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Umrah In December Allows Muslims To Visit Important Places

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By Author: Safeena Rahman
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Makkah, a holy city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has a hot desert climate, which is characterised by extremely hot temperatures during the summer season. The city gets some respite during the winter season in terms of temperatures beginning from the month of December. This is the time when most of the Muslims living in countries with freezing winter temperatures visit the holy city to perform their Umrah. This Islamic pilgrimage is often called the 'lesser pilgrimage' and can be performed within a few hours as it involves lesser rituals when compared to the major pilgrimage of Hajj.

There are certain benefits of performing an Umrah in December for Muslims, especially those living in countries of Northern Europe. One of them is the holiday season that they get to enjoy during this month, especially in its last week. This is the time when most of the educational institutions and offices remain closed owing to Christmas and New Year celebrations. Muslims can make the most of this opportunity to fulfil their dream of performing the lesser pilgrimage by embarking on their sacred journey to Makkah from their home countries. They can also take members of their family along with them to perform their Umrah.

Another great benefit of performing the lesser pilgrimage in December is the pleasant climate that Muslims from such countries would enjoy in Makkah. Any pilgrim with good health would find the temperatures of the holy city in this month quite comfortable. They can perform all the rituals of Umrah with ease and have a pleasant stay in Makkah if they choose to visit during the month of December. Upon booking the packages for this time of the year well in advance, they would have greater savings for their journey. The amount that they save while booking their package in advance can be utilised for exploring the important Islamic sites in and around the city.

One of them is Abu Qubais, a sacred mountain located on Makkah's eastern frontier. It is believed to have been known by the name 'Al Amin' during the times when this region was inhabited by pagans, although no one is absolutely sure about the exact origin of the name 'Abu Qubais'. This is believed to have been the place where the first of men lived and were buried after their death. According to the Islamic traditions, this is also the place where Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had shown pagan Arabs the miracle of the 'splitting of the moon'.

Yet another place worth visiting for pilgrims during their stay in Makkah is 'Masjid al-Jinn' or 'Mosque of the Jinn'. The word 'jinn' refers to genies that were supernatural creatures. Masjid al-Jinn is considered among the oldest mosques in Makkah and is also one of the important ones. This mosque has been built at the place where a group of jinn had gathered after sunset to hear Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) recite a portion of the Holy Quran. He later met the leaders of the jinn after his recitation and accepted their embrace of Islam.

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