As has been said, the visitors are many, but the pilgrims are scarce.
For many, these trips are now for business and trade. And for others, each trip is another “feather” in their caps – which must be made known and announced to the world.
There are those that boast of their yearly trips, whether for Haj or ‘Umra, or both, updating us on the number of visits they make to Makkah Mukarramah and Madina Munawwarah. We have heard people say : “I have made Umrah for the past 20 or 30 years and have never missed out one.” …Yet, the reality is that we cannot count our umrahs and haj.
We cannot say how many have been performed, because we do not know how many have been accepted. Those umrahs and Haj that are accepted are the only ones that we can count. And we will only come to know of their acceptance on the Day of Judgement.
(Malfoozaat of Hazrath Maulana Yunus Patel Saahib (رحمة الله عليه)