Hi all readers! Of course, as Muslims, we have heard what Umrah and Hajj are. Yup! Both of them include several rituals in Islam. Not everyone is able to do the two rituals. The reason is very reasonable; because someone needs a hefty amount of money to do both. In this article, I will explain the virtues of Umrah and Hajj.
As usual, before I explain the virtues of Umrah and Hajj, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About the Virtues of Umrah and Hajj
The hadith I mean is as follows:
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : الْعُمْرَةُ إِلَى الْعُمْرَةِ كَفَّارَةٌ لِمَا بَيْنَهُمَا , وَالْحَجُّ الْمَبْرُوْرُ لَيْسَ لَهُ جَزَاءٌ إِلَّا الْجَنَّةُ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu ‘anhu, that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “One Umrah to Umrah to the other is the penance of sin which exists between the two. There is no other reward for Hajj Mabrur except only Heaven.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
There are some important things about this hadith that we must know;
First; The hadith explains that Umrah can wash away sins. But there are differences of opinion about that. Malik and Abu Hanifah said that performing Umrah was a suggestion. But ash-Shafi’i and Ahmad said that it was mandatory.
Second; The hadith recommends that a Muslim often performs Umrah (according to the ability). But Malik said that often doing Umrah in one year was not good.
Third; The hadith explains about the obligation to guard the Hajj from all kinds of sins. The point is, that people who perform Hajj may not commit any sin so that the Hajj becomes Hajj Mabrur.
Fourth; What we need to know is, that the sin which is removed by Umrah is a small sin, not a big sin.
All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the virtues of Umrah and Hajj. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that’s enough for this article. May be 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. 351-352.