Performing 'Umrah on behalf of the deceased
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Question: I made the intention to perform the 'Umrah for my eldest brother since he has passed away, so I want to know, is this act from the religious acts which (whose reward) will reach the deceased?
Yes, because this is something good, (that being) you performing the 'Umrah on behalf of your deceased brother whether it be the obligatory ('Umrah) or the recommended (voluntary) ('Umrah) - so this is a great act; However, (the permissibility of this is) based upon the condition that you have already performed the obligatory 'Umrah for yourself first, and Allaah is the Most Knowledgeable.
Shaykh Saailh ibn Fowzaan
al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan - Volume 5, Page 160, Fatwa No.240