Question: Regarding the ‘umrah, can it be performed on behalf of another, since my father has died without performing the ‘umrah – and I live [too] far away [to do so on his behalf myself]?
Response: Yes, ‘umrah can be performed on behalf of your father and this is [considered as] honouring him. And if he had asked for the ‘umrah to be performed on his behalf, then his request should be carried out. So the one appointed to perform the ‘umrah on his behalf should be paid [a sufficient amount to cover] ‘umrah expenses from his estate; and if he had not made the request [to have ‘umrah performed on his behalf], then [having the ‘umrah performed on his behalf] is considered as honouring him, particularly if he had not performed the obligatory [first] ‘umrah [himself]. And any ‘umrah other than the obligatory [first] one will be considered as voluntary – and therein is immense reward. So if you want to perform a voluntary ‘umrah on behalf of your father, then this [is considered as] honouring him and extending good to him.