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Performing Two `Umrahs in One Ihram

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Imran Khan
As-salamu `alaykum. Inshaa’ Allah, I am going to do `Umrah with my parents next month. I want to know: can I perform more than one `Umrah with same ihram, because I live in India and cannot afford to visit every year. If it is possible, could you tell me how to perform more than one?
Ahmad Kutty

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

 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.

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Dear brother, it’s a great pleasure for us to receive your question. We are really impressed by your eagerness to perform `Umrah accompanying your parents which may be a kind of reward for their favors.

You cannot do one `Umrah in the same ihram. Rather, you have to get out of Al-Haram boundary (to Tan`eem, for example) intending to perform `Umrah again.

Either you would perform `Umrah for yourself or on behalf of another one, the rule is; you release from your ihram, get out of the Haram boundary, and make a new ihram intending a new `Umrah for yourself or any other person, alive or dead.

So, the rule is that: each `Umrah starts with ihram, which starts before the boundary of the Haram (miqat in Arabic) and ends with shaving or shortening hair (tahllul). You can do that as many as you can in one visit to Makkah.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

You cannot make `Umrah twice with the same ihram. However, you can do so by assuming ihram, again, after you have come out of the ihram by going out of the boundary of Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque).

Let me explain:

Once you have completed the `Umrah and released yourself from ihram, you may, if you wish, make extra `Umrahs while in Makkah. However, for this you will have to leave the boundary of Al-Haram; the closest and most convenient place to go for this is a place called Tan`eem which is known today as Masjid `Aishah.

If you want to do `Umrah in this way, I would advise you to perform wudu’ at the hotel. Put on your ihram attire, and then go to Masjid `Aishah. Once you get there, you should pray two rak`ahs in the mosque and make the niyyah (intention) for `Umrah.

You should proceed to Makkah and perform tawaaf and sa`y as you did in your first `Umrah. Having completed these, you can come out of ihram, as your `Umrah is complete now.

Should you wish to do another `Umrah, you may do so.

Allah Almighty knows best.