Ramadan is a month of blessings. This month has a great importance in the history of Islam. Muslims fast in this month from sunrise to sunset and Allah forgive their sins. Muslims from the entire world has a desire to perform Umrah in this sacred month. A large number of Muslim gathers in the house of Allah for performing Umrah in the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is a unique and a month of blessings. There are a lot of virtues attained by Muslims in Ramadan. Fasting can remove all the sins and through this Muslims feel the hunger of poor. It creates a feeling of patience. One of the most important things of this holy month is the last ten days. Our holy Prophet (S.A.W) also said that in the last 10 odd days, Muslims can ask for their forgiveness and can get a lot of blessings of Allah. It is a beautiful and blessed experience to fast in Ramadan in the house of Allah. The importance of performing Umrah in Ramadan can be seen through following Hadeeth.
Ibn-e-Abbas (R.A) narrates that our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) said:
“Whoever reaches Makkah in the month of Ramadan and fasts and passes his/her night worshipping as much as he can, Allah writes for him/her the reward of a hundred thousand fasting of the month of Ramadan performed outside of Makkah and Allah bestows on him/her for each day and night the reward of freeing a slave.
For each day, He writes the reward of a horse’s attack against the enemy on the way of Allah. And He writes for day a hasana (good deed), and for night a hasana.” (Ibn Majah, Manasik: 106.)
Umrah performed in the month of Ramadan is equals to Hajj in reward. Our Holy Prophet (S.A.W) insists on performing Umrah in the Holy month of Ramadan on many occasions. Umrah is not a substitute of Hajj but in Ramadan its spiritual virtues are equals to Hajj in many aspects. Umrah performed in the month of Ramadan is equals to Hajj which is performed with our Prophet (S.A.W). Our holy Prophet (S.A.W) said:
“Umrah performed in the month of Ramadan is equals to Hajj performed with Me”.
The meaning of hadeeth is not that the Umrah is equals to Hajj. Hajj and Umrah are different in term of type. You cannot perform Umrah as a substitute of Hajj for the sake of Allah. There are many things and deeds which makes difference in Umrah and Hajj. An Umrah performed in the month of Ramadan can equals to Hajj in its rewards but there are a lot of action in Hajj that are not in Umrah.
In short, Umrah performed in the holy Month is preferable and the Muslims who can’t perform Hajj due to any disease, financial problem or any other problem, they can perform Umrah in the month of Ramadan and can get a lot of virtues and blessings of Allah. Most of the people prefer to perform Umrah in Ramadan due its importance of performance in Ramadan, that’s the reason many of the companies are offering cheap Umrah 2015 to its customers all over the world to make their journey peaceful.