During the month of Ramadan, thousands of people love to fly to the Holy Lands to perform Umrah. As Ramadan’s Umrah holds a very special place and a religious significance. It is truly an enriching experience to see people from all over the world join together in fasting and performing Umrah in Ramadan. All hoping to reach Allah’s highest acceptance.
Al Bukhaari and Muslim 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 her son had gone for Hajj on one camel, and he left us the other camel so that we could carry water on it. He said: “When Ramadan comes, go for ‘Umrah, for ‘Umrah in (that month) is equivalent to Hajj.”
As per this narration “Hadith” Umrah is best performed in Ramadan. As the rewards are equal to that of Hajj. When the pilgrim returns from Hajj, all his sins are omitted and he starts again with a clean slate. However, performing Umrah in Ramadan doesn’t discharge one of Hajj obligations. Both become equivalent in rewards but not in fulfilling the duty. Umrah is not obligatory whereas Hajj is compulsory for every Muslim if the person is capable of performing it.
It is truly a breathtaking sight, thousands of people gathering from all over the world in the Grand Mosque to worship Allah while fasting. Their only intention is to get Allah’s acceptance and mercy.
Such an enlightening experience for every believer. Whoever gets the chance to perform Umrah in Ramadan is truly blessed. Umrah is a blessing throughout the year. However, Ramadan has a special more rewarding feeling that every Muslim should try at least once in a lifetime.