Islam has offered us an ostentatious windfall by revealing parity of Umrah performed in the angelic time of Ramazan with the Hajj in terms of reward. In a narration by Ibn-e-Abbaas (R.A), it is lucidly reported that on the homecoming from Hajj, Hazrat Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him made an inquiry of Umm Sinaan Al-Ansaariyyah for not performing Hajj (major pilgrimage) along with her husband? She explained that unavailability of camel compelled her to do so. On this Prophet of the Prophets Muhammad PBUH revealed her good news of doing Umrah while in Ramadan e Kareem is just parallel to Hajj but only on the base of reward.
While moving on the same track, saying of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH to Umm-e-Ma’qil (R.A) that to do Umrah in Ramadan e Kareem is equal to Hajj, registered by (Abu Daoud),also documented in almost the same way by Jaabir (R.A), Anas(R.A), Abu Hurayrah (R.A) and Wahb Ibn Khanbash as well.
Above mentioned shades of Hadees where “Umrah then is equal to Hajj” is very beautifully further explained by Ibn Battaal (R.A). He points toward the purpose of this Hadees that was the encouragement of Muslims to perform a minor Hajj, and don’t get disappointed in case if they are not getting a chance to perform a major Hajj. Another hidden meaning which sometimes gets misinterpretation is to considering Umrah as a stand-in for Hajj. Muslim Nations collectively agreed on this speech that virtues of Hajj e Baitullah can never be perceived all the way from Umrah. Equality of rewards is guaranteed.
Aforementioned Hadees which loudly equates the rewards of Umrah in Ramadan with Hajj is clearly analogous with another saying of the Prophet Muhammed PBUH where Surah Al-Ikhlaas is mentioned to be equals 1/3 part of Quran. Here reward of recitation is getting balanced in the two actions but not considering former act as a substitute for the later one.
Here we have discussed few benefits of carrying out Umrah in Ramadan along with some authentic rulings derived from Ahadees:
Allah The Graceful truly cares for His slaves by providing them a chance to derive bigger reward from a small good deed that is Umrah in Ramdan. If Umrah has been performed with a pure and devoted heart then its virtues will remain alive and even get an increase in proportion.
Secondly, Ramadan e Kareem is a valuable season for attaining noble deeds. To be on such sacred place in Ramadan doubles the virtues of both acts i.e. Umrah and fasting.
Thirdly, Umrah in Ramazan is also considered more worthy because it is carried out with more difficulty in the state of fasting along with traveling. It takes more of the effort.
Moreover it is highly recommended in certain Ahadees that if a person takes the responsibility of performing Umrah along with his family and visits Holy Mosque during the generous month of Ramazan, then it is a must for him to remain attentive throughout this sacred performance regarding any act that is not allowed. Any negligence, even on the behalf of his family (wife and kids), may let his sins to surpass his rewards of Umrah. Moreover in Makkah, especially in Ramazan e Kareem, evil doings and other forbidden acts are strongly considered to be disrespectful.
An Umrah doer has a choice of breaking his fast (due to tiredness of traveling) if reached Makkah enfold with ihram. The point to consider here is that Umrah is a must on reaching Makkah as our beloved Prophet PBUH practiced.
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