Ihram – The Sacred Garment

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Ihram is the sacred clothing in which the pilgrim enters to perform Hajj or Umrah, before undertaking the journey to the Holy Land of Makkah. A pilgrim is supposed to enter the state if Ihram before the sanctity of Miqat. Miqat is the boundary set by Allah SWT, beyond which the pilgrim must not proceed if he or she is not in Ihram.

Normally, when the Britain travel, their flights enter the region of Jeddah after flying over Medina and Miqat is reached well before reaching Jeddah. As a normal practice, your Ihram should be on at least one hour before reaching Jeddah. Saudi Airlines make an announcement about 45 minutes before reaching Miqat, so the pilgrims of Hajj or Umrah get to do the needful to enter the state of Ihram.

Ibn Abbas (R.A.) reported that Allah’s messenger described following places for Ihram:

  • Dhul Halafia for the people of Medina
  • Al-Juhfa for the people of Syria
  • Qarn al-Manazil for the people of Najd (Riyadh), UAE
  • Dhul-ul-irq for the people of Iraq
  • Yalamlam for the people of Yemen

The Garment of Ihram:

The symbolic clothing of Ihram has two sheets of white unstitched cloth for men, one for the upper body to cover the shoulders and the other one for the lower body that covers around the waist. While for women, her ordinary clothes are her Ihram that represents her modesty.

The footwear to be used by men must not cover the ankles and the top raised bone of the feet; while there are no restrictions for women about shoes. Women are not allowed to cover their faces and the men are not supposed to cover their heads while in Ihram.

The purpose of the pure clothing of Ihram is to rise above all the man-made standards of high and low, reflecting the equality of all the people beyond the superficiality of race, color or culture, thereby submitting oneself wholly with heart, body and soul to Almighty Allah.




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