Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Asalamu alaykum,
What is the preferable form of Hajj in the Hanafi school: Tamattu' or Qiran?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha'Allah.
Tamattu` is linguistically benefiting; and technically combining between the actions of the lesser pilgrimage (`umra) and the greater pilgrimage (hajj) in the months of Hajj, in a single year, with two states of pilgrim sanctity (ihram), by performing the `umra first, and without returning to one’s family between the `umra and hajj [i.e. without ihram].
Qiran is linguistically combining between two things; and technically combining between `umra and hajj in a single ihram, and in one journey.
[Maydani, al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab; Mawsili, al-Ikhtiyar li Ta`lil al-Mukhtar]
The Qiran is superior to the Tamattu` as it entails greater hardship by remaining in the state of pilgrim sanctity (ihram) for the duration of the rites of the lesser (`umra) and greater pilgrimage (hajj).
See: A Hajj Reader
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.