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All the praises and thanks are due and belong to Allah and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet, his family and companions.

Hajj and Umra are among the lofty acts of worship that comes with great virtues and benefits. They are to be discharged in the quests of Allah’s pleasure just like other acts of worship. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam whilst Umra is one of the virtues deeds regarded as obligatory by some scholars. The holy Qur’an declared:

وَأَتِمُّوا۟ ٱلْحَجَّ وَٱلْعُمْرَةَ لِلَّهِ ۚ

“And complete the Hajj and Umrah in the service of Allah…” (Al Baqarah, 196)

With the regards to the virtues of Hajj and Umra, numerous traditions were narrated with all of them depicting that hajj and Umra are part of the great acts of worship that come with enormous virtues and rewards. The Messenger (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has stated in a hadith: ‘The performance of Hajj and Umrah increase a person’s life span and eradicates poverty and sins just as rust is removed from the iron when placed in the furnace.’ (Targhib)

It is narrated from Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  stated: ‘The performers of Hajj and Umrah are guests of Allah, if they seek something from Him, He will grant them, if they seek forgiveness He will forgive them.’ (Ibn Majah)`
In the Musnad of Imam Ahmad, Ammar Ibn Abassa (may Allah be pleased with him) related a tradition in which the Messenger of Allah  (peace be upon him) said that :the best of deeds is the performance of Hajj or Umrah.’ (Musnad Ahmad)

About Hajj, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “Whoever performs Hajj and does not utter obscenities or commit sin, will come back as on the day when his mother bore him.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in another tradition: “From one ‘Umrah to the next umra is an expiation for whatever (sins) came between them, and for an accepted Hajj there is no reward but Paradise.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Hajj, Umra, salaat  and other righteous deeds are means of expiation of sins, if a person does them in the manner prescribed in sharee’ah. The majority of scholars are of the view that righteous deeds only expiate for minor sins; with regard to major sins it is essential to repent.

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