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How To Perform Hajj & Umrah


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How To Perform Hajj & Umrah with Pilgrim’s Companion Handbook

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Title How To Perform Hajj & Umrah
Format [A5] Paperback
Type Book
Publication Date July 2022
Edition 3rd
Publisher Heritage Press
Author Shaykh Nur al-Din ‘Itr
Language English
ISBN 9780957693715
Length (mm) 210
Width (mm) 130
Depth (mm) 16
Weight (g) 285
Numbered Pages 159
Total Pages 175
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Book Description

HOW TO PERFORM HAJJ & UMRAH According to the Four Sunni Schools of Law The hajj, or Greater Pilgrimage, to Mecca has been established as a religious duty in the Glorious Quran, and the Messenger of Allah ﷺ has described it as one of the ‘pillars’ of Islam and an ‘atonement for all of one’s past sins. Muslims are moreover enjoined to make the umrah, or Lesser Pilgrimage, to Mecca and to visit the Messenger of Allah & and his mosque in Medina. The present work is comprehensive manual on how to perform these pilgrimages, in terms of both the letter and spirit  of the law, according to the four Sunni schools of law-Hanafi, Maliki, ShafiT and Hanbali-showing us the great flexibility that is characteristic of the Sacred Law of Islam.

Shaykh Nur al-Din Itr (1937-2020), from Aleppo, Syria, was one of the leading authorities on Qur’anic and Hadith sciences. After initial studies in Syria, he undertook higher learning at Azhar University in Cairo, from which he received his BA, MA and PhD in Qur’anic and Hadith studies. For many years he served as the head of the Faculty for Qur’anic and Hadith Sciences and as a  professor at the University of Damascus and other Islamic institutes both in Syria and in other Arab countries, as well as authoring and editing numerous scholarly works and journals.



  • Transliteration Key
  • Translator’s Introduction
  • Shaykh Nür al-Din ‘Itr
  • Author’s Introduction


  • CHAPTER 1: The Fundamental Rulings of Hajj
  • The obligation to perform hajj and its pre-requisites
  • Hastening to perform hajj
  • The conditions for the obligation to perform hajj
  • The conditions for the validity of hajj
  • Things which are unlawful in ihram
    1. Things unlawful for one to wear
      • An important clarification for men regarding the ruling of tying the upper and lower garment
    2. Unlawful matters pertaining to the body of someone in ihram
      • Applying perfume
    3. Hunting
    4. Sexual intercourse and foreplay
    5. Acts of impiety (fisq) and disputation
      • Things which are lawful in ihram
      • The integrals of hajj
      • The necessary acts (wajibät) in hajj
        1. Regarding the ihram
        2. Regarding the tawaf
        3. Necessary acts during the standing at ‘Arafah
        4. Necessary acts in Mina
      • The sunnahs of hajj
        • The fundamental sunnahs of hajj


  • CHAPTER 2: The Fundamental Rulings of Umrah
  • The obligatory acts in umrah
  • The necessary acts in umrah
  • Ihram for umrah


  • CHAPTER 3: The Various Methods of Performing Hajj and Their Legality
  • The method of al-tamattu
  • The method of al-qirän
  • The sacrificial offering for the completion of al-tamattu’ and al-qiran
  • The time of the sacrificial offering for al-qiran and al-tamattu
  • The place in which the sacrifice is offered by a qarin or a mutamatti
  • The validity of the three methods of hajj
  • Which of these types of pilgrimage is best?
  • Important notice regarding the hajj of a woman during menses and lochia


  • CHAPTER 4: The Method of Performing Hajj and Umrah and the Transmitted Supplications for them
  • Preparation for the journey to perform hajj or umrah
  • Recommendations for the journey and its supplications
  • Dispensations for a traveller
  • Necessary guidelines for safety
  • How to perform umrah and its supplications
  • Entering Mecca
  • Entering the Sacred Mosque
  • circumambulation (Tawaf)
  • The supplications for tawaf
    • The first cycle of the tawaf
    • The second cycle of the tawaf
    • The third cycle of the tawaf
    • The fourth cycle of the tawaf
    • The fifth cycle of the tawaf
    • The sixth cycle of the tawaf
    • The seventh cycle of the tawaf
  • The prayer after the tawaf and its supplication
  • The supplication when drinking Zamzam
  • The supplication at the Multazam
  • The walk (sa’ y) between al-Safa and al-Marwah
  • The supplications during the cycle of sa’y
    • The first cycle of the sa’y
    • The second cycle of the sa’y
    • The third cycle of the sa’y
    • The fourth cycle of the sa’y
    • The fifth cycle of the sa’y
    • The sixth cycle of the sa’y
    • The seventh cycle of the sa’y
  • Release from the state of ihram for a mutamatti pilgrim and the one performing umrah only
  • The mufrid and the qarin
  • Staying in Mecca
  • Entering the revered Kaaba
  • How to perform hajj and its supplications
  • The daily rites of hajj
    • The Day of Tarwiyah
    • The Day of ‘Arafa
      • Proceeding towards ‘Arafah
      • The supplications in ‘Arafah
    • Setting off for al-Muzdalifah and spending
      • the night therein
    • Standing at al-Muzdalifah
      • The supplications in al-Muzdalifah
      • Picking up the stones
    • Travelling towards Mina
    • The Day of Sacrifice
      • The rituals in Mina on the Day of Sacrific
        • Stoning the ‘Aqabah Site (Jamrah al-‘Aqabah)
        • The sacrifice
        • Shaving or shortening the hair
        • The Tawaf of the Visit (Tawäf al-Ziyarah) [also known as the Tawaf of Departure (Tawaf al-Ifadah)]
  • The first release from ihram (al-tahallul al-awwal)
  • The second release from ihram (al-tahallul al-thani)
  • The first and second days of al-Tashriq (the second and third days of Eid)
    • The first departure (al-nafr al-awwal)
  • The third day of al-Tashriq (the fourth day of Eid)
    • The second departure (al-nafr al-thani)
  • The umrah of someone performing hajj only (mufrid)
  • The Farewell Tawaf (Tawaf al-Wad.a.)


  • CHAPTER 5: Visiting the Prophet ﷺ
  • The manner of visiting him
  • An important point for the visitor regarding the etiquette of of his visit
  • The Sacred Precinct (Haram) of Medina and the etiquette of staying therein
  • Visiting the historical sites


  • Bidding farewell to Medina
  • Concluding remarks


  • Glossary of Arabic Terms and Places



The Prophet described du’a’ (supplication) as the ‘essence of worship’ (mukhkh al-ibadah), and he especially enjoined the believers to turn to Allah عزَّوجل in supplication at virtuous times and places, as there is greater expectancy of prayers being accepted therein, and there are no places more sacred and virtuous than those wherein the hajj rituals are offered. Imam al-Nawawi relates from Hasan al-Basri رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ Supplications are answered during hajj on fifteen occasions: during the tawaf, at the Multazam, under the rain pipe (mizab), in the House [Kaaba], when drinking Zamzam, on al-Safa and al-Marwah, in the sa’y area, behind the Maqam [of Ibrahim عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُl, at ‘Arafah, at al-Muzdalifah, at Mina and at the three sites of stoning (amarat). Thus, deprived is he who does not fervently supplicate therein.

This booklet comprises a comprehensive collection of supplications extracted from Shaykh Nur al-Din Itr’s How to Perform Hajj and Umrah According to the Four Sunni Schools of Law.  Many of the supplications have been attributed to the Prophet & himself, while others to his Companions or scholars and saints of the succeeding generations.




Transliteration key

A note on transliteration

The Supplications:

  1. Bidding farewell to friends and family
  2. Bidding farewell to the traveller
  3. Leaving home for hajj (or any journey)
  4. Setting off in a vehicle
  5. Initiating the ihram for umrah
  6. Initiating the ihram for hajj only
  7. Initiating the ihräm for hajj and umrah simultaneously (al-qiran)
  8. Additions to the supplication of ihram for hajj and umrah
  9. Reaching al-Haram
  10. Reaching Mecca
  11. Entering the Sacred Mosque in Mecca (and any other mosque)
  12. After entering the Sacred Mosque in Mecca
  13. Exiting the Sacred Mosque in Mecca (and any other mosque)
  14. Beholding the Kaaba (for the first time)
  15. Entering the tawaf area (mataf)
  16. Commencing the tawäf
  17. Between the Yemeni corner and the Black Stone during the tawaf
  18. The supplications during the cycles of the tawaf
    1. The first cycle of the tawäf
    2. The second cycle of the tawaf
    3. The third cycle of the tawaf
    4. The fourth cycle of the tawaf
    5. The fifth cycle of the tawaf
    6. The sixth cycle of the tawäf
    7. The seventh cycle of the tawäf
  19. After the two umit prayer upon completion of the tawaf
  20. Drinking Zamzam
  21. Holding onto the Multazam
  22. Approaching al-Safa
  23. Standing on al-Safa
  24. Coming down from al-Safa
  25. Running between the two green columns
  26. The supplications during the cycles of the sa’y
    1. The first cycle of the say
    2. The second cycle of the say
    3. The third cycle of the say
    4. The fourth cycle of the say
    5. The fifth cycle of the say
    6. The sixth cycle of the say
    7. The seventh cycle of the say
  27. In the Hijr
  28. Heading towards Mina on eighth Dhu al-Hijah
  29. Proceeding towards ‘Arafah on the morning of ninth Dhu al-Hijjah
  30. The supplications in ‘Arafah
  31. En-route to al-Muzdalifah
  32. The supplications in al-Muzdalifah
  33. Reaching Mina after returning from al-Muzdalifah
  34. Throwing the stones at the sites
  35. After throwing the stones at the sites
  36. Laying down the animal to be sacrificed
  37. Having one’s head shaved
  38. Burying one’s hair
  39. During the first departure (al-nafr al-awwal)
  40. Arriving at the Kaaba and holding onto the Multazam
  41. Beholding the date orchards of Medina
  42. Entering the Prophet’s mosque عَلَيْهِ ٱلصَّلَاةُ وَٱلسَّلَامُ
  43. Exiting the Prophet’s mosque عَلَيْهِ ٱلصَّلَاةُ وَٱلسَّلَامُ
  44. Greeting the Prophet عَلَيْهِ ٱلصَّلَاةُ وَٱلسَّلَامُ
  45. Greeting Abu Bakr رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ
  46. Greeting Umar in al-Khattäb رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ
  47. Greeting those buried in al-Bagi’ رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ
  48. Greeting the Martyrs of Uhud رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهُ
  49. In Quba’ Mosque
  50. Leaving Medina
  51. Returning home
  52. Approaching the border of one’s city
  53. Entering one’s house after a journey
  54. Visiting the pilgrim after his return


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Dimensions 260 × 130 × 25 mm

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How To Perform Hajj & Umrah

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