How to do Umrah (Step by Step)

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33 umrah guide 02Before reaching Meeqat Before Ihram: Remove unwanted hair, trim nails, make ghusl (bath) & wudhu ablution) or at least wudhu. Put on clothes of Ihram – 2 white un-sewn pieces of cloth for men and regular clothes for women. Women should not cover their faces during Ihram & men should not cover their heads during Ihram. On entering state of Ihram Niyyah (Intention) in any language to enter into Ihram or recite :

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LabbaikAllahumma bi-`Umrah
Here I am O Allah, (in response to Your call) making Umrah.

Going to Masjid Al-Haram (Ka’bah),
Men to recite Talbiyah loudly (women quietly). Talbiyah Recitation (Hajj prayer supplication):

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Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk, Labbayk la sharika laka Labbayk, Innal hamda wanni‘mata laka walmulk La sharika lak
Here I am O Allah, (in response to Your call), here I am. Here I am, You have no partner, here I am. Indeed all the Praise, Grace and Sovereignty belong to You. You have no partner.

Entering Masjid Al-Haram (Sacred Mosque)in Makkah
Enter with the right foot and recite:

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Bismillahi, Allallhumma salli ‘alaa muhammadin wa sallim – allaahumma aftah lee abwaaba rahmatika
(In the name of Allaah! O Allaah! Exalt the mention of your Messenger. O Allaah! Forgive my sins, and open the gates of Your mercy for me).

Tawaaf (Circling the Ka’bah 7 times)

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Before proceeding to the starting point of Tawaaf, Al-Hajarul-Aswad (The Black Stone) 1,men only – uncover right shoulder by placing Ihram underneath right arm-pit (this is known as Idhtiba). When beginning each circuit, make a sign with your right hand towards al-Hajarul-Aswad (The Black Stone) 2, and recite :

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest)

Men should walk briskly (Raml) during first 3 circuits only, the remaining 4 circuits are done at a normal pace completely around until 7th circuit. No particular supplication (Dua) is essential during Tawaaf. Dua (supplication) can be made during Tawaaf, except it is Sunnah to recite the following when going between Ar-Ruknul-Yamani (Yemeni Corner)

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Rabbanaa aatinaa fid-dunyaa hasanatan wa feel aakhirati hasanatan wa qinaa ‘adhaaban naar
Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good, and save us from the torment of the Fire!

Once Tawaaf is complete, cover your right shoulder and offer 2 rakaats anywhere behind the Station of Ibraheem – or anywhere in the Haram: Recite Surat al-Kafirun in 1st rakaa and Surat al-Ikhlas in the 2nd rakaa. Drink Zamzam water – Make Dua

Sa’ee (Completion of 7 rounds Safa & Marwah)

33 umrah guide 04Begin Sa’ee at as-Safa. Complete walk from as-Safa to al-Marwah (one circuit), then al-Marwah to as-Safa (second circuit) and continue for seven circuits, finishing at al-Marwah. Upon encountering green lights, men only – run from one light to other light. At foot of as-Safa recite –

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Innas-safaa wal marwata min sha’aa’irillaahi faman hajjal baita ‘awi`tamara falaa junaaha alaihi an yattawwafa bihimaa wa man tatawwa’a khiran fa’innAllaha shaakirun ‘aleemun
Verily! As-Safa and al-Marwah are of the Symbols of Allah. So it is not a sin on him who performs Hajj or ‘Umrah of the House to perform the Tawaf between them. And whoever does good voluntarily, then verily, Allah is All-Recognizer, All-Knower.

Each time you complete one round (Safa and Marwah) recite :

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Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar – laa illaaha illallahu wahdau laa shareekalah – lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu – yuhyee wa yumeetu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shai’in qadeer – laa ilaaha
illallahu wahdahu laa shareekalah – anjaza wa’dahu wa nasara ‘ abdahu wa hazamal ahzaaba wahdahu
Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is none truly worthy of worship except Allahalone, without partner. To Him belongs all Sovereignty and all Praise. He alone gives life and causes death, He is Omnipotent over all things. There is none truly worthy of worship except Allah alone, without partner. He has fulfilled His promise, and helped His slave, and He alone has defeated the confederates.

Shaving Head/Trimming
After completing Sa’ee: Men: shaving entire head is preferable or cut hair equally from all over head; Women: cut one-third finger-length of hair. Upon leaving al-Masjid ul-Haraam with the left foot, recite :

Allahumma innee ‘as’aluka min fadhlika
O Allah, send prayers and peace upon Muhammad. O Allah, verily I ask You from Your Favor.

Remove Ihram, as all restrictions are now lifted. Umrah is now complete.


  1. If possible, cling to area between the corner of al-Hajarul-Aswad (The Black Stone) and the door.
  2. If possible, touch The Black Stone with the right hand and also kiss it; if not, simply make a sign towards it with the right hand.
  3. There is no specific Du’aa during the walk around the Ka’bah, apart from what has been mentioned for between The Yemeni Corner to The Black Stone. You can therefore recite the Quran or any Dua as you please.
  4. If possible, touch Ar-Ruknul-Yamani (Yemeni Corner) each time – this is best; if not, then do not make any sign towards it.

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