Umrah is the minor Hajj and a supererogatory prayer that Muslims perform throughout the year except for the days of Hajj. A believer with the pure intention of leaving for the house of Allah is a pilgrim until he arrives back home. Umrah holds huge reward and value in Islam. It is an act of spiritual purity for the Muslims who want to perform it to earn the pleasure of Allah. It is a preferred Sunnah.
Rewards of Umrah in Islam
There are countless awards for the pilgrims who take up this journey according to Quran and Sunnah. However, the promise of Allah SWT is fulfilled only if the Umrah is performed in the correct way and true intentions. Once Prophet Muhammad PBUH was asked about the best good deed, he replied the utmost struggle is Jihad and the next is accepted Umrah and Hajj.
Umrah is a way to purify the soul and mind. It uplifts the spirit of Muslims and serves as a lifetime inspiration. It cleans the soul from the negative effects of sin and refurbishes mind. Allah SWT forgives all sins between two Umrah performed. It is the best way to strengthen one’s faith worship the lord of the heavens in a better way.
Allah gives a reward for every good deed performed in this way. When a believer spends his time and wealth for the sake of Allah, He saves him from the troubles and shelters him from mishaps. Another benefit of Umrah is that it keeps from misery and poverty.
Ibn e Masood narrated that Prophet Muhammad PBUH said; “Follow-up with Hajj and Umrah, as they remove poverty and sins just like the fire separates impurities from silver, iron, and gold.”
This shows how this Umrah purifies the soul and is a way of prosperity in life.
To reap the best rewards out of this nafl prayer, it is advisable to perform it during the blessed month of Ramadan. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad narrated the benefits of Umrah in Ramadan on countless occasions.
The reward of performing Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj. In another Hadith, we learn that it is just like hajj performed with Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
Allah SWT blessed Muslims with numerous opportunities to earn reward and gain high ranks in the hereafter. We now must utilize these prospects and sacrifice everything in the path of Allah SWT.