Guide For First Time Pilgrims Part 3
Meningococcal A, C, W135 and Y is obligatory for protection against viral infection and it is mandatory to take this vaccination before you embark on this pilgrimage. Your family doctor will administer this vaccine to you and also advise you on the other vaccinations that you need to take before proceeding on the pilgrimage.
Throughout the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage, pilgrim tend to lose a substantial quantity of liquids through sweating. Intense physical activity and a hot climate will greatly increase your thirst. In order to maintain the adequate level of hydration, you should make it a point to drink plenty of fluids to compensate for the fluids lost through sweating. Water, both bottled and from clean water fountains, is the best form of fluid for combating hydration, therefore you should keep on drinking it continuously, along with other fluids such as juice, milk and tea.
Health & Safety
Being healthy is one of the prerequisites of successfully performing Hajj and Umrah. Only when you are in good health will you be able to do all the rituals associated with both the pilgrimages and become a Haji. Should you have a health condition which you feel will be a hindrance in performing the pilgrimage, we suggest you seek your doctor’s advice and take it from him or her in writing that you are medically fit for undertaking the journey to the holy land. If your health condition permits the travel, and if you’re on medication, be sure to carry supply which will be enough to last you throughout the pilgrimage.
The long periods of walking for performing the Hajj and Umrah rituals can lead to chafing of the skin, particularly around the inner thighs, due to the continuous rubbing and sweating of the thighs. This is more pronounced in overweight pilgrims. Before you begin your walking for completing the ritual, we suggest you apply Vaseline or another non-scented moisturiser around this area or any other area where you feel that the skin is likely to chafe.
Peculiar condition of female pilgrims
Female pilgrims face the natural problem of menstruation and this can be a big hindrance to them in performing the rituals of Hajj and Umrah. Tawaf-ul-Ziyarah, or circumambulating around the Kaaba, can be performed by female pilgrims in a state of purification or when they are not menstruating. If the pilgrim is not able to complete this ritual, her Hajj will not be complete. Also, If a female pilgrim begins to menstruate toward the end of the pilgrimage, it becomes mandatory for her to remain in Makkah until her periods are over, and she only then she can perform the Tawaf. This will lead to either her splitting from her Hajj group or not being able to take the return flight on which she is booked along with her group. Sisters can medically delay their period for a limited period by using Norethisterone. You GP will tell you exactly when and how you should use it.
Haji Flu refers to a highly common respiratory tract infection affecting the Hajj pilgrims arising due to crowded conditions within a confined area and coming in close contact with others. Before you leave UK for your pilgrimage, you should get yourself vaccinated for Haji Flu from your family doctor.
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