Can non-Muslims do Umrah?

Q. I respectfully inquire, may a non-Muslim make Umrah? I thank you in advance for a sincere response to my inquiry.


You may go to Arabia or even Medina as a non-Muslim, but you cannot visit Mecca. It is due to the ruling given in the Qur’an as:

“O you who have believed, surely the mushrikin (disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) are only an impurity; so they should not come near the Inviolable Mosque ….. ” [Surat At-Tawbah 9:28]


Merely having knowledge of Islam is not enough to allow a disbeliever to enter the precincts of the Sacred Mosque in Mecca or perform the pilgrimage of Hajj or Umrah.

At this time, millions of Muslims visit the cities each year, and additional tourist traffic would simply add to the congestion and detract from the spirituality of the pilgrimage visit.

The best solution is to accept the ultimate covenant of Islam that started with Adam (عليه السلام) and concluded with Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Allah, The Most High, Says:

“..This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion…” [Surat Al-Mā’idah 5:3]


The Abrahamic faiths in between were perhaps suited to the specific times/people, or rather, some rulings/flexibilities were to be steadily added/updated later.

And Allah Knows Best.


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