What to do after Umrah

What to do after Umrah

June 01, 2017 Abu Muneer Ismail Davids

What are the best actions?

Spend your time attending salah at the Haram (remember each fardh salah in the Haram is 100,000 times reward, compared to any other Mosque, except the Prophets mosque in Madinah (1,000) and Al-Quds (500) in Jerusalem).

Also keep yourself busy with recitation of the Qur'an, nafl salah and nafl tawaaf. As mentioned earlier, nafl tawaaf is one of the best forms of Ibadah while in Makkah. Many people spend lots of time shopping. Try not to waste your time shopping and in idle discussions. Time is precious, so use it well.


Performing multiple Umrahs:

If we look at the practice of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and of his companions (may Allah be pleased with them), we do not find them doing this at all. They did not try to accumulate many Umrahs on the same trip. Had there been any virtue in doing so, they would not have omitted that. Therefore, doing many Umrahs on the same trip is not recommended. One may do so only when one wants to do the Umrah on behalf of someone else, or in fulfillment of a pledge.

A person, who has already done the Umrah and wishes to do another Umrah, he is required to leave Makkah and the Haram area, enter into Ihraam again, and come back to do the same duties again. This is not logical, considering that he is already in the area, which is most blessed on earth, with access to the Ka’bah, the place to which all Muslims turn when they pray.

If you consider the duties that the Umrah involves, you will find that they are four: Entering into the state of Ihraam; Tawaaf; Sa’ee; and then releasing oneself from Ihraam by shaving one’s head or cutting one’s hair. So apart from the Ihraam (being in the state of consecration and releasing oneself from it), there are only the tawaaf and sa’ee left. As mentioned previously that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) described tawaaf as a form of prayer and that it is highly recommended to perform as many voluntary tawaafs as possible while in Makkah.

Sa’ee on the other hand, is a duty of Umrah and Hajj only. It cannot be done except as part of either duty. It may not be offered voluntarily for any reason. Therefore a person who goes out of Makkah in order to do a second Umrah is not able to do anything which he may not do while in Makkah, except for sa’ee, which is not something we are encouraged to volunteer on its own. One can easily do as many tawaafs as one wish while one is inside Makkah, without going through the rituals that a second Umrah involves.

So in summary, we cannot say it is wrong to perform multiple Umrah's; also not all scholars agree that you can do Umrah on behalf of someone else, so the recommendation here is to stick with the rites that are established with 100% certainty.

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: "If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected." (Bukhari)                 

We have heard of many people performing Umrah almost daily but sleep through the fardh salah times, due to tiredness. Save yourself some energy and do the following instead:

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated  that the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: "Whoever performs Salatul-Fajr in congregation and remains in the place (masjid) busy with Dhikr of Allah, and then  performs  two rak’at after sunrise, he will get the reward  equal to that of  performing Hajj and Umrah."    (Tirmidhi)                               

How Great and Merciful is Allah? Do not make things difficult for yourself by exerting your energy in actions that have no basis in the Sunnah. This salah is called Salatul-Duha. It is sometimes referred to as Salatul-Ishraq.