Umrah; Obligatory or not?

Islamic Rule Center: Umrah; Obligatory or not? ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about the status of Umrah. The point is whether there is a Umrah worship that must be performed by all Muslims or not? The specifics are whether they are obligatory or not? As Muslims we must know that. That’s why you should read this article to the end!

As usual, before I explain the status of Umrah, I will quote two hadiths that are specifically related to our discussion. The two hadiths I mean are as follows;

عَنْ جَابٍرٍ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : أَتَى النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَعْرَابِيٌّ فَقَالَ : يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ , أَخْبِرْنِيْ عَنِ الْعُمْرَةِ أَوَاجِبَةٌ هِيَ ؟ فَقَالَ : لَا , وَأَنْ تَعْتَمِرَ خَيْرٌ لَكَ . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَالتِّرْمِذِيُّ

From Jabir bin Abdillah radliyallahu ‘anhuma, he said, “There is a Bedouin who has come to the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me about Umrah, is it obligatory or not?” He said, “No. But if you do Umrah, then it’s good for you.” The hadith was narrated by Ahmad and at-Tirmidhi.

أَخْرَجَهُ اِبْنُ عَدِّي مِنْ وَجْهٍ آخَرٍ عَنْ جَابِرٍ : الْحَجُّ وَالْعُمْرَةُ فَرِيْضَتَانِ

Ibn ‘Addi narrated the hadith from another route from Jabir, “Hajj and Umrah are two obligations.”


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All Readers! There are some important things about the above hadith that we must know;

First; The two hadiths above are the two hadiths which cause scholars of Islamic law to disagree about the status of Umrah; obligatory or not?

Second; Malik and Abu Hanifah said, that Umrah is a suggestion, not an obligation. The meaning is that if there is a Muslim who is able to do Umrah, then he is encouraged to do it.

Third; Ash-Shafi’I and Ahmad said, that Umrah is an obligation.

Now, after we understand the brief explanation above, then what is the answer to the question above; is Umrah an obligation or not? Here we cannot determine a definitive answer, because experts in Islamic law have differed opinions about it. So, the answer is that there are differences of opinion about that as I have explained above. We just need to choose whose opinion is not difficult for us. It’s easy, right?

That is a brief explanation of this article. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. Hope it’s useful! Amen!

See you in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibanatu al-Ahkam Syarhu Bulughi al-Maram, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 354-355.


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