“Oh, Allah! Please give all of us a chance to visit your beautiful house”
Umrah is a lesser hajj and the holiest act. It is beautiful worship and has extensive wisdom and a purpose behind it, which is the submission towards Allah, to acknowledge that all we have is a blessing that Allah has bestowed upon us. So, we should completely commit ourselves to Allah and should not attach ourselves to worldly things.
For our Prophet ﷺ, performing Umrah is the most delightful ritual and now, this worship is performed by millions of Muslims. The majority of Muslims come to visit Makkah and perform Umrah. It is a spiritual journey that has so many rewards in this life and hereafter. Performing Umrah will renew your soul and mind and will purify you from within.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Umrah is the atonement of all sins”
Types of Umrah:
There are two kinds of Umrah;
This type of Umrah is independent of hajj. You can perform this Umrah any time during the year.
The Umrah which is performed in conjunction with Hajj in the month of Zil-Hajj is known as Umrah-ul-Tammatu.
The congregation of all Muslims in Makkah for this holy act of Umrah portrays the unity among Muslims to the entire world. Muslims from different races, different nations and speaking different languages unite on a single platform to perform this same act of obedience and also get an opportunity to socialize with other Muslims. It strengthens the feeling of brotherhood, harmony, and goodwill among Muslims. It makes Muslims sympathetic and unbiased towards each other. Therefore, this delightful journey of Umrah purifies Muslims spiritually and it brings together the whole Ummah. As we all know the significance and value of Unity in Islam.
It is stated in Surah Al-Imran;
“And hold fast all together by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you) and be not divided among yourselves, and remember with gratitude Allah’s favor on you; for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love so that by His grace ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of fire and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: that ye may be guided”. (Verse 013, Al-i-Imran). http://www.islamicsupremecouncil.com/unity-of-muslim-ummah/