The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ritual 136

Like the pilgrimage, Umrah is obligatory on all those who can afford it and, like obligatory pilgrimage, must be performed forthwith, although the means may be sufficient for Umrah but not for a pilgrimage. However, it is apparent (adh’dhahir) that if a person’s responsibility is the performance of Hajj-ut-Tamatu’, the Umrat-ul-Mufradah is not obligatory on him.

Thus, if an agent performs all the ceremonies of obligatory pilgrimage on behalf of a principal, the performance of an Umrat-ul Mufradah for himself is not obligatory on him, even if he has the means to perform it, although, as a matter of precaution, it is better to do so.