Can a man perform Umrah alone? This question was a meaningful question before the start of Umrah 2022. But now this is not true, because a man can perform Umrah alone whenever he wants. It is the long-standing dream of every Muslim to perform it once in his lifetime. This worship purifies the soul and body of every Muslim who participates in it.
According to Shariah, there is no prohibition for any male of puberty age to perform Umrah alone or in a group. On the contrary, there are certain rules and regulations to be followed during the pilgrimage for a woman. In the early days of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, one of the restrictions imposed by the Saudi authorities was to perform Umrah alone.
Are men permitted to perform Umrah alone?
Umrah is a holy pilgrimage to Makkah that can be performed at any time of the 12 months. Muslims from all over the world offer this sacred journey with full passion of faith, whether they are men or women.
Islam has certain rules for men and women to follow when offering the Umrah alone. Men are allowed to perform Umrah alone and without a companion (male or female) following Sharia. Men are unquestionably strong, both physically and mentally. Because it is in men’s nature to be able to deal with risk or loss on their own, Islam permits men to perform Umrah alone, even without a partner.
Nowadays, a single person can visit the whole of Saudi Arabia while performing Umrah as there is no limit for Umrah pilgrims. There is no prohibition if some people want to visit the country for more than one age. They can also get all the facilities in their Umrah packages with a visit visa.
Performing Umrah alone for men during Covid-19
Before the Covid-19 attack on the world, all male pilgrims performed Umrah without any restriction. But this pandemic had badly affected the entire world’s routine. Same, the Hajj and Umrah flights were closed due to this pandemic.
The Saudi Arabian government had restricted all pilgrims, whether they were men or women. Only those pilgrims allowed, who were between 18 and 50 in age, perform Umrah with a group.
But, now, the Saudi authorities lifted restrictions on male pilgrims to perform Umrah with a group. There is no age restriction on male pilgrims to offer Umrah now.
Read also: How do I prepare for Ihram?
How to perform Umrah alone?
There are many steps for performing Umrah alone. These are as follows:
- Performing Wudu (Ghusal mustahabb)
- Wearing two pieces of clothes known as Ihram from Miqat
- Performing two rakats of Salah-al-Ihram
- Pronouncing the Niyyah (Intention)
- Reciting Taliyah
- Performing Tawaf (7 complete rounds around the Kaaba)
- Performing Sa’i (7 rounds between the two hills of Safa and Marwah)
- Shaving or trimming the hair to leave the state of Ihram
Advantages of performing Umrah alone
There are many advantages of performing Umrah alone. These are as follows:
- If a pilgrim performs Umrah alone, he can visit holy places as he wishes.
- There is no burden of any responsibility of other fellows when a pilgrim performs Umrah alone.
- If a pilgrim offers Umrah alone, he can offer all rites of Umrah independently
- There is no restriction of any tour group on him when a pilgrim performs Umrah alone.
- A pilgrim can enjoy this spiritual journey if he performs Umrah alone.
Disadvantages of Performing Umrah alone:
All accommodation rents during the stay in Makkah and Madinah will be shared based on which the burden of rents will be shared among more than one member. While visiting other holy places, a private booked taxi or transport can be expensive. But transportation on a common basis among the members of the group carries the load equally rather than singularly. So when one chooses a group for Umrah one can get a reasonably priced Umrah package.
Umrah is a shortened version of Hajj. Muslims from all over the world offer this blessed pilgrimage with full faith, whether they are men or women. According to Islam, men can perform Umrah alone. Before the pandemic Covid-19, the Saudi government had not restricted male pilgrims to perform Umrah alone. But, during the pandemic, they couldn’t perform Umrah alone due to restrictions were taking by Saudi authorities. However, now, the Saudi government has lifted all restrictions on performing Umrah alone. So, male pilgrims can perform Umrah alone.