There are two types of pilgrimages in Islam: Hajj and Umrah. Hajj, also known as…
Difference between Hajj and Umrah
Although Hajj and Umrah are the Islamic pilgrimage and are performed in the similar places, they can be differentiated on the basis of time to practice and regulations. The significance of Hajj is comparatively higher than that of Umrah and the former one can only be practiced in the month of Dhul Hijjah whereas the latter can be processed at any time throughout the year. The major difference between the two is that Hajj involves more rituals and restrictions, on the other hand, Umrah gets accomplished within few hours.
Rulings for Hajj and Umrah
Another point of differentiation is that Allah has made it mandatory to go for a Hajj at least once in your life. The evidence regarding this statement is mentioned in the holy book of Muslim ‘Quran’ in Surah Imran 3:97.
In the case of Umrah, there are no such regulations associated with it and the same is termed as ‘Sunnah’ but some people still consider Umrah as an obligatory. It is advisable to perform both i.e., Hajj and Umrah together to seek the merciful blessings of Allah.
Types of Hajj and Umrah
According to the Islamic beliefs, there are three types of Hajj and two types of Umrah. Ifrad, Tammatu, and Qiran are the three essential types of Hajj. Ifrad is none other than Hajj itself whereas Tammatu refers to practicing Hajj and Umrah separately during the months of Hajj and Qiran stands for the combined practice of Hajj and Umrah
At the same time, Umrah is classified as Umrat al Mutradah (Umrah without hajj) and Umrat al Tammatu (Umrah performed with Hajj in the month of Hajj only).
In spite of the above-mentioned differences, both rituals purify the mind and soul of the practitioner and unite Muslims of diverse countries.