What is Umrah?
‘Umrah is composed of four things, namely: ihraam, circumambulation of the Sacred House (tawaaf), saa’i between al-Safa and al-Marwah, and shaving the head or cutting the hair.
Shaving the head or cutting the hair
Reward of Umrah
Abu Hurairah (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “The guests of Allah are three: The Ghazi (i.e. the warrior who fights in Jihad), the Hajj (i.e. the pilgrim who performs Hajj) and the Mu’tamir (i.e. the pilgrim performing Umrah).” – Hadith No. 2626, Book of The Rites of Hajj, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Vol. 3.
Just imagine what a guest of Allah will enjoy! On the other hand simply contemplate that Allah is the host. And what a magnificant host. His grace and bounties are limitless. This is a magical moment to be in the company of Allah and his rewards. Once you visit and perform Umrah you will also realize and feel the inner gratitude, calmness and peace. May Allah reward this gift to all. One of the top Umrah blessing for all Muslims.
The rational is simple. You have come so far to visit Him and have left so many things behind. Money, family and friends only to ask forgiveness. And for that, Allah will ensure He is the host of such a pilgrimage. Being a guest of Allah is a great advantage of Umrah. When will you be a guest of Allah?
Ibn Abbas (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “Perform Hajj and Umrah consecutively; for they remove poverty and sin as bellows removes impurity from iron.”
And on many accounts and experiences of people that perform Umrah, they keep on telling us that this is certainly a wonderful reward and it comes unexpected. Millions of Muslims do not perform Umrah just to eliminate poverty. However, this is a blessing of Allah. People who witness and perform Umrah have found their financial problems crumble and a sound financial model kicks in. What a beautiful gift for all mankind!
Imagine getting richer. Removal of poverty is not only an Umrah blessing. But it is also a man advantage of Umrah. This advantage for this world and also the hereafter.
It was narrated that Abu Hurairah (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “From one Umrah to another is expiation for what comes in between, and ‘Hajj Al-Mabrur’ brings no reward less than Paradise.” Hadith No. 2630, Book of The Rites of Hajj, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Vol. 3; Hadith No. 2888, Chapters on Hajj, Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 4.
This particular reward is simply spectacular. Imagine simply performing the Umrah you will be graced and your sins forgiven. Where does that happen. Hence, when Allah gives you the time and opportunity to perform Umrah, you need to seek this reward earnestly. I personally love this particular reward. And the beauty is that this is not the first time only. All the times you visit, your sins will be expatiated. This is the beauty of Islam.
So, keep on begging for forgiveness and the rewards will come. This is the promise of Allah! Who does not want sins forgiven? All Muslims would love this to happen. This is a uniquer merit of Umrah. What other benefit of Umrah can Muslims ask of? Pardoning of sins is truly a “fazeelat’. “Fazeelat” refers to a blessing.
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (RA) that Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “Jihad of the elderly, the young, the weak and the women, is Hajj and Umrah.” – Hadith No. 2627, Book of The Rites of Hajj, Sunan An-Nasa’i, Vol. 3.
For this Jihad is one of the greatest feasts and actions of Man. Jihad is of many types. However, the importance of Jihad has been told and retold. Muslims of great honor and wisdom wish and beg for martydom and await a chance of Jihad. The reward of Jihad is shahadat. This is the magnitude and significance of Jihad.
So imagine what it will be like if this reward is equivalent to Jihad itself. This is the beauty of Islam. See through this hadith that Allah is giving this reward to the people who are not strong. And gives them hope and precious rewards.
Umrah is a blessing of Allah. And millions of Muslims need to perform Umrah to enjoy the inner satisfaction and calmness that comes with performing Umrah.