Performing Two Umrahs with One Ihram: Permissible?

24 June, 2018
Q I am going to do Umrah with my parents next month. I want to know: can I perform more than one Umrah with the same ihram? I live in India and cannot afford to visit every year. If it is possible, could you tell me how to perform more than one Umrah?


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:


Each Umrah starts with ihram, which starts before the boundary of the Haram and ends with shaving or shortening hair. You can do that as many as you can in one visit to Makkah.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

You cannot make Umrah twice with the same ihram. However, you can do so by assuming ihram, again, after you have come out of the ihram by going out of the boundary of Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque).

Let me explain:

Once you have completed the Umrah and released yourself from ihram, you may, if you wish, make extra Umrahs while in Makkah. However, for this you will have to leave the boundary of Al-Haram; the closest and most convenient place to go for this is a place called Tan`eem which is known today as Masjid `Aishah.

If you want to do Umrah in this way, I would advise you to perform wudu at the hotel. Put on your ihram attire, and then go to Masjid `Aishah. Once you get there, you should pray two rak`ahs in the mosque and make the intention for Umrah.

You should proceed to Makkah and perform tawaf and sa`i as you did in your first Umrah. Having completed these, you can come out of ihram, as your Umrah is complete now.

Almighty Allah knows best.

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