Seasonal Flights Terminal at the Cairo International Airport will witness today، Saturday، the take-off of at least 15 flights carrying a total of 2378 would-be Egyptian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
EgyptAir Airline announced in previous statements it plans to transport about 45،000 pilgrims during the month of Ramadan to Jeddah and Medina.
The pilgrims flights will continue until June 3، where the return flights will start from June (12-30).
Noteworthy، Muslim pilgrims often perform Umrah during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar، Ramadan، in Mecca، Saudi Arabia، which can be undertaken at any time of the year، in contrast to Hajj، which is performed during the month of Dhul Hijjah، which is the twelfth month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
Umrah and Hajj seasons are regulated by Saudi authorities to ensure that the holy sites and lodging in Makkah and Madinah are able to accommodate millions of visitors، which is needed for crowd control and avoid death cases.
Performing Umrah is neither imperative nor obligatory، but it is a privilege and performing it even once in a lifetime can bring a pilgrim great rewards، according to Muslim Aid.
Though a smaller scale pilgrimage than Hajj، Umrah is just as sacred and just as impressive.
It is also a more flexible option for those struggling with certain commitments and time or financial constraints.
Unlike Hajj، you don't have a fixed time or date by which you have to perform Umrah. You can complete it at any time of year، either in conjunction with Hajj (Umrat al-tammatu) or independent of it (al-Umrat al mufradah).
However، if you want to complete Umrah in its own right، you will need to wait for Hajj is over.
There are certain rites to perform as part of Umrah، such as entering a state of Ihram، completing Tawaf of Ka'bah، and Sa'yee between the hills of Safa and Marwah. However، you don't have to visit Mina، Arafat or Muzdalifa as you do in Hajj، and you don't have to practice Qurbani.