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Overview of Umrah

Definition of Umrah

Linguistically: To visit

Technically: Umrah is a way of worshipping Allah by making Tawaf of the Ka’bah and Sa’i between Mount Safa and Marwa and shaving or cutting the hair.

Islamic Ruling on Umrah

It is obligatory at least once in a lifetime as found in this hadeeth.

‘Aa’ishah said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, do women have to engage in jihad?’ He said, ‘Yes, they must do jihad in which there is no fighting: Hajj and ‘Umrah,’

Muhammad (SAW) [Ibn Maajah (2901)]

Virtues of Umrah

Umrah is known to be the ‘minor Hajj’ and is a Sunnah act performed at anytime of the year.

One Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and another Umrah.

Muhammad (SAW) [Bukhari, Muslim]
The above hadeeth implies that Umrah is not something we perform just once, but rather one should strive to perform Umrah multiple times in their lives.

Conditions for Umrah

  1. Islam
  2. Puberty
  3. Sanity
  4. Freedom
  5. Capability (physically & financially)
  6. Mahram companion for Women

Pillars of Umrah

  1. Ihraam (Intention to enter the state of Umrah)
  2. Tawaaf
  3. Sa’i