Performing Umrah for Wife and Children: Allowed?

28 March, 2018
Q I'm planning to perform Umrah. I would like to know if a husband can perform Umrah for his wife or children after he performs it for himself. I’m working in KSA and I’m very far from Makkah.


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:

Regarding question, it is surely allowed to perform Umrah for them, or any other person, especially your parents.

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 are allowed to do Umrah on behalf of your wife and children after having done it for yourself.

However, if your parents are deceased or alive but cannot do it for themselves for any reason, you should do it first for them. Since your wife and children are still alive, they should try to do it for themselves, if they can afford it.

Almighty Allah knows best.

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