WELL, THE QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE THE UMRAH BENEFITS?
The Umrah pilgrimage is an essential aspect of a Muslim’s life. Umrah can be performed at any time of the year, but Hajj has to be performed during the five days from the 9th-13th of Dhul Al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Muslim lunar calendar.
In the sacred cities of Mecca and Medina, more than 750,000 people travel to perform the rituals of Umrah or Hajj every year or month. Therefore, we can say that It is known to be every Muslim’s dream to see the Kaaba at least once in their lifetime.
The experience you get by performing this pilgrimage leaves a, we can say, long, lasting, and life-changing impact. It gives you a spiritual change. Therefore, before you book your Umrah Packages 2023 make a lot of spiritual and mental preparations to help you in your journey to the Kabah.
Before you leave for the umrah journey, there are a few things that you need to know about it. First, one should spend time in remembrance of Allah almighty and his Messenger. One should embrace their loved ones, ask them for forgiveness and ask them to make dua.
LET’S GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF UMRAH
To earn many rewards and blessings from Allah (SWT), you can do it through Umrah. Still, you must do it with utmost desire, gratitude, and sincerity. If thou, therefore, it is performed with so much intensity.
Here I will tell you about the benefits which will help all Muslims, and it will open their eyes to wake up and the Almighty to grant them a chance of Umrah. I have made it clear with Hadiths.
1. GUEST OF ALLAH
Yes, exactly what you say is right. If you go to Makkah to perform Umrah, you are considered the guest of Allah Almighty. Just imagine how much of a blessing it would be for a Muslim. That the one who is the creator of this whole world will be your host, and you will be the guest. (Subhanallah)
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).”
Foremost only Umrah will give you such a chance and honor of being the guest of Allah. I think this is an extraordinary gift that anyone can ask for.
2. OPPORTUNITY TO WIPEOUT ALL PREVIOUS SINS
It is human nature to make mistakes. They make mistakes and commit wrongs at every step, even those they do not know about. So these sins pile up in our basket. But the Almighty gave us the chance to clean all these sins by performing Umrah.
You can easily clean them by performing Umrah with utmost devotion. We all know that Allah is the forgiver, and he easily forgives your sin if you as it through Umrah.
Hazrat Abu Huraira RA conveyed that our beloved Holy Prophet PBUH said:
“From one Umrah to another is expiation for what comes in between, and ‘Hajj Al-Mabrur’ brings no reward less than Heaven.”
3. IMAN GETS STRONGER
If we don’t practice Islam correctly slowly, our iman gets weaker day by day. The best way to make iman stronger is to perform the Hajj and Umrah with pure and true sincerity. If you perform the Umrah by completing all the rituals without problems, you have earned the closest place near Allah(SWT). Thus you can feel your iman has become stronger and your heart is relaxed.
4. LESSONS POVERTY
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.”
Hence it is one of the greatest rewards by Allah (SWT) to perform Umrah. No one wants to suffer in poverty. If you can end this undesirable problem by worshiping Allah, why not give it a chance? Therefore, every Muslim should beg Allah (SWT) that he, once in a lifetime, grants him the opportunity to perform Umrah.
You may not get rich magically, but you will get barakah in every phase of your life you move forward to.
5. REWARD LIKE JIHAD
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.”
As a Muslim, everyone knows about the importance of jihad. And we all wish for martyrdom. Though not everyone gets that. Because you have to be very lucky to go on jihad. But if you perform Umrah, you will get the same blessing as jihad. If you perform it without any error. This is a life-changing chance. So you should try your best to perform Umrah and get the biggest reward of your life.
6. SOCIAL BENEFITS
Every month and year, many Muslims gather in Makkah and Marina to perform Umrah and Hajj. People come from all over the world to one place before the kabbah. This shows and increases the unity and patience among all the Muslim brothers and sisters. Which reminds them that
All Muslims are brothers and sisters to each other.
7. UMRAH IN RAMADAN
If you go through the hadith on Umrah in Ramadan, you will not be able to restrain yourself.
Al-Bukhaari (1782) and Muslim (1256) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said:
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to a woman from among the Ansaar – Ibn ‘Abbaas mentioned her name, but I forgot it – “What kept you from performing Hajj with us?” She said:
We only have two camels, and the father of her son and father had gone for Hajj on one camel, and he left us the other camel so we could carry water on it. He said:
“When Ramadaan comes, go for ‘Umrah, for ‘Umrah in (that month) is equivalent to Hajj.”
In another Hadith, narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas (Radhiallāhu ‘Anhu):
When the Prophet (Sallallāhu Alayhi Wa Sallam) returned after performing his Hajj, he asked Umm Sinan Al-Ansari, “What did forbid you to perform hajj?”
“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.”
Prophet of Allah (Sallallāhu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said (to her),
“Perform Umrah in the month of Ramadan, (as it is equivalent to Hajj or Hajj with me (in reward).”
[ Sahih Bukhari – Book 29, Hadith 86 ]
You can guess the importance of the Umrah, especially during Ramadan.
Some questions are most frequently asked
Q1. DOES UMRAH SUBTRACT MAJOR SINS?
Ans: it All depends on the will of Allah. It is clearly stated that all your minor sins will be removed by performing Umrah. Still, as for the major ones, that will be decided only by Allah (SWT). If you Repent sincerely and end up convincing Allah (SWT), then he will also remove the major sins.
Q2. SHOULD YOU PERFORM HAJJ OR UMRAH FIRST?
Ans: first, you have to conduct Umrah rituals than hajj rituals. But you must do it with utmost devotion and passion towards Allah (SWT).
Now that you know all about the benefits of Umrah. So you can know the importance of Umrah and that it plays a vital role. So every Muslim should try their best to perform Umrah once in their lifetime. And we should pray that may Allah grant us such an opportunity. So we can get the chance to gain all these rewards as well.