SARAJEVO, November 21 (FENA) – Travel agency Relax Tours from Sarajevo organizes direct flights from Sarajevo to Jeddah for those who want to perform Umrah in December this year.
The trips will take place from 13th to 20th December and from 10th to 20th December.
Founder of the Relax Tours Sarajevo, Tarik Jašarević, explains that millions of Muslims travel to Mecca from across the globe to perform Umrah, an act of worship and devotion.
Before the war, Relax Tours organized trips to Mecca by buses. The trip lasted for a month, but, as Jašarević says, for travel enthusiasts, it was a pleasure, because they had the opportunity to visit important places for Muslims in Turkey, Syria, Jordan and it was a beautiful experience.
After the war, Relax Tours, in agreement with the Islamic Community in BiH, organized trips to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah.
Jašarević said that he used to practice performing the Umrah every year in March, and he misses it a lot. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was not able to arrange trips for two years.
“But finally, we can travel again,” he said.
For the first time, Relax Tours organizes a direct flight from Sarajevo to Jeddah. The planes, he adds, are comfortable.
The price for an eight-day trip is 1,999 KM, and for an 11-day trip 2,199 KM, plus a visa, in two arrangements.
For those who want to visit the holy places, Mecca and Medina, in order to get a visa, they must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
“We have now made it possible for everyone who wishes to go and perform Umrah. The procedure for obtaining visas is, unlike before, easier. Now, young women can travel alone, without a mahram, that is, without a male family member or relative. They can travel in the company of other women,” he states.
Unlike the Hajj, he explains, that has its obligations and they are defined in time and space and is compulsory for those who are physically well and can afford it, the Umrah is a relaxing journey without great obligations.
“The Umrah is a special journey during which the believer has the opportunity to enjoy. Umrah is rest for the soul, peace for the heart. Whoever wants to perform Umrah, Relax Tours is here to take him/her on that spiritual journey,” concluded Jašarević.
The Umrah is a pilgrimage to Islam’s two holiest sites in the cities of Mecca and Medina and can be undertaken at any time of the year. It is distinct from the Hajj, which takes place once annually.
Umrah offers an opportunity for Muslims to refresh their faith, seek forgiveness and pray for their needs. One who performs it is said to be cleansed of their sins.