Answered by: Maulana Jamal Ahmed
When a person returns from umrah they are told that their duas are accepted for 40 days. Is there any basis/truth in this?
There is no narration which specifically states the Haji’s du’a being accepted for forty days, nor is there a narration which states that the du’as of one returning from ‘Umrah are accepted for forty days.
There is a narration, with a weak chain, which states that the Haji’s du’a for forgiveness is accepted till the 10th of Rabi’ulAwwal, which is approximately 90 days from the day of ‘Arafah. The hadith is as follows:
Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says:
“The haji will be forgiven, and all those whom the haji seeks forgiveness on behalf of, for the remainder of DhulHijjah, Muharram, Safar until the tenth of Rabi’ulAwwal.”
(Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 12800 with a weak chain. Refer; footnotes of Musannaf ibn Abi Shaybah. Also see Al AjwibatulMardiyyah, vol. 1 pg. 61)
Only Allah knows best.
Written by Maulana Jamal Ahmed
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham