Packing List and Tips for Hajj & Umrah
When you travel for the holy land of Mecca & Madina is great journey that is
not only far off but is also a journey that reminds us of after life and our
duties to the people behind us.
According to Islam you should clear all your liabilities and pay off all your
dues before the spiritual journey. You are also bound by Islam to write a Will
before you leave.
Download a Sample of Islamic will for you and print it.
Following is a check list of items to be carried for the pilgrimage you may
more things it is always better to prepare the list so at last moment you do not
forget any items which you might need.
- An Umbrella
- Pair of Sleepers
- Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste mouth wash if necessary
- Shampoo & Soap
- Few packs of biscuits and other dry food items
- Packet of tissues and Toilet Tissue Roll
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Medicines Disprin, Ponstan, Strepsils, Cough Syrup, Immodium
- Face and hands washing soap, Detergent of cloth washing Soap
- One or 2 Cups and glasses
- Few pairs of socks
- Nail Cutter
- A small Knife for cutting fruits (Keep this in your big luggage not in
- Camera and Sufficient batteries take extra batteries (Keep this in your
big luggage not in hand Luggage)
- A prayer mat if needed.
- One or two Extra Travel Bags this is for when you go to some place for a
longer period or for bringing gifts on way bak.
- Some Extra Packed Juices of soft drinks they are available but its better
to have one or two in your bag as well.
- Face cream or cold cream or Patroleum Jelly Its very hot but due to
Air-conditioning its also very dry.
- A Travel Iron
- Tea Bags and Water Heater for making tea
Some of the other things you need to make sure you know.
Attend the hajj seminars and
workshops conducted by your Hajj tour company (tour-operator)
Make sure you have all the
travel documents necessary before you leave for Hajj These Items are
Your Identity Card
Your Airline Ticket
Transport Vouchers or tickets
Although most airlines flying
out from Jeddah allow hajj passengers to carry zam zam water on board in
addition to the maximum weight allowance it is better to find out when you
arrive at airport when you arrive about carrying zam zam
Allow some flexibility in your
departure schedule as it may not be possible for you to depart on scheduled
dates due to some unforeseen circumstances particularly for women if the have
to delay tawaf of hajj (tawaf-ziyarah) due to menstrual cycle
For women they may want to
should consult with their doctor and take proper medications to delay or
differ the menstruation cycle during the Hajj or Umrah
All the flights to Jeddah
airport cross the miqat before they land in Jeddah therefore you must be in
the state of Ihram when landing in Jeddah airport
If you are traveling direct to
Jeddah, you will assume Ihram before you board the plane other wise you enter
Ihram at any transit stop enroute to Jeddah. Your group leader will advise
you about it. You will have lots of help from your fellow hajjis, or your
group leader who accompany’s your group.
Some of the other things you need to make sure you know.
Develop an understanding, the
respect and love for the prophet Muhammad (s) and his mission for mankind
Develop humility and the
highest degree of patience.
Dont shout Do not liter at
airports or spill water in Toilets or try to impose to other that you are VIP
In Allah’s house everyone is VIP. Some of these old humble poor people around
you may be a lot closer to Allah than your royal highness.
So become a kinder, gentler
person at during hajj and umrah and try to keep the same spirit forever.
Once you are there, do not
yell, do not be overly demanding or rude with your Hajj group leader or staff
Always Say Please and wait for
Reduce your expectations
regardless of what you may have paid for your hajj package and of what you
were promised for this journey. Even if you felt cheated and if you did not
complain and remain patient Allah surely will compensate you insha Allah
This journey is may be
different from any other journey you may have ever taken. Tour operators and
their associates however, may try to fulfill their promises, but may not able
to do so because situations will arise in which they have no control over
Once inside Saudi Arabia,
expect delays from the airport to your hotel and do not look or feel
frustrated, angry and take it out on your group leader. He has no control
over the local entrants no matter what you paid.
Perform 2 rakats of
Salaat-al-Tawbah (repentance of the past bad deeds). Be conscious of doing
good deeds always. Understand tawheed and behaviour in it.
Follow the sunnah of the
Prophet Muhummad (P.B.U.H)
Be regular in five daily
prayers while you are on this journey and also when you return
Read Quran with meaning to
understand and practice sincerely
People from all over the world
and different backgrounds will be there. Do not engage in meaningless
arguments and quarrels. Give others preference over yourselves. Seek
forgiveness immediately should you hurt or offend anyone.
If you wish to express your
dissatisfaction write a detailed letter to your tour operator and make
suggestions on how to improve services.
LEAVE YOUR HOME
Plan to do hajj with the
intention of obeying Allah ‘s command while avoiding riya
Pray two rakahs salah and seek
help from Allah and pray for a safe journey. Ask Allah for His help and
protection from the harm of evil. At the departure gate, take taqwa with you
and leave behind your heartfelt duas’ for your family so that they may remain
in Allah’s protection
Check all your travel documents
(i.e. passport, airline tickets and all relevant coupons, verify with airline
Make extra copies of your
passport, visa, tickets and the traveler’s cheques. Take one set with you and
place it in a separate location along with a couple of identification photos.
Leave an extra set of documents at home.
Take only one good bag/suitcase
Take one with wheels so that
you can pull it. Tie some good rope firmly b/c in some cases, the baggage may
fall and burst open scattering the contents
Make a few personalized
identification tags or marks that you can spot from a distance
Your carry on bag should
contain survival items for 2 to 3 days, just in case your main bag gets lost
When loading and unloading to
and from bus or taxi, be sure to check your baggage. Make sure that what you
pack belongs to you
If you break away from the
group, you are on your own, don’t put the blame on your tour operator for
leaving you behind
Get to know your travel
companies and your group leader before hand, in order to understand the
schedule and one anthers expectations
Learn Arabic: at least a few
words and phrases will be helpful. Most of the locals understand some English
and other eastern languages rather well
Traveller’s cheques are not
recomended as they hard to cash since you won’t be carrying your passport,
which will be taken from you just before boarding in Jeddah or at madinah
airport. You will receive your passport upon your return at Jeddah airport
for the flight back to your home country
Carry US Dollars or
Pounds or Euros larger bills of 100 or 50 dollar bills or pounds. You can
exchange Dollars every where in Saudi Arabia into Riyals
Do not carry all your money
with you; place your money at different locations on yourself. This is a
Take approximately 1000.00
dollars per adult for miscellaneous expanses or emergency needs. This amount
is in addition to all other hajj related expenses
Note: In case your tour operator has arranged for private buses for
transportation during the entire trip, you should be refunded for all your
transport vouchers attached in your passport before you leave Jeddah Airport.
Ask your tour operator about it. Nobody can cash it for any reason or pretence
LEAVE HOME FOR THE AIRPORT
Call the airport beforehand to
find out the status of your departure flight.
Be on time at the airport as
instructed by your group leader. If you miss your flight, you are responsible
for costs incurred
Leave your home early enough to
arrive to the airport on time for your flight. Consider the weather, road
conditions, and traffic laws
Check all your travel documents
once again before you leave your home
Use the washroom as soon as you
feel the need. Do not wait too long
If you are in Ihram, do not use
cologne/perfume products available on the flight
When you come out of the
washroom, make sure you leave it very clean, with no water on the floor, or
used tissues in the sink or wash basins
– HAJJ TERMINAL
Upon arrival, your group will
be received the staff of ministry of Hajj. They will help you process the
You will be waiting in the
arrival halls until your turn comes. These halls have no facilities except
washrooms, wudu areas and drinking water. It is going to be approximately a
4-6 hour wait, depending on the date and time of arrival. Eat the snacks you
have packed in your carry-on.
Your baggage is your
responsibility. Work on a baggage supervision plan with your group. Stay
Next – you will show your
passport for the removal of the Hajj fee. Cashiers cheques, and bus travel
vouchers will be stapled to your passport. Before you move on, check these
items and your passport for accuracy
Your group will then move into
the waiting area platforms, opposite of the terminal halls. There will be
restaurants, banks, ministry offices, prayer areas and airport malls where you
can buy hajj related items. By this time, you may be exhausted and hungry
Always keep your passport in
your possession. Go to the bank (cubicles) and convert your money into Saudi
Riyals. Eat and rest, sitting watching your luggage. You may shop for your
needs in these malls.
Your group leader will collect
passports to make arrangements for the bus to Makkah or Medina according to
your travel itinerary
When the bus arrives at the
platform, enter your bus and sit in your seat. Luggage will be handled by the
airport porter and loaded into the bus.
All your passports are with the
Before the bus leaves the
terminal platform, a passenger count will be taken by cross referencing with
the passports by Ministry staff or driver and your group leader
According to your travel
itinerary, the bus will travel to Medina or Makkah. Upon arrival, before
entering the city, you will pass through a reception centre, where your
passports will be registered in the data centre and your Muallim’s office. If
you leave your bus to go to the washroom or any other reason, make sure you
note your bus number and isle number so you may return to your respective bus
When you enter Medina, the bus
goes to the Muallim’s office where your passports will be deposited and
receipts will be given to your group leader. Every Hajji will receive a
wrist-band and the Muallim’s address card.
Next, your bus will go to your
hotel for accommodations according to your Hajj package.
Once you have unloaded your
luggage, assigned your rooms, rested and refreshed, you are ready to do Umrah.
Your group leader or
accompanied religious scholar will brief you on how to perform Umrah. You will
then be lead to the Masjid Al-Haram.
When you get to the 1st
sight of the Ka’aba, Stop, and make takbir and recite dua
Complete a one tawaaf of Umra
with Idtibah and Ramal and Sa’ee
Men will cut their hair at a
barbershop near the doors of Marwah while the ladies will be waiting near the
door of Marwah
After that, you will go to your
hotel rooms and help in cutting the ladies’ hair (approx. 1 inch of hair in
After this, come out of Ihram,
take shower and change into regular clothes. At this point, your Umrah is
From now until the 8th
of Dhul Hijjah, you are free to do any activity
During your stay in Makkah:
Attend 5 daily prayers in
Do as many nafil tawaaf as
Do extra Umrah’s if you wish
Consult your religious
scholar at all times for any/all religious matters
According to your itinerary, if
your are visiting Medina before Hajj, follow the instructions of the group
leader about packing luggage for traveling and departure to Medina either by
Saudi Air or by bus
VISIT TO MEDINA
After arriving to your hotel
room, freshen up, eat some food if hungry and leave for Masjid-e-Nabawi.
In the masjid, pray 2 rak’ah
Tahayyah-tul-Masjid and recite durood on the Prophet (saw).
Walking with humility &
respect, join the existing line, walking towards the grave site (rowdka) which
will be on your left side. As you come closer, facing the screen, say a
sincere Salaam to the Prophet Muhammad (saw) “As Salaam Alaikum ya Rasulullah”
Do not raise your hands in
front of the grave site for a du’aa
Avoid all forms of shirk (4:48)
Next, move onwards to your
right and say your salam to Hadrat Abu Bakr (R) and then to Hadrat Umar (R)
Next to the marked pillars area
called Riyaz-ul-Jannah and prays at least 2 nawafil and without hurting or
disturbing anyone. Pray and make your dua’a here, sincerely for this is a high
place of acceptance. This is part of Jannah as it is narrated in a hadith
Spend as much time as possible
in this masjid to do Salah, durood-e-Ibrahim, dhikr of Allah (swt) and study
the Quran. Additionally, you may offer salaam (if possible after every salah)
Your group leader will arrange
a guided tour of the historical and religious sites in and around Medina that
include a visit to Masjid Quba
START OF HAJJ
OF DHUL HIJJA – HAJJ STARTS TODAY
If you are in Makkah, take a
shower and put on Ihram and make the intention for Hajj and say Talbiya as you
did for Umrah, observing the restrictions of Ihraam.
Those coming from Mina, enter
the state of Ihraam in Medina or Dul Hulaifa making intention for Hajj. Say
Talbiya and start observing Ihram restrictions.
All hujjaj in ihram from
Medina, Makkah or from anywhere proceed to Mina arriving before noon on 8th
of Dhul HIjjah. You will stay over night in Mina.
During your stay in Mina, do
Ibaadat – avoiding all worldly conversations
Be helpful to the needy
OF DHUL HIJJA – DAY OF ARAFAH
After Fajr prayer, proceed to
the tents in within the boundary of Arafat with your group
Remember to stay with your
group at all times
Remember that you came all the
way here for today’s event – i.e. The day of Hajj you will stay here from
noon to sunset during which you pray Zuhr, Asr shortened and combined with one
adhan and two aqama
Some pilgrims may do these
prayers at their respective times. Do not get into arguments. Follow your
After Zuhr and Asr prayers, eat
lunch get some rest and start waqoof Arafat.
Today is the climax of Hajj for
the Hujjaj. It is the day you came here for physicality and spirituality. You
must do some taubaa and istigfar, reciting words of Tawheed. This the day of
the largest gathering of all Hujjaj, when everyone is and should be begging
from the one and same Master his Majesty, Allah (swt)
All will stand in the same
location, with the same address, uttering the same words, asking for the same
requests and following the protocol He invited to come there and to ask
questions. You must produce Khuzoo, Kushroo, Taqwa and Rija’a (hope) - expect
only good from Allah (swt) regardless of how meager but must be sincere).
He answers all prayers. Today
is the best day for acceptance of your dua’a
The biggest loser amongst us is
one who does not ask for nor has Rija’a (hope)
Observe the waqoof from late
afternoon to sun down. Remember to pray for your parents, family, relatives,
friends and those who helped and assisted you to prepare for this important
Follow the group leaders
Upon arrival in Muzdalifah,
after sunset, first pray Maghrib and Isha Salah. Combined and shortened.
Combine 49-70 pebbles to throw
at Jamarat on 10, 11, 12 & 13th.
Stay in Muzdalifah. Pray Fajr
early at the starting time and engage in dua until day break
After sun rise, leave for Mina
tents with your group
OF DHUL HIJJAH
This is the day of Sacrifice
First, go to Jamarat site with
your group, throw stones at the last Jamarat only and return to the tent.
If you have purchased Qurbani
vouchers, assume Qurbani is done. Shave your head.
Discard Ihram, take shower and
come out of Ihram. Put on regular clothes.
After that, go to Makkah, with
your group leader. Perform tawaf of Hajj followed by Sa’ee and return to Mina
and spend one night in Mina.
12th throw pebbles on the three Jamarat – 7 pebbles each, any time
after zuhr salaat until late evening.
If you are in a
hurry, you can return to Makkah on the evening of the 12th day.
until the 13th. Leave Mina after throwing pebbles after Zuhr salat.
When you have returned to Makkah, perform a farewell tawaf before returning to
If you have not
yet visited Medina, this is the time to go to Medina after farewell tawaf.
Your hajj trip
has come to an end. May Allah accept your Hajj
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