How is Umrah different from Hajj?

Significance

Hajj is of greater religious significance because it is a pillar of Islam and is obligatory, whereas Umrah is optional and a lesser pilgrimage.

Timing

Hajj must be performed between the 8th and 12th of Dhu’l-Hijjah, but Umrah can be performed at any time of year.

Rituals

Ihram, Tawaf, Sa’ae, and Taqsir are all part of Umrah. Hajj is more time-consuming and includes all of these rituals as well as travel to Mina, Mount Arafat, stoning Shaitan, staying in Muzdalifah, and animal sacrifice.

While there are variations between the Hajj and the Umrah, both are holy pilgrimages to Mecca that all Muslims should participate in. Both pilgrimages are spiritually cleansing and gratifying, and they deepen one’s comprehension of Hajar’s, Ibrahim’s, and Muhammad’s sufferings, as well as a believer’s bond with Allah.