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By Author: Safeena Rahman
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Hajj and Umrah are two pilgrimages that are considered to be of great importance in Islam. While Hajj is the major pilgrimage and among Islam's five pillars, Umrah is the 'minor pilgrimage'. Although lesser in importance when compared to Hajj, the minor pilgrimage is held in high regard by Muslims across the world as it is Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) Sunnah. It can be performed at any time during the year and is usually accomplished within a few hours owing to the lesser number of rituals involved when compared to the major pilgrimage of Hajj.

The Umrah packages from UK give Muslims of the country the opportunity to fulfil their dream of performing the minor pilgrimage without any hassles. Over the years, such packages have become quite affordable with the presence of many tour operators offering the Islamic religious tours of Hajj and Umrah. Their online presence in the form of user-friendly websites also provides greater ease for the country's Muslims to browse through the available packages and book the one that suits their budget. The packages offered by these tour operators not only help them accomplish their minor pilgrimage but also give them sufficient time to visit the important Islamic sites in and around Makkah.

One of the places they can visit with the help of their Umrah packages is Masjid-e-Taneem, which is a mosque located a few miles away from the Holy Kaabah. This mosque is also known as Masjid-e-Ayesha, as this is the place where Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) wife Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) had entered her state of Ihram. The mosque has become the most convenient location for those living within the boundaries of the Haram to enter the state of Ihram in recent times. Masjid-e-Ayesha is quite a big mosque with excellent facilities provided for taking baths, changing, and performing ablutions for pilgrims as well as those coming for regular prayers.

Abu Qubais is yet another site worth visiting with the Umrah packages offered by the tour operators of the UK. It is a sacred mountain located on Makkah's eastern frontier. This mountain was known as 'Al Amin' during the times when pagan Arabs resided in this region. This is believed to have been the place where the first of men resided and were buried after their death. It is also known as the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had shown pagans the miracle of splitting of the moon.

During their time spent in Makkah after performing Umrah, the pilgrims from the UK can also explore Masjid al-Jinn or 'Mosque of the Jinn'. This mosque has been built at the spot where a group of 'jinn' or genies had gathered after sunset once to hear Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recite a portion of the Holy Quran. According to Islamic traditions, the leaders of the genies later embraced Islam. This mosque is believed to be one of the oldest mosques in the holy city and is visited by numerous individuals every year.

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