Umrah is the second significant Islamic ritual performed by Muslims across the globe. It is a non-mandatory Ibadah filled with Allah (SWT)’s blessings showered upon his chosen ones whom he invokes his House. The Muslims who are physically, financially and mentally sound perform their religious ritual with religious zeal and fervor. However, the physical or mental fitness is not the only requisite to step into the Holiest place of Allah (SWT). Because the Allah Almighty bestows a Momin based on his sincere devotion and purity of his/her follower’s love for himself. You can realize this very truth when you perform Umrah on Behalf of Someone along with yours.
It’s not mandatory for every Momin to get Umrah rewards just on landing his feet in the Holiest land. Because where there is a will, there is away. Allah just needs your heart pumping with his love. Your Divine wish can also be carried over and fulfilled by your loving children who are undoubtedly allowed to perform Hajj or Umrah on your behalf.
Umrah on Behalf of Deceased or Old Parents
Yes, it is allowed to perform Umrah on behalf of your weak fellows and family members. Among all the fellows, your parents stand supreme in this regard. Every breath of yours owes to your parents. No one in this world sincerely loves you than your parents. So you have to fulfill the needs or requisites of your parents in their lives. Your responsibilities towards your parents continue even after their absence. Allah (SWT) would surely add a person in his good books if he or she complies with the desires of his deceased parents and seeks Magfirah for them.
The best gift you can name for your deceased parents is the Umrah on their behalf. Imagine the two-fold rewards of Allah (SWT) upon you and your parents of the blissfully spiritual gift deed in the form of Umrah on their behalf.
Even if your parents are alive and too weak to feast themselves with the spiritual showers of the holiest place on earth, it’s the right time to add the Divine rewards in their buckets. This can be done by performing Umrah on their behalf or dedicating your own Umrah to your parents.
Significance of a Mother’s Place in Islam
Undoubtedly, parents are inevitably important and unprecedented blessings of Allah (SAW) for a person. Islam raises the parents’ status greater than found in any other religion and between both of them, the mother is given preference in the acceptance of her devotional and selfless love for her children.
The Quranic Reason for Mother’s Preference
If you long for a contented worldly life and a blissful afterlife, just follow your parents’ footprints blindfolded. The words fell short for describing her importance. She is one who brings us into life, she is the bearer, the nurturer and the guide with immeasurable love for her children. Allah Almighty has given us a crystal clear reason to respect and love your mother more than the father.
And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, good treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with hardship, and his gestation and weaning [period] are thirty months. [He grows] until, when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years. ( The Holy Quran).
My Umrah for my deceased Mother
I was very close to my mother for being her only child. I remember what troubles and turmoil she had to bear in raising me as a young widow. She had to work from dawn to dusk and never left any stone unturned in my upbringing. I was the sole center of attraction for her.
Alhamdulilah! My endearing mother was contented with me and my family. She was an ideal and a pious woman with all the capabilities a woman must possess. The saddening news of her death is another story. I was in Makkah Mukarmah in Ihram and returned Haram after performing the Sa’e when the news of her sudden dead pierced into my heart and left me broken.
For time being, I complained to Allah (SWT) that why did he deprive me of the kind patronage of my mother on the eve of my Umrah. I was not even able to attend her final funeral rites.
I felt can’t be translated into words. I was having regrets for not accompanying my mother to avail of this spiritual treat. But I was doubtful about her poor health. Whenever she beheld the Black Holy Square of the Kaaba, her eyes used to get teary in Allah’s love and spiritual desire for this Holy visit.
I had no idea, that I will lose her in such a manner. However, to my serendipity, my mind came up with an idea that I proudly recall until now and will recall it till the end of my life. The idea was to perform another Umrah on my mother’s behalf. While I was having Tawaaf around the Holy Kaaba, I mysteriously felt her presence. I felt as if she were with me. When I completed the Umrah I was immersed in dua e Magrifirah and prayers for her. I seek Allah’s mercy for her in front of the Kaaba. Although I had not been there with her I did whatever I could for my mother.
Mystical Contention in My Heart
After returning home from Umrah’s completion for my mother, a mystical sense of contention touched my heart and soul. I was unexplainably happy and contented. I seek Allah’s forgiveness and clemency for all the complaints of her irretrievable loss. I thanked him for making me capable of performing such an unprecedented task for her.
Respect your Parents
This writing aims to make you realize how important your parents are and what place they hold in your life. So revere your parents fulfill their dreams and wishes they have or had for you. You would get a sweet recompense in every phase of life.