Are You Aware of the Virtues, Benefits, and Importance of performing Umrah?

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Umrah is a Sunnah of our Beloved Holy Prophet ﷺ, so people from all over the world come to Makkah all year to perform it.

Umrah is a Sunnah of our Beloved Holy Prophet ﷺ, so people from all over the world come to Makkah all year to perform it. This Sunnah has great merit and excellence, and performing Umrah during the month of Ramadan is equivalent to performing Hajj. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ himself emphasized the importance of undertaking Umrah during Ramadan because it has numerous benefits. So, if you want to gather lots of blessings & virtues from Allah Almighty. Then, from Muslims Holy Travel you need to book the desired Ramadan Umrah Package that suits you best.

Abdullah Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that:

“When the Prophet ﷺ returned after performing his Hajj, he asked Um Sinan Al-Ansari, “What did forbid you to perform Hajj?” She replied, “Father of so-and-so (i.e. her husband) had two camels and he performed Hajj on one of them, and the second is used for the irrigation of our land.” The Prophet (ﷺ) said (to her), “Perform `Umrah in the month of Ramadan, (as it is equivalent to Hajj or Hajj with me (in reward)”.

(Sahih al-Bukhari; 1863)

Likewise, in Bukhari & Muslim Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

The Prophet ﷺ said, “(The performance of) ‘Umrah during Ramadan is equal to Hajj (pilgrimage).” Or said, “Equal to the performance of Hajj with me.”

(Riyad as-Salihin; 1278)

The following are some of the benefits and rulings have drawn from these Hadiths:

  1. Allah’s kindness and bountiful gifts:  We praise Allah Almighty for bestowing huge rewards on His followers in exchange for small good deeds; therefore, we praise Him abundantly.
  2. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) was concerned about the welfare of his Ummah and would inquire about those who were subject to his rule. As he was the sincerest confidant of all people, any servant whom Allah SWT places in charge of subjects should treat them leniently, advise them, monitor their conditions, and fulfill their worldly as well as spiritual benefits.
  3. Umrah performed during the month of Ramadan cannot be substituted for the obligatory Hajj, i.e., they are equivalent in reward, but the former does not replace the latter as an accomplishment of the obligation that the scholars have unanimously agreed upon.
  4. The reward for good deeds grows in proportion to the amount of time spent performing them, as well as one’s heartfelt devotion & dedication.

Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported about Surat Al-Ikhlas (Chapter 112):

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “By Him in Whose Hand my soul is, it is equivalent to one-third of the Qur’an.”

According to another version, he ﷺ said to his Companions, “Is anyone of you incapable of reciting one-third of the Qur’an in one night?” They considered it burdensome and said: “O Messenger of Allah, which of us can afford to do that?” He ﷺ said, “Surat Al-Ikhlas [Say: He is Allah (the) One] is equivalent to one-third of the Qur’an.”

(Riyad as-Salihin; 1010)

It indicates that it is equivalent in terms of the reward of recitation, not that reciting it could, or should, substitute reciting [that much or] the whole of the Quran.

  1. When performed during the holy month of Ramadan, which is a fantastic season for great actions, the Umrah is considered equivalent to the Hajj in terms of reward. As a result, whoever performs it then enjoy the benefits of the place [i.e., the Holy Mosque in Makkah] and time [i.e., Ramadan]; the same is true for one who performs Hajj, as he is also in the same honorable place and at a bountiful time [i.e., the months of Zil-Hajj].

Furthermore, performing Umrah during Ramadan is more difficult. That is because one may be fasting while undertaking it or may have to break his fast due to the travel involved, which must then be made up. That’s not the case if someone performs Umrah in any other month.

  1. Whoever performing Umrah in Ramadan and planning to stay in the Holy Mosque for the entire month or the last 10 nights should avoid breaking any prohibition, because bad deeds are more disrespectful in Makkah than everywhere else, especially during Ramadan.
  2. Whoever brings his family to stay at the Virtuous Mosque during the month of Ramadan should take good care that they, too, do not commit any prohibited act; otherwise, he may come back with sins that exceed the reward he came to receive, due to his carelessness of his wife and children.
  3. If a person entered the state of Ihram intending to perform Umrah and arrived in Makkah while fasting, he has the option of breaking his fast and performing Umrah instantly or waiting till after sunset. He should break his fast during the day and perform Umrah upon arrival. Because the Prophet (Peace be upon him) performed Umrah immediately after arriving in Makkah.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said, “(The performance of) `Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise.”

Ibn Mas’ud reported Allah’s messenger ﷺ as saying, “Make the hajj and the ‘umrah follow one another closely, for they remove poverty and sins as a blacksmith’s bellows remove impurities from iron, gold and silver; and a hajja which is accepted gets no less a reward than Paradise.”

(Mishkat al-Masabih; 2524, 2525)

The Umrah performed in Ramadan has lots of benefits over those performed during other months. Sayings are encouraging Muslims to perform it during this month (Ramadan), demonstrating its merit as well as reward, and clarifying that it reaps the same reward as performing Hajj.

the secret behind the Muslim pilgrimage to the Spiritual House during Ramadan to perform this act of worship.  With that fantastic scene, one feels as if one is in the midst of a major Hajj season.

Hence, here’s a brief overview of some Umrah rules and also how to perform it:

In general, Umrah consists of four major requirements: 1. Ihram (state of consecration), 2. Tawaf (circumambulation), 3. Sa’i (moving between As-Safa and Al-Marwah), and 5. shaving or shortening the head hair.

After deciding to perform Umrah. Muslims are advised to cleanse (bath) and apply perfume, and then put on Ihram attire after removing form-fitting garments like trousers and like many other wearing options (for men only).

Wearing lower and upper clothing is recommended (Sunnah) for men. Women, on the other hand, are free to wear whatever they wish as long as the clothes cover their bodies and are free of embellishments.    It is forbidden for women to cover their faces with the veil unless. When men pass by, It is also forbidden for them to wear gloves.

At last, the Muslim shouldn’t miss this opportunity. He should take benefit of the grateful month of Ramadan and the blessed location of Al-Masjid Al-Haram to perform Umrah and do numerous voluntary acts of worship and obedience.

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