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|As-salamu `alaykum. What is the concept of `Umrah? How did it start, and what is its purpose?|
Wa `alaykum As-Salaamu Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
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.
Dear questioner! Thanks a lot for your question and the interest you show in having a clearer view of the true teachings of Islam. May Allah help you get the right understanding and stand firm on the Straight Path! Amen!
Every Muslim should be keen to visit the Sacred House of Allah in Makkah, and the Prophet's mosque. This visit revives one's faith, enhances his iman, and brings him closer to Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). According to some scholars, `Umrah is obligatory on those who can offer it.
In his response to the question, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, president of the Fiqh Council of North America, states the following: