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What is Umrah?

What is Umrah?


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What is Umrah?

The word Umrah means a "Visit" in common speech however in Islamic terminology or shariah the word Umrah stands for paying a visit to bayt Allah al-haram in a specific form. Umrah is a way of worshipping Allah (SWT) by making tawaf of kabah and sayi between mount safa and marwa and shaving or cutting hair.


Umrah is known to be the "minor Hajj" and is a Sunnah act performed at any time of the year except for the five days of Hajj, in which it is makrooh, or disliked, to perform Umrah. One who steps out in the path of Umrah is considered a pilgrim until he reaches back home. In a hadith found in the book of Ibne Maajah, The Prophet (S) said: "The performers of Hajj and Umrah are deputations of Allah (SWT). If they call Him, He answers them and if they seek His forgiveness, He forgives them." This hadeeth clearly shows the great significance of Umrah and how much Allah (SWT) loves those who sacrifice their time and wealth for His cause. In another hadeeth, the Prophet (SWS) says: One Umrah is an expiation for the sins committed between it and another Umrah. (Bukhari, Muslim)

There are three pillars of umrah, which are

Ihraam: (intention to enter state of Umrah)

Tawaaf: around the House.

Sa'y: walking between As-Safaa and Al-Marwah, which consists of seven circuits.

Assuming Ihram at the Meeqaat (places or points at which pilgrims put on ihram).

Cutting or shaving the hair.

  • Islam
  • Puberty
  • Sanity
  • Freedom
  • Capability (Physically & Financially)
  • Mahram companion for Women.