful experience!
Pegawai-pegawai amat prihatin akan keperluan kami. Mereka sopan dan sabar dan selalu tak lokek dengan senyuman.
Pegawai semua sangat professional! Mutu perkhidmatan yang amat tinggi. Terbaik! Teruslah kekalkan taraf perkhidmatan sebegini. Syabas!