Umrah allows pilgrims to perform their obligations at any point of the year, letting group have a a huge amount of choice regarding when to attend.
But with 12 months of options, you’d be forgiven for asking…when exactly when is the best time to perform Umrah?
Luckily, our team at YaHajji have been arranging Umrah pilgrimages for decades, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you decide when to schedule your trip.
1. Consider an ‘off-peak’ time
If you’re looking to save money on your travel and accommodation, choosing an off-peak hotel stay will mean that your rooms will be markedly cheaper and you will have access to a range of options. Alternatively, if you need to book ‘last minute’, having a reliable contact within a travel agency will make sure that you can get some of the best deals going.
2. Go when the weather is good
Many pilgrims feel that the months of December and January are the best times to arrange to attend due to the cooler air and more forgiving atmosphere. If you do decide to go in the warmer months, May to October will be more busy and it is crucially important that all travellers are properly prepared for the heat and that any younger children are kept out of direct sunlight at all times.
3. Think about Ramadan
While booking your pilgrimage during Ramadan is an attractive proposition, always remember that any arrangements and should be made well in advance. Every year hotels will be booked out for months beforehand by families and tour operators. In order to counteract this, speak to your travel agent about cancellations or available rooms – if you are prepared to book your flights with the same agent, you could even save money.
4. Go when it suits you
Ultimately, the flexibility of modern Umrah travel means that you will have a high degree of leeway in deciding to book a pilgrimage that fits into your life-schedule. Umrah is non-mandatory event and there is no obligation to undertake your pilgrimage if you cannot afford it or if your personal circumstances make it too difficult. Conversely, the event is intended to be an entirely spiritual pilgrimage - if spending a little more money means that you can spend more time on the spiritual matter of the pilgrimage, that is perfectly fine as well. It’s an experience that is too important to rush.