To successfully perform Umrah or Hajj, particular rituals must be followed by a Muslim man or woman. One of these rituals is to enter into the state of Ihram. Without wearing this dress, Umrah cannot be completed, and it will be invalid before Allah (SWT). One must be in the state of Ihram to carry out rituals or acts of Umrah.
It is a white dress manufactured specifically for males. It comes in a variety of materials, but quality and climate both affect the cost. One must follow the restrictions of Ihram to completion of his pilgrimage. But the question arises that how long you have to wear Ihram in the Holy pilgrimage. Consider this article “How long can you stay in Ihram?” to understand the right answer. Read the whole description carefully so that it will benefit you about the ruling and restrictions.
Ihram wearing time for Hajj and Umrah
One of the main and first rituals of Hajj and Umrah is entering the state of Ihram. One cannot perform Hajj and Umrah without Ihram. The wearing time of Ihram depends on the total rituals of your Pilgrimage. It also focuses on the days for performing your pilgrimage, especially Hajj.
If we talk about Umrah, it can be performed in just a few hours, if the pilgrim is physically healthy and strong. It only has four steps to perform. It will just take 4 to 5 hours to perform the rituals (Tawaf, Sa’i, and Halq/Taqsir) in the state of Ihram. After performing the last ritual, you are free to leave the Ihram state.
In the case of Hajj, it is performed in 5 to 6 days, because it has more steps than Umrah. So in Hajj, you have to wear Ihram for 5 to 6 days. After that, you can remove your Ihram from your body, and you are free to perform other recommended acts.
Note: Most people don’t know about the rules of ihram. First, they have to read all information about Hajj and Umrah then book their Umrah and Hajj Packages.
Prohibitions of Ihram
- Using perfume or fragrance
- Wearing sewn/stitched clothes and shoes
- Killing insects
- Cutting nails and hair
- Intercourse or sexual activity
- Wearing makeup
- Covering face and head
Other acts you can do after completing the pilgrimage
After completing your Hajj and Umrah, you are allowed to exit from Ihram state. Now you can also do other Nafl acts and Ziyarats. Even one is allowed to perform Nafl Tawaf without the Ihram state. You may also enter Masjid al-Haram for your prayers and Duas.
Sacred for men
The outfit for men is made up of two white plain pieces of clothing called the ‘Izar’ and the ‘Rida’. Izar covers the upper part of the body, whereas Rida is for the lower part. Men should remove any sewed or tailored clothing before entering the Ihram state. You will have to remove the clothes on Miqat that violates the rules. One is allowed to wear stitched sandals or shoes, but they must not cover the ankle bones.
Ihram for women
There is no particular dress for women. They are free to dress however they please. But the dress they are wearing should be according to Islamic tradition and culture. Although the hands and faces must be uncovered. Wearing socks is permitted. Abaya can be the best dress for women’s Ihram as it will cover the whole body of a woman.
The total wearing time of Ihram stands on the rituals of pilgrimage (Hajj or Umrah). These pilgrimages have different times for the Ihram state. Umrah has less time for the state of Ihram than Hajj. Once you have done your pilgrimage, you are free from restrictions. You can perform Ziyarats and other prayers. However, Ziyarats are included in Umrah packages.