Why the Muslims made ‘Umrah before the conquest of Makkah
Fatwa No: 184641

Question

Assalamu Alaikum, Before conquest of Mecca, why did the Prophet(pbuh) and companions did umrah while idols were still inside kabah?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The existence of idols inside the Ka’bah or around it is not an obstacle that prevents the validity of the ‘Umrah, especially at that time when the Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them   were not able to destroy them as Makkah was then under the control of the disbelievers of Quraysh.

Since the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )   performed ‘Umrah and made Tawaaf and Sa’y (under those circumstances), then this is evidence that it is permissible and so, it is not polite to ask why the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )   did it.

Allaah Knows best.

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