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Hajj and `Umrah – Similarities (Hadith No. 1540)


Volume 3, Book 27, Number 17:

Narrated Safwan bin Ya’la bin Umaiya from his father who said:

“A man came to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) while he was at Ji’rana. The man was wearing a cloak which had traces of Khaluq or Sufra (a kind of perfume). The man asked (the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)), ‘What do you order me to perform in my ‘Umra?’ So, Allah inspired the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) divinely and he was screened by a place of cloth. I wished to see the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) being divinely inspired. ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said to me, ‘Come! Will you be pleased to look at the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) while Allah is inspiring him?’ I replied in the affirmative. ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) lifted one corner of the cloth and I looked at the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) who was snoring. (The sub-narrator thought that he said: The snoring was like that of a camel). When that state was over, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked, “Where is the questioner who asked about ‘Umra? Put off your cloak and wash away the traces of Khaluq from your body and clean the Sufra (yellow color) and perform in your Umra what you perform in your Hajj (i.e. the Tawaf round the Ka’ba and the Sa’i between Safa and Marwa). “

It happened a number of times in the life of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) that he got revelation about a certain matter instantly. This incident is one of those. And it proves that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) didn’t know everything, he didn’t know the unseen except whatever Allah revealed to him.

Coming to the statement “perform in your `Umrah what you perform in your Hajj”, it means perform Tawaaf and Sa`ee. It’s a general statement, but the implication is specific. It doesn’t mean that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) asked him to start doing the rituals of Hajj for his `Umrah (radiallaahu `anhu). Also, the things forbidden in Ihraam for Hajj are also forbidden in Ihraam for `Umrah, including perfume, intercourse, cutting hair etc.

As far as the condition of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) during wahy (Divine Inspiration) described in this Hadith, I can’t find any explanation of the words. So for now, take it as it is, and don’t try to interpret. If I find something, I’ll update the post inshaAllah.

The ‘Bukhari’ Project – One Hadith A Day



I got an idea! And I’m definitely holding on to it. Just like Imaam Bukhari. :D

I’m going through a part of Sahih Bukhari in a course. In the beginning, we learnt about Imaam Bukhari’s life and works. What an amazing personality!

One thing (and a LOT more) inspired me: to memorize a Hadith, he used to bring it to practice, even if he didn’t have any particular interest in the discussed matter. For example, there’s this Hadith which talks about teaching our children swimming and archery and horse riding. Just to act upon it, he took archery exercises, even though he didn’t have much liking for it.

So, I plan to go through the whole Sahih Bukhari and act upon each of the Ahadith. I’ll be sharing my experiences with you as well: how I decided to act upon the Hadith, what did I learn, how did I benefit etc. It’ll be an awesome experience inshaAllah and I don’t want to keep it to myself.

Current target: one Hadith a day.

One thing. I need to clarify my intention right now (mostly to keep a check on myself). This project is just a little something I’ll have to present to Allah on the Day of Judgement and hope He’ll grant me salvation + success when I most need it, inshaAllah.

(Imaam Bukhari made almost the same intention when compiling Sahih Bukhari. :) )

Why did I make an intention? Let’s just say there are two ways of doing things:

– just like that

– due to a reason/ with a purpose

For example, I’m going to sleep.. I can go to sleep ‘just cuz’ and I can make the intention of getting some rest and have a fresh start to the next day and do maximum ‘Ibadah/ good deeds.

What’s better?

Join me on this journey of ‘Ilm and ‘Amal. Your ideas and comments will be highly appreciated.

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Jazakum Allah.

May Allah accept our efforts from us. Ameen.


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