Umrah is the most cherished dream for a Muslim and the trip has to be perfect. Women are only allowed to travel or to perform Umrah with a Mehram but a woman gets separated from the man who is accompanying her in Masjid-e-Nabawi and Masjid-ul-Haram where there are separate sections for men and women. Usually parents are skeptical about taking their kids on Umrah because of the separation and it becomes difficult for women to perform the rituals and also take care of the kids. But, Umrah with small children does not need to be stressful if you remember certain things. Here are some of the most important guidelines on going for Umrah with children:
Performing Umrah with family especially the parents can be an unforgettable experience. Helping your elderly parents to complete all the religious rituals not only gives you mental satisfaction but also the spiritual gratification. It is true that the trip could be a little overwhelming because your parents are dependent on you because of their lack of strength but the rewards are manifold. Try to be patient always and remember Allah rewards every deed that is done with a good intention and for His sake. Anas ibn Malik (RA) narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said:
“If a young man honors an elderly on account of his age, Allah appoints someone to honor him in his old age.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Note: An elderly lady can perform Umrah alone without a Mehram. According to the rules and regulations of the Saudi government, a woman above the age of 45 is allowed to go on Umrah with her fellow pilgrims. But, she is required to submit No Objection Certificate from her Mahram and must travel with an organized group.
Umrah is a preferred Sunnah and must be performed by those who are physically and financially capable of undertaking it. If a person suffers from chronic illness or permanent disability, he does not have to perform Umrah. However, disabled Muslims who wish to undertake this spiritual journey can fulfill their wish but adequate preparations must be made before going on Umrah. A disabled person should consult with his travel agent before making any booking. Jeddah airport and the Grand Mosque in Makkah is well-equipped for the disabled. Your travel agent should ensure that the airport staff is advised about your needs in advance. Wheel-chairs are available for free in Masjid-ul-Haram.