Umrah literally means to visit a habitable place. In terms of the Shari`ah it means to pass the Miqat in Ihram
to perform Tawaf of the Ka`bah, Sa`y of Safa’ and Marwah and
to shave/trim the hair.It is Sunnah al-Mu`akkadah (emphasised
Sunnah) to perform `Umrah at least once in a person’s life.
Any more than this is Mustahabb. `Umrah can be performed
anytime of the year besides the days of Hajj (9-13th of
The intention should be the sole pleasure of Allah and should
be carried out in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet
Muhammad (P.B.U.H.). Keep in mind that one is going to visit
the house of Allah (the Ka`bah), which is perpetually visited
by angels, and has the mercy and blessings of Allah descending upon it at all times.
The intention should also include the performance of a great
Sunnah of many of the great Prophets.
Important: If one’s attitude is neglectful or dismissive of
this journey then one will not only be wasting effort and
money, but one may actually be liable for punishment for this