Although Hajj and ‘Umrah
both are sacred rituals of Islam. They are separate in their nature and in the
extent of obligation they entail. Hajj is obligatory for a Muslim who has
physical and financial strength to do it, whereas ‘Umrah though desirable and
commendable is not obligatory for every Muslim. Offering ‘Umrah does not make
Hajj obligatory because the physical and financial ability is different for both
these rituals. Hajj, you would agree, is more strenuous and also more expensive.
If you can manage to send your
father for ‘Umrah, you should do so because a true Muslim should be very
sensitive for each and every chance of virtue and good deed he gets. When and
wherever he gets it he should avail it, lest the candle of his life be put off.
However, you should have the urge and intention for yourself and for your father
that whenever God provides favorable circumstances you will offer Hajj. Man is
responsible and accountable for his present conditions and circumstances and not
for his ‘would be’ circumstances. Take care of the present and the future will
take care of itself.