The meaning of "Umrah" is "to visit." The accomplishment of Umrah at
least once in a lifetime is Sunnat-e-Mu'akkadah. The
Umrah performed during the auspicious month of Ramadaan supercedes that Umrah
completed in other days. Bukhari Shareef
states that Umrah in Ramadaan is equal to Hajj.
- The wearing of Ihraam before entering the Miqat boundary
- The performance of two Rakaahs Sunnatul Ihraam
- The recitation of Niyyah and Talbiyah
- The advancement towards Makkatul Mukarramah while constantly reading the
- The performance of Tawaaf with Idh'tibaa and Ramal
- The performance of two Rakaah Waajib Salaah after Tawaaf behind
- Advancement to the Multazam to make Du'a and drink water from the Zam Zam
- Performance of Sa'ee between Saffa and Marwa (9) Shaving or trimming the
hair of the head.
- Four circuits of Tawaaf
- Completion of all seven circuits
- Shaving/trimming of the hair.
N.B. The rest are either Sunnat or Adaab.
- Adoption of Ihraam and performance of two Rakaah with Niyyah of Umrah
- Du'a at Multazam
- Performance of two Rakaah Salaah at Maqaam-e-Ebrahim
- Drinking Zam Zam water
- Performing Sa'ee between Saffa and Marwa
- Two Rakaah Salaah
- Shaving/Trimming of the hair.
Visiting the grave is part of the Sunnah and is both excellent and desirable.
Hazrat Ibn Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said that the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi
wasallam) said, "My intercession is assured for all who visit me." (at-Tabarni)
Hazrat Anas bin Malik (radi Allahu anhu) said that the Messenger of Allah (sallal
laahu alaihi wasallam) said, "Anyone who visits me in Madina for the sake of
Allah is near to me and I will intercede for him
on the Day of Rising." (Al-Bayhaqi).
Imam Malik (radi Allahu anhu) disliked anyone saying "the tawaf of the
visit," or "we visited the grave of the Prophet,"
because people normally use that for visits between themselves, and he did not
like to put the Prophet on the same level as
other people. He preferred a specific statement like "We greeted the Prophet
(sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)." He did not
dislike people saying, "We visited the Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam)."