People say that going for umrah in ramadan is equal to hajj.
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People say that going for umrah in ramadan is equal to hajj. People say that staying in the mosque after fajr and worshipping god there until dawn and then praying a two Rakah prayer before leaving is also equal to hajj. So i mean isnt that easier than going to Umrah in Ramadan because you are getting the same reward?
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Umrah in ramadhan reward of Hajj
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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.86 Narrated by Ibn Abbas
When the Prophet returned after performing his Hajj, he asked Um Sinan Al-Ansari, "What did forbid you to perform Hajj?" She replied, "Father of so-and-so (i.e. her husband) had two camels and he performed Hajj on one of them, and the second is used for the irrigation of our land." The Prophet (saws) said (to her), "Perform 'Umra in the month of Ramadan, as its (reward) is equivalent to having performed Hajj with me!"
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 971 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
Allah's Messenger (saws) said: For the one who observes the dawn prayer in congregation, then sits down to remember Allah till the rising of the sun, and then observes two rak'ahs (after the sun has risen), there is for him the reward of a Hajj and an Umrah.
Your Staement: People say that going for umrah in ramadan is equal to hajj. People say that staying in the mosque after fajr and worshipping god there until dawn and then praying a two Rakah prayer before leaving is also equal to hajj.
Dear and Beloved brother in Islam, there are things which people say, and then there are things which the absolute best person who was ever created in the annuls of mankind, Prophet Mohamed ar-Rasool Allah (saws) said!
And it was the Prophet (saws) who declared and said that the reward of performing Umrah in the month of Ramadan is equivalent to the reward of having performed Hajj with him (saws)!; and the reward for a believer staying in a masjid after performing the obligatory fajr prayer and remembering Allah till the rising of the sun, and then observing the two rakah prayer of duha would earn him the reward of a Hajj and an Umrah!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 53 Surah Najm verses 1-5:
1 By the Star when it goes down
2 Your companion (Prophet Mohamed (saws)) is neither astray nor being misled
3 Nor does he say (aught) of (his own) desire.
4 It is no less than inspiration sent down to him:
5 He was taught by one mighty in Power
Allah is our witness brother, the Prophet Mohamed (saws) spoke not of his own desire, but gave news of the unseen only what he (saws) was informed by inspiration from His All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord; and Allah is our witness brother, the Prophet Mohamed (saws) spoke nothing but the Absolute Truth!
Your Question: So i mean isnt that easier than going to Umrah in Ramadan because you are getting the same reward?
Beloved brother, there are several authentic narrations from the Prophet (saws) which narrate any such superb easy opportunities to earn huge rewards from the Lord Most Gracious, Most Bounteous.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 558 Narrated by Abu Umamah
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: If anyone goes out from his house after performing ablution for saying the prescribed obligatory prayer in congregation (in the mosque), his reward will be like that of one who goes for hajj pilgrimage after wearing ihram (robe worn by the hajj pilgrims). And he who goes out to say the mid-morning (duha) prayer, and takes the trouble for this purpose, will take the reward like that of a person who performs umrah. And a prayer followed by a prayer with no worldly talk during the gap between them will be recorded in Illiyyun.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 752 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
Allah's Messenger (saws) said: The prayer of a person in his house is a single prayer; his prayer in the mosque of his tribe has the reward of twenty-seven prayers; his prayer in the mosque of Aqsa (i.e. Bayt al-Maqdas in Jerusalem) has a reward of five hundred prayers; his prayer in my mosque (the Prophet's mosque in Medinah) has a reward of one thousand prayers; and the prayer in the Sacred Mosque at Makkah has a reward of one hundred thousand prayers.
Sahih Muslim Hadith 6517 Narrated by Sa'd ibn Abu Waqqas
Sa'd had been in the company of Allah's Messenger (saws) and he said: Is one amongst you powerless to get one thousand virtues every day? Amongst those who had been sitting there, one asked: How one amongst us can get one thousand virtues every day? He said: Say Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah)" one hundred times for (by reciting them) one thousand virtues are recorded (to your credit) and one thousand vices are blotted out.
Al-Muwatta Hadith 15.17
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "By the One in whose Hand my self is (Allah Subhanah), the (reward of the ) one recitation of the Surah Al-Ikhlaas (113th Surah of the Glorious Quran) it is equal to one third of the Qur'an!"
Beloved brother, when the Messenger of Allah (saws) declares in Truth the rewards of these seemingly easy deeds, the intention and wisdom behind their declaration is to show and highlight how meritorious and magnificent these deeds are in the Sight of Allah Subhanah, so that the believers are encouraged to do these easy deeds and earn their reward in the Presence of their Magnanimous and Bounteous Lord!
Every person who believes knows that there are great rewards in such acts of worship as performing the Umrah and the Hajj, or the prayer, or reciting the Glorious Quran, etc.; thus these huge sources of rewards are used only as a comparison to other seemingly easy deeds which one might ignore or neglect thinking they are insignificant in the Sight of Allah! How many amongst us can afford to perform Umrah every Ramadan, or how could we possibly earn the reward of performing Hajj with the Holy Prophet (saws), or how many can take out the time or make the effort like the dedicated brothers who constantly recite the full Glorious Quran, etc.??? But the majority of the believers can but unfortunately dont make the effort and perform all their obligatory prayers in the mosques, or stay in the mosques after fajr and remember their Lord for an hour or so until the sun rises, or while sitting, standing, or lying down recite the four simple verses of Surah Al-Ikhlaas!
Thus the true status and position and rewards of these seemingly easy and insignificant deeds are explained, so that the believers may be encouraged to perform them and earn such magnificent rewards from their Lord Most Gracious.
It would not constitute guidance or wisdom or prudence to take the mention of the comparable rewards of these deeds to do one of them and leave the other, simply because they have the same reward; but rather, guidance is to strive to do the easy deeds as often as possible, and when the opportunity arises and the Lord Invites us, visit His Sacred House for Umrah and Hajj, or visit the three holy mosques and thus do both, the easy and the difficult and earn the Invaluable Pleasure and Good Will of our Lord Most Supreme!
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,