Is assisting a needy Muslim better than nafl hajj or umrah?

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Q: After one has performed fardh hajj, which is better, performing umrah/nafil hajj or helping a poor and needy person?


A: All these are virtuous deeds. If one is able to fulfill all then this is good. However, if one is only able to do one, then assisting a believer in difficulty is extremely rewarding and even greater than nafil hajj or nafil umrah.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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