Sara International Travel Prepares For 2015 Umrah Season

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia has announced the start of the 2015 Umrah season from the end of December 2014. Sara International Travel enlightens Muslims on the spiritual significance of undertaking Umrah and provides travel packages to suit the diverse needs of devotees.

Sara International Travel Pilgrims in Madinah

Sara International Travel Pilgrims in Madinah

Sara International Travel, a leading Hajj and Umrah tour and travel operator in the United States and Guyana, South America, wishes to enlighten Muslims on the significance of Umrah in Islam.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia, has announced the start of the 2015 Umrah season. The 2015 season commences towards the end of December 2014. Sara International Travel, a leading Hajj and Umrah tour and travel operator in the United States and Guyana, South America, wishes to enlighten Muslims on the significance of Umrah in Islam. They also provide packages and services to help devotees fulfill their religious duties in a hassle-free manner.

According to the Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia, more than six million faithfuls from all over the world visited the Grand Mosque or the Ka'aba in Makkah to undertake the Umrah during the recently-concluded season. This number more than trebled to about 20 million during the holy Ramadan season. The Umrah forms an essential component of the Islamic faith.

Islam requires every faithful to undertake the Hajj at least once in their lifetimes. Although Umrah is not mandatory—it is regarded as a "lesser pilgrimage"— Hadith still recommends the practice as a way to seek forgiveness from Allah for one's sins. The Sahih Al-Bukhari contains the teachings and sayings of Prophet Muhammad. In this Hadith book, Umrah is ascribed as much significance as the Hajj. Both Hajj and Umrah are hailed as practices that show one's devotion to Allah and his willingness to abide by Allah's wishes. When one undertakes the Umrah pilgrimage and performs all the rituals associated with it diligently, he manifests his inclination to sacrifice his resources—time, money, and energy—to be of service to Allah. Such faith and obedience is rewarded by Allah by granting peace, prosperity, and abundance to the devotee.

According to the Al-Tirmidhi Hadith, undertaking Umrah during the holy month of Ramadan has added spiritual significance. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad had himself advised a faithful to undertake Umrah during the Ramadan season to be bestowed with the same rewards as one can obtain after undertaking the Hajj. In 2015, the holy month of Ramadan will commence on 18 June and continue till 17 July.

Sara International Travel recognizes the sentiments of Muslims surrounding the Umrah. The company is also aware that in recent years, the Saudi government has reduced the number of visa quotas and made the application approval process more stringent for health and safety reasons. Sara International Travel provides visa advice, information, and guidance to those who want to undertake the Umrah to ensure their applications have the maximum chance of being accepted. In addition, the Sara International Travel offers lucrative Umrah packages to ensure faithfuls can concentrate on fulfilling their religious duties in a foreign country in a hassle-free manner without needing to worry about the logistics of moving from one place to another and arranging accommodation.

About Sara International Travel

Sara International Travel in place has been providing Hajj and Umrah travel services for the past 21 years. It offers diverse Umrah and Hajj packages to suit the preferences and budget of Muslims who may be traveling alone (Umrah) or in groups. Additionally, Sara International Travel also provides guidance to pilgrims to help make their spiritual journey to Makkah more meaningful and rewarding.

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