It must be stressed at the very outset that there should be a sincere intention to perform Umrah , for all actions are judged by intentions. The holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:
“The reward of deeds depends on the intentions”.
Do not let the thought enter your mind that you are going on a trip or a holiday. No! You are going to fulfil one of the greatest Sunnah of the holy Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. You are going to Makkah where our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born and to Madeenah where he is resting. You are going to visit the house of Allah ta‘aalaa – Ka‘bah, which is surrounded by angels on all sides, and upon which continuously descend the Mercy and Blessings of Allah ta‘aalaa.
As regards to your visit to the holy places, it must be borne in mind that Allah ta‘aalaa does not grant Important Instructions such blessed opportunities to all, and for those whom He has blessed with the opportunity, it will be very unfortunate to have spent time and wealth, and gain no benefit and reward. Generally, the loss and ruin is brought by Shaytaan and nafs (base desires). Therefore, be conscious of their deception and wickedness.
If you have any queries concerning religious matters or concerning the Umrah , consult an aalim or a knowledgeable person and seek his advice.
Abdullah Ibne Mas‘ood radhiyallahu anhu reports that Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “Perform Hajj and Umrah one after the other for surely they (Hajj and Umrah) remove poverty and sins just as the furnace removes the dirt of iron, gold and silver.”
Umrah is also known as the ‘minor Hajj’. It is a Sunnah and can be performed anytime during the year except for the five days of Hajj, i.e. from 9th Zul Hijjah to 13th Zul Hijjah. In these five days, it is makrooh tahreemi to perform Umrah.
Virtues of Umrah
The fardh of Umrah are:
The waajib of Umrah are: