June 1, 2015 by Verse By Verse Quran Study Circle
We all deeply desire to visit the House of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and every believer yearns to perform the major and minor pilgrimage (Hajj and ‘Umrah). During the month of Ramadan, when the reward of every act of worship increases, the reward of offering the ‘Umrah becomes equivalent to performing Hajj. The evidence for this is found in the following traditions:
Ibn Abbas radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that when the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam returned after performing his farewell pilgrimage, he inquired from Umm Sanan al-Ansariyah radhiAllahu ‘anha, “What forbade you from performing Hajj?” She replied: the 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 salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: Perform ‘Umrah in the month of Ramadan; it will be equivalent to Hajj or Hajj with me (in reward). [Bukhari: 1863]
In another tradition, the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “When the month of Ramadan comes, perform ‘Umrah, for ‘Umrah in this (month) is equal to Hajj (in reward).” [Muslim: 3038]
According to yet another narration, he said, “Umrah in Ramadan is equal to a Hajj with me.” [Al-Mujam al-Kabir al-Tabarani, Vol. 1, 722]
Note: Remember that only the reward of performing ‘Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to that of Hajj. The obligation of Hajj is not fulfilled by performing ‘Umrah during Ramadan.
Things to Do:
– If you have the means and Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala makes it possible for you, then go for ‘Umrah.
– If illness, old age or some other reason prevents you from going yourself, in spite of having the means, then send someone else to perform ‘Umrah.
– If you are granted the opportunity to perform ‘Umrah then spend this time in worship as much as can.