Answered by Shaykh Salim Ahmad Mauladdawila
Question: Assalamu alaykum
Is it permissible to travel and perform Umra for a deceased relative without performing Umra for one’s self on the same journey?
Answer: Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim
It is permissible to travel and perform Umra for a deceased relative without performing Umra for one’s self on the same journey; however it is recommended that one perform multiple Umras during their time in Makkah to make the most of the Holy Mosque and the sacred precinct.
Imam al-Nawawi says in al-Iydhah fi Manasik al-Hajj that one should make the most of their time staying in Makkah and perform Umra in plenty, and in Ihya Ulum al-Deen Imam al-Ghazali says, “The one staying in Makkah should perform Umra and Tawaf abundantly”.
It should be noted that if a person staying in Makkah has completed Umra and wishes to perform another, they should first travel to outside of the sacred precinct to enter Ihram before performing their next Umra. One should travel to, in order of preference, either al-Ji’ranah, al-Tan’im, or al-Hudaibiya. Al-Tan’im is the closest of the three to the Holy Mosque in Makkah, and Masjid Aisha there is well known and clearly indicated. It was the place where Sayyida Aisha entered into Ihram as she was instructed to do so by the Prophet (Peace be upon him).
[Shaykh] Salim Ahmad Mauladdawila