Ustadha Naielah Ackbarali has compiled and recorded a set of free valuable and comprehensive lessons for Muslim sisters who are going on Umra.
Ustadha Naielah Ackbarali has launched a website, Umrah For Women, for sisters who wish to go on Umra but wish to know more about the conditions and rites surrounding the act.
She has recorded a set of seven video-lessons and compiled a further list of additional resources according to the fiqh of the Hanafi madhhab, all for free.
A Letter to Our Sisters from Ustadha Naiela
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate.
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu.
Dear Sister of Faith,
Congratulations on being invited by Allah Most High to perform a blessed umrah inshaAllah. We pray that Allah Most High accepts your umrah and makes it a means to deepen your relationship with Him Most High.
Allah Most High says: And I have not created jinn and mankind except to worship Me. (51:56)
The Prophet ﷺ said: “From one umrah to another is expiation for what comes in between, and ‘al-hajj al-mabrur’ brings no reward less than Paradise.” (Nasa’i)
Undoubtedly, the umrah is a tremendous spiritual opportunity that is filled with special secrets for a heart that is open to its delightful prospects. In today’s times, traveling for umrah has become quite easy and accessible for almost every Muslim. While visiting these holy lands opens a door for more spiritual development, these fruits can only ripen when a pilgrim knows how to utilize her time in a beneficial manner while in Makkah and Madina.
AlhamduliLlah, over the years we’ve been blessed to travel several times to Makkah and Madina, and what we’ve observed is that many pilgrims spend most of their trip trying to figure out how to maneuver through the haramayn or carelessly leave learning how to perform the umrah until the last minute. Some buy umrah guides to casually read, but the truth is that this knowledge must also be coupled with a teacher explaining the rulings in order to affirm a correct understanding of its details.
With the intention to serve the ummah and assist our sisters in the deen in embarking on their spiritual journey, by Allah’s grace we’ve created free umrah videos that cover the fiqh rulings related to the umrah according to the Hanafi madhhab, as well as included the spiritual significance behind many of the umrah rites and modern-day practical tips for women.
We encourage sisters to please take this opportunity of listening to these lessons seriously. The sins committed in Makkah and Madina are multiplied. Carelessly performing the umrah or ‘guessing’ about what one should do is completely unacceptable and irresponsible. Save yourself from making senseless mistakes and save your heart from staying in these holy places in a state of heedlessness.
The first six recordings detail the umrah rites and the last recording discusses how to visit the Prophet ﷺ in Madina. In order to help make things easier, we advise the following:
- Follow the lesson outline stated on the site. Avoid skipping around and haphazardly streaming through the videos. This could possibly create more confusion and misunderstanding of the rulings.
- Listen to the recordings more than once BEFORE leaving your home country. Do not wait until last minute to learn about the umrah. Giving yourself adequate time to move through the material will ensure more presence of heart during your trip. You can download the recordings and save them to your devices inshaAllah. The total time for all recordings is approximately 5 hours. The lessons were purposely kept short in order to make it more appealing and easier for listeners inshaAllah.
- Read the additional resources. The bulk of the knowledge which is needed for the umrah is included in the videos, but we also provided extra reading material to further explain certain points inshaAllah. We also have a QUESTIONS section on the site that answer the most common questions from sisters inshaAllah.
Please excuse any mistakes and wrong that we may have committed while creating this project. We pray that Allah accepts it and that it will be a means to increase the ummah in love and reverence for Allah’s great symbols (sha’aa’ir) and the haramayn.
We humbly request your duas. May Allah accept them and your umrah.
Jazak Allah khayran.
Your Muslim Sister,
Umrah For Women