Learning more and more about our religion is our duty as Muslims. We should know everything that would help us fulfil our religious responsibilities as well as to become better human beings. We are aware of the fact that many of our Muslim brothers and sisters know about the importance of Hajj for Muslims, however, aren’t completely aware of the differences between Hajj and Umrah. This reason brought us here to help everyone understand the differences between Hajj and Umrah.
When Is Hajj Performed?
Hajj is performed in period which is called ‘Hajj months’. Muslims use the lunar calendar to figure out when the Hajj should be performed every year. According to the Hijri calendar, the months to perform Hajj include Shawwal, Dhu’l-qada and the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.
The Quran clearly confirms that the time of Hajj is the months of Shawwal, Dhu’l-qada and Dhu’l-hijjah, and that they are called the months of Hajj. One of the verses from al-Baqarah states: “For Hajj are the months well known” (al-Baqarah, 2:197).
Can Hajj and Umrah be performed together?
One of the most beneficial things about the Hajj is that it can be performed with or without Umrah. This helps pilgrims decide whether or not they want to perform Umrah while they decide upon performing Hajj. So yes, Hajj and Umrah can be performed together but Hajj performed without Umrah is called ‘ways of performing Hajj’.
When Is Umrah Performed?
Umrah can be performed during any time of the year except the months that are dedicated for Hajj (Shawwal, Dhu’l-qada and the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah). However, as mentioned above, one can decide to perform both the Hajj and the Umrah if he wants to. Most pilgrims decide upon performing both obligations as they are already at Kaa’ba and not performing both the Hajj and the Umrah would not be an option that is wise enough.
May Allah (SWT) enable us to get more and more information about our religion such as learning about various aspects of Hajj for Muslims in order to fulfil the responsibilities that are put on us by our Creator, (Amen).