How many days stay in Madinah and Makkah is advisable?

Q: Our intention is to go for Umrah with 2 daughters aged 13 and 3. How many days stay in Madinah and Makkah is advisable?

A: It is advisable to spend that amount of time in the Holy Lands (Makkah Mukarrama and Madinah Munawwarah) whereby the maximum benefit can be achieved and the respect and sanctity of the Mubaarak place is not compromised. One should try and perform forty salaah consecutively in the masjid of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) in order to acquire the virtue that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaih wasallam) has mentioned in his Mubaarak Hadith.

It is reported by Hazrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The one who performs forty Salaah in my Masjid without missing any salaah in between receives two certificates (guarantees of freedom). The first certificate is for freedom from the fire of Jahannum and the second certificate is for freedom from hypocrisy."

And Allah Ta'ala knows best.

عن أنس بن مالك عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال من صلى في مسجدي أربعين صلاة لا يفوته صلاة كتبت له براءة من النار ونجاة من العذاب وبرئ من النفاق (مسند أحمد 20/40, رقم 12583)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)