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Should I perform Umrah first and then Hajj?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.com
I am from India, I am sahibe-nisaab (having enough wealth can go for Hajj presently). I am thinking first to do Umrah along with my wife, like this I will see the all places to visit (familiar the new places), then after some time, I will go for main Hajj which is farz. Is there any issue to perform umrah first then hajj (after one or two years)? Please explain which is better.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 84/83/N=01/1435)

There is no wrong if you perform Umrah first and then hajj, but since hajj is fardh on a person having capacity to go for it, so it is not right to delay it unnecessarily. Also, one never knows whether he will live or not; therefore do not delay hajj for one year as well, rather perform hajj this year. And if it is not possible, then perform hajj and Umrah in one journey.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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