Is the Reward for Umrah in Rajab Greater Than Other Times?

17 February, 2021
Q As-salamu `alaykum. Some people perform Umrah specifically in the month of Rajab rather than in the rest of the Hijri months. They do so thinking that performing Umrah in Rajab has more reward than at any other time. I would like to know whether or not this is correct. Moreover, does Umrah in the month of Rajab have the same merit as Umrah in Ramadan? Please shed light on this matter, as every year we are confused because of the conflicting opinions in this regard.

Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

1- Though performing Umrah entails great reward, it is incorrect to perform it in the month of Rajab while believing that Umrah in Rajab is an act of the Sunnah, or that it has more reward than in any other month.

2- Still, there is no harm to perform Umrah in Rajab, for, generally, Umrah has great merits when performed at any time throughout the year.

3- Moreover, Muslims should be keen on doing many righteous deeds in the sacred months.


Responding to your question, Sheikh Mahmoud Isma`il, an Egyptian Da`iyah, states,

Virtues of the Sacred Months

1- Allah Almighty has chosen four months to be sacred, as stated in the verse that reads: {Lo! The number of the months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them.} (At-Tawbah 9:36)

What are the Sacred Months?

This verse has not defined the Sacred Months but they have been specified in the Sunnah.

This is stated in the hadith narrated on the authority of Abu Bakrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said in the Farewell Hajj (Hajjat Al-Wada) while delivering his sermon, “Time has taken its original shape which it had when Allah created the Heavens and the Earth. The year is of twelve months, four of which are sacred, and out of these (four) three are in succession: They are Dhul-Qidah, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram, and the fourth is Rajab which is named after the Mudar tribe, between (the month of) Jumada (II) and Shaban.”(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Fasting and Observing Umrah in Rajab

2- There is no authentic legal proof from Prophet Muhammad or from his Companions indicating a special merit in observing fast in Rajab particularly. But it is an act of the Sunnah to observe fast in Rajab just like in other Hijri months, such as fasting on Mondays and Thursdays; on the thirteenth, the fourteenth and the fifteenth days of every Hijri month; and on alternate days.

Moreover, there is no authentic legal proof from Prophet Muhammad or from his Companions showing that there is a particular reward for performing Umrah in Rajab.

Did the Prophet perform Umrah in Rajab?

3- It is not authentically narrated that Prophet Muhammad performed Umrah in Rajab. There is only one narration on the authority of Ibn Umar in which he holds the view that Prophet Muhammad at one time performed Umrah in Rajab. This narration is rejected by scholars as well as by Aishah, Mother of the Believers, (may Allah be pleased with her).

In this concern, Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr reported, “I and Ibn Umar were reclining against (the wall of) the dwelling place of Aishah, and at that time, we heard the sound of cleaning her teeth with siwak. I said, “O Abu Abdur-Rahman (Ibn Umar’s nickname), did Prophet Muhammad perform Umrah in Rajab?” He replied in the affirmative. So I said, “O Mother of the Believers, do you not hear what Abu Abdur-Rahman is saying?” She said, “What is he saying?” I said, “He is saying that Prophet Muhammad (once) performed Umrah in Rajab.” Aishah said, “May Allah be merciful to Abu Abdur-Rahman! By my religion, the Prophet never performed Umrah in Rajab, and he did not perform Umrah except when I was with him.” Ibn Umar heard this and said nothing to deny or affirm it, but remained silent.”

4- Prophet Muhammad did not say any hadith concerning a certain reward for performing Umrah in Rajab, but he said, “Umrah in Ramadan is equal to Hajj (in reward).”

5- No one should specify certain times for performing certain acts of worship as long as this is not specified in the Shariah. This is because there is no excellence in performing an act of worship at a certain time over performing it at another time except when this is defined by the Shariah.

That is, the Shariah may define a specific act of worship to be done at a particular time, or it may state that doing any act of worship at a certain time would have more reward than at any other time.

Is the Reward for Umrah in Rajab Greater Than Other Times?

6- It is allowable to perform Umrah in Rajab the same as it is allowable throughout the whole year but without the intention of performing it only in Rajab, as performing Umrah has a great reward when performed at any time throughout the whole year.

Finally, a Muslim is in need of performing acts of worship in all the Sacred Months, and Rajab is undoubtedly one of them.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.