10 Super Useful Tips for Performing Umrah with Kids

Are you planning Umrah with kids? Umrah is the ultimate goal and recognition for Muslims around the world. And for parents, it is important to ensure that Umrah and its love is perpetrated into the children. Many contemplate over taking their kids to Umrah. Some are reluctant and some make the bold decision. However, here we have  given a detailed account of the tips and recommendations for parents who have decided to go to Umrah with their kids.
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Even as a family, you will have to be separated during your activities at Masjid An Nabawi and Masjid Al Haram. Families typically do not want to take kids due to the separation and it is difficult for women to perform duties and also take care of the kids. If you follow the below stated tips, Inshallah, your decision for taking kids on Umrah will be the most blissful and rewarding. Many of Muslims actually enjoy performing the Islamic ritual during Ramadan to have multiple benefits with their families. You can not only enjoy the prayers but also the fastings.

Do realize that the locals often bring their kids to the Umrah. So, this is a very common trait. But if you are travelling from another country, we do recommend that you book the best and high class travel experience for your family. Kids will need the extra care and the hotels do provide the extra benefits like swimming pools and food quality.

Things to consider

  1. Kids need to know why they are going. This is not the typical family resort or the family vacation trip. There is a purpose and recognition of faith in this travel. First tip is for kids to know the reason and objective. This needs to be clearly understood. They need to know that there will be much travel, prayers, supplications and other activities. We recommend that you educate your kids on certain supplications that they should be reciting at their age. Their are specific duas during Umrah that kids can easily recite.
  2. You are entering one of the most crowded areas and events known to mankind. Hence in such crowded places it is essential to always keep a vigilant eye on your kids. hold hands or even have a rope to ensure that you do not misplace kids. It is tragic when you lose your kid or kids. In such a crowded area, it is difficult and almost impossible. The reality is that they can get hurt. The most important part is to educate them also of the awareness of being close to parents.
  3. Food and water is not readily available. Hence it is critical to have bag with different food items and water.
  4. All kids need to be vaccinated. We even recommend this for adults as well. Infants, children, and even adults are compulsorily needed to get vaccination of meningitis ACWY135. Children belonging to the age group of 2-15 years need to have meningitis and polio vaccinations, while children below and above 3 months, need ‘A’ vaccine, with two shots taken at a gap of 3 months. H1N1 vaccine is also needed. Do not consider this something that can be avoided. In fact, doctors recommend taking these vaccination shots few weeks and even months in advance. This is in case the kids get fever or any side reactions. Last thing you want is that kids go sick while performing Umrah.
  5. Keep a particular note on the dressing. Many families that live in the United States keep on wearing the western clothing in this area. This is not recommended. You should always wear clothing of that particular regions. If you have a daughter we recommend that you educate them to wear hijaab. Kids above 6 years old should also wear Ihram.
  6. We recommend refraining from bringing toys to the mosque. Specially action figures and dolls. However if you have infants then bring something that they at least keep busy with. Do not bring mobile phones or other electronic gadgets  that kids have. More over in this rush, many of the toys will be lost and can even hurt people walking on the floor.
  7. Wheelchairs are available for rent, and these can be used for seating children. Strollers are not allowed inside the mosques.
  8. You can arrange many wonderful activities during Umrah. In fact, there are many site seeing places and your entire family can enjoy these activities.
  9. Kids do not have the energy power specially in crowded areas so make rest and keep them under active level. they can easily dehydrate.
  10. One of the items that are easily lost are the shoes of kids. Here you need to carry them in a sack or keep them in a bag. We have seen many parents frustrated over the lost shoes.

Do realize that as parents you have a particular obligation. You are Muslim parents. And the real objective is to treat your kids with kindness and educate them. Hence, an Umrah experience will be one of the most memorable experiences of their lives. It is highly recommended that you give such a spiritual journey and experience to them.

Even under stressful conditions, an umrah with children is worth the sacrifice.