Performing`Umrah and spending in the Cause of Allah

Q 1: By Allah's support, I was able to perform the Faridhah (obligatory act) of Qiran Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah without a break in between) in 1401 A.H. In 1402 A.H. I performed Hajj on behalf of my mother (May Allah be merciful with her) by virtue of Allah's Bestowal. These days, I have a great passion towards returning to these sanctified, blessed lands, as I yearn to perform Tawaf (circumambulation) around the Ka`bah , Sa`y (going) between Al-Safa and Al-Marawah, in addition to paying a visit to Al-Masjid Al-Nabawy (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah) peace be upon him and his two companions (Abu Bakr and `Umar), offering prayer in Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifah (The area between the grave and the pulpit of the Prophet). If I offer this charitable act, will this be considered as wastefulness or (Part No. 11; Page No. 329) lavishness? In other words: Suppose I have a surplus of money which suffices to offer `Umrah. On the other hand, I have another choice of donating a sum of money to the Mujahidun (those striving or fighting in the Cause of Allah) in Afghanistan, Which is more deserving to spend the money on. Should I Donate the money to the Mujahidun or perform `Umrah? May Allah reward you amply.

A: Both acts are pious and reward worthy, but the benefit of `Umrah is only restricted to its doer, while the benefit of spending on Jihad (striving in the Cause of Allah) will be more extended and widespread, therefore, it is more deserving and preferable.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.