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The Ziyarah of Imam Husayn

The Ziyarah of ‘Ashura’

Peace be upon you, O Abu ′Abdullah.

Peace be upon you, O son of the Messenger of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O son of Amir al-Mu’minin (the commander of the faithful ones) and chief of the prophets’ successors.

Peace be upon you, O son of Fatimah the chiefess of the women of this world.
Peace be on you, O he whose blood-claimer is Allah, He is the blood-claimer of your father also, as those who persecuted you, your relatives and friends have not been punished for the crimes.
Peace be upon you and upon those souls who had gathered in your camp.

I pray and invoke Allah to keep all of you tranquil and restful forever; so far I am alive, this is my prayer, and till nights and days follow each other.
O Abu ′Abdullah, unbearable is the sorrow; never-racking is the agony you put up with for us and for all (true) Muslims.

Crimes committed against you also shocked and unnerved the dwellers of the heavens, one and all.

Curse of Allah be on the people who laid the basis and set up the groundwork, to wander astray and turn aside from not only you and your family, but also to take liberties and bear hard upon you.

Curse of Allah be on the people who tried to obscure and deny your office and status, willfully neglected your rank and class Allah had made known in clear terms.

Curse of Allah be on the people who killed you.
Curse of Allah be on the abettors who instigated and had a part in the murder committed against you.
I turn to you and Allah away from them, their henchmen, their followers, and their friends.

O Abu Abdullah, I make peace with those who make their peace with you, and make war against those who go to war against you until the Day of Judgment.
Curse of Allah be on the family of Ziyad.
Curse of Allah be on the family of Marwan.
Curse of Allah be on the group and the tribe of Umayya, everyone, altogether.
Curse of Allah be on son of Marjanah.

Curse of Allah be on Omar ibn Sa’d.
Curse of Allah be on Shemr.
Curse of Allah be on the people who saddled and put bridles (on their riding animals) and veiled (their faces as sings of getting ready) for fighting you.
My father and mother be sacrificed for you.
Profound is my sorrow for you.

So, I beg Allah who honored you above others to be generous towards me on account of you and give me the opportunity to be with the victorious Imam (Imam al-Mahdi) from the descendants of Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family.

O Allah make me attend to Your cause sincerely in every respect following in al-Husayn’s footsteps in this world and the Hereafter.
O Abu ′Abdullah, I seek nearness and seek greater intimacy with Allah, His Messenger, Amir al-Mu’minin, Fatmah, al-Hasan, and with you, through the help of my love and patronage for you and through disavowing those who laid the foundation (for your suffering), carried out their corrupt plan for action, boldly gave currency to reign of terror and cruelty to oppress you and your friends and followers.

I detach myself from them and present myself to Allah and to you.
I first seek greater intimacy with Allah and then with you through my love for you, and for those who love and support you, and through my disavowing your enemies and those who wage wars against you and disavowing their patrons and followers.

I make peace with those who make their peace with you, make war against those who go to war against you, make friends with those who accede to you, and antagonize those who antagonize you.
Therefore, I make a request to Allah Who acquainted me with the awareness that perceives you and your friends and bestowed upon me with the grace of disavowing your enemies, to make me keep company with you in this world and in the Hereafter, stand firm beside you, and follow your footsteps closely in this world and in the world to come.

I beseech Him that He helps me to reach your highly praised station given to you by Allah (to meet you), that He provides me the opportunity to fight for justice and fair play along with and under the leadership of the rightly guided Imam who surely will come and speak the truth.

I beseech Allah in the name of your right and the purpose He assigned to you that He overwhelms me with grief in memory of your sorrows more than the personal grief that torments anyone who is in great agony—sorrows which have no parallel and overshadow all calamities that took place in the history of Islam, for that matter, throughout the whole universe.

O Allah, in this situation, treat me like him/her who obtains from Your blessings, mercy, and forgiveness.
O Allah, make my life go on in the same way as the life of Muhammad and the children of Muhammad went on and make me die on the same principles on which Muhammad and the children of Muhammad die.

O Allah, this is a day of rejoicing for the Umayyad dynasty and for the son of that woman who ate the liver (of Hamza)—the son who, as well as his father, is cursed by You and Your Messenger, peace be upon him and his family, in every situation and occasion drew the public’s attention to this truism.

O Allah, curse Abu Sufyan, Muawiyah son of Abu Sufyan, and Yazid son of Muawiyah, and make it a never-ending curse upon them from You.

This is also a day of joy for the family of Ziyad and the family of Marwan because they killed al-Husayn, peace be upon him.

Therefore, O Allah, double up the curse You bring upon them and also the punishment You decrees for them.
O Allah, I seek nearness to You on this day, all my lifetime, and in this frame of mind through disavowing them and cursing them, and through my being loyal to your Prophet and the children of Your Prophet, peace be upon him and his family.

Then say one hundred times:
O Allah, curse the first tyrant who unjustly and wrongfully usurped that which rightly belonged to Muhammad and the children of Muhammad, and bring curse upon those who, after him, followed in this footsteps.
O Allah, curse the conspirators who vexed and harassed al-Husayn, showed eagerness, agreed mutually, and joined hands to kill him.
O Allah, curse all of them.

Then say one hundred times:
Peace be upon you, O Abu Abdullah, and upon those souls who came to your camp to put themselves at your disposal.
So far I am alive and days and nights follow each other, I invoke Allah to send blessings on you forever.
Allah may not make it the last time for me to visit your tomb.

Peace be upon al-Husayn, upon ′Ali ibn al-Husayn, upon the children of al-Husayn, and upon the companions of al-Husayn.

Then say:
O Allah, let the curse I call down be on the first tyrant (who wronged and persecuted Muhammad and his children) and stay up forever on the first, then the second, then the third, and then the fourth.
O Allah, call down evil on the fifth; Yazid son of Muawiyah, and curse ′Ubaydullah Ibn Ziyad, son of Marjanah, ′’Umar ibn Sa′d, Shemr, the family of Abu Sufyan, the family of Ziyad, and the family of Marwan until the Day of Judgment.

Then, prostrate yourself and recite:
O Allah, all praise of the every-thankful ones is due to You for the misfortunes that they encountered.

All praise is due to Allah for my deep, intense grief.

O Allah, make available for me the intercession of al-Husayn on the Day I present myself before You, and let me stand firm in safety before You on account of my sincere attachment with al-Husayn, along with him and his comrades who sacrificed everything they had (hearts, minds, souls, and lives) for al-Husayn, peace be upon him.

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا أبَا عَبْدِ الله،

السَّلاَم عَلَيْك يَا بْنَ رَسُولِ اللهِ،

السَّلاَم عَلَيْك يَا بْن أمير الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَابْنَ سَيِّدِ الْوَصِيِّين،

السَّلاَم عَلَيْكَ يَا بْنَ فَاطِمَةَ سَيِّدَةِ نِسَاءِ الْعَالَمِينَ، السَّلاَم عَلَيْك يَا ثَارَ اللهِ وابنَ ثارِهِ وَالْوِتْرَ الْمَوْتُورَ.

السَّلاَم عَلَيْك وَعَلَى الأرواح الَّتِي حَلَّت بِفِنَائِك،

عَلَيْكُم مِنِّي جميعاً سلامُ الله أبَداً مَا بَقِيتُ وَبَقِي اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ.

يَا أبَا عَبْدِ الله، لَقَدْ عَظُمَت الرَّزِيَّةُ وَجَلَّتْ وعظمت المصيبةُ بِك (بِكُمْ) عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَى جَمِيعِ أهل الإسلامِ،

وَجَلَّتْ وَعَظُمَتْ مُصِيبَتُكَ فِي السَّماوَات علَى جَمِيعِ أهْلِ السَّماوَاتِ.

فَلَعَنَ اللهُ امَّةً أسَّسَتْ أسَاسَ الظُلْمِ وَالْجَوْرِ عَلَيْكُم أهْلَ الْبَيْتِ،

وَلَعَنَ اللهُ أمَّةً دَفَعَتْكُم عَن مَقَامِكُم وَأَزَالَتْكُم عَن مَرَاتِبِكُم الَّتِي رَتَّبَكُم الله فِيهَا،

وَلَعَنَ اللهُ أمَّةً قَتَلَتْكُم،

وَلَعَنَ اللهُ المُمَهِّدِين لَهُم بِالتَّمْكِين مِن قِتَالِكُم.

بَرِئْت إلى اللهِ وإلَيْكُم مِنْهُم وَمِن أشْيَاعِهِم وَأَتْبَاعِهِم وَأَوْلِيَائِهِم.

يَا أبَا عَبْدِ اللهِ، إنِّي سِلْم لِمَن سَالَمَكُم وَحَرْبٌ لِمَن حَارَبَكُم إلى يَوْم القِيَامَةِ.

وَلَعَن اللهُ آلَ زِيَادٍ وَآلَ مَرْوَانَ،

وَلَعَنَ اللهُ بَنِي أمَيَّةَ قَاطِبَةً،

وَلَعَن اللهُ ابْنَ مَرْجَانَةَ،

وَلَعَن الله عُمَرَ بْن سَعْدٍ،

وَلَعَن اللهُ شِمْراً،

وَلَعَن اللهُ أمَّةً أسْرَجَتْ وَأَلْجَمَتْ وَتَنَقَّبَت لِقِتَالِك.

بِأَبِي أنْت وَأُمِّي؛

لَقَدْ عَظُمَ مُصَابِي بِك،

فَأسْأَلُ اللهَ الَّذِي اكْرَم مَقَامَك وَأَكْرَمَنِي بِك أنْ يَرْزُقَنِي طَلَبَ ثَأرِكَ مَعَ إمَامٍ مَنْصُورٍ مِن أهْلِ بَيْت مُحَمَّدٍ صَلَّى الله عَلَيْه وَآلِه.

اللَّهُم اجْعَلْنِي عِنْدَك وَجِيهاً بِالحُسَيْن عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ.

يَا أبَا عَبْدِ اللهِ؛ إنِّي أتَقَرَّبُ إلى اللهِ وَإلَى رَسُوْلِهِ وإلى أمِيْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وإلى فَاطِمَةَ وإلى الحَسَنِ وإليك بِمُوَالاَتِك وَبِالْبَرَاءَةِ مِمَّن أسَّسَ أسَاسَ ذلِك وَبَنَىٰ عَلَيْهِ بُنْيَانَه وَجَرَىٰ فِي ظُلْمِه وَجَوْرِه عَلَيْكُمْ وَعَلَى أشْيَاعِكُم.

بَرِئْت إلى الله وإليكُم مِنْهُم،

وَأَتَقَرَّبُ إلى اللهِ ثُم إلَيْكُمْ بِمُوَالاَتِكُم وَمُوَالاَةِ وَلِيِّكُم وَبِالْبَرَاءَةِ مِن أعْدَائِكُم وَالنَّاصِبِين لَكُم الْحَرْبَ، وِبِالْبَرَاءَةِ مِن أشْيَاعِهِم وَأَتْبَاعِهِم.

إِنِّي سِلْم لِمَن سَالَمَكُم وَحَرْبٌ لِمَن حَارَبَكُم وَوَلِيٌّ لِمَنْ وَالاَكُم وَعَدُوٌّ لِمَن عَادَاكُم،

فَأَسْألُ اللهَ الَّذِي أكْرَمَنِي بِمَعْرِفَتِكُم وَمَعْرِفَة أوْلِيَائِكُم وَرَزَقَنِي الْبَرَاءَةَ مِن أعْدَائِكُم أن يَجْعَلَنِي مَعَكُم فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ وَأَن يُثَبِّتَ لِي عَنْدَكُم قَدَمَ صِدْقٍ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخرةِ،

وَأَسْأَلُه ان يُبَلِّغَنِيَ الْمَقَامَ الْمَحْمُودَ لَكُم عِنْدَ اللهِ،

وَأَن يَرْزُقَنِي طَلَبَ ثَأرِي (ثَأرِكُمْ) مَعَ إِمَام هُدًى ظَاهِرٍ نَاطِقٍ بِالْحَقِّ مِنْكُم.

وَأَسْأَلُ اللهَ بِحَقِّكُم وَبِالشَّأْنِ الَّذِي لَكُم عِنْدَهُ أَن يُعْطِيَنِي بِمُصَابِي بِكُم افْضَلَ مَا يُعْطِي مُصَاباً بِمُصِيبَتِه؛ مُصِيبَةً مَا أعْظَمَهَا وَأَعْظَمَ رَزِيَّتَهَا فِي الإِسْلاَم وَفِي جَمِيعِ السَّماوَات وَالأرْضِ.

اللَّهُم اجْعَلْنِي فِي مَقَامِي هَذَا مِمَّن تَنَالُهُ مِنْك صَلَوَاتٌ وَرَحْمَةٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ.

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ مَحْيَايَ مَحْيَا مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَمَمَاتِي مَمَاتَ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ.

اللَّهُمَّ إنَّ هَذَا يَوْمٌ تَبَرَّكَت بِه بَنُو أمَيَّةَ وَابْنُ آكِلَةِ الأكْبَادِ اللَّعِينُ ابْنُ اللَّعِينِ عَلَى لِسَانِك وَلِسَانِ نَبِيِّكَ، صَلَّى الله عَلَيْه وَآلِه، فِي كُلِّ مَوْطِنٍ وَمَوْقِفٍ وَقَفَ فِيه نَبِيُّكَ، صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْه وَآلِهِ.

اللَّهُم الْعَنْ أبَا سُفْيَانَ وَمُعاوِيَةَ وَيَزِيدَ بْنَ مُعاوِيَة؛ عَلَيْهِم مِنْكَ اللَّعْنَةُ أبَدَ الآبِدِينَ.

وَهٰذَا يَوْمٌ فَرِحَتْ بِه آلُ زِيَادٍ وَآلُ مَرْوَانَ بِقَتْلِهِم الْحُسَيْنَ، صَلَوَات الله عَلَيْه،

اللَّهُمَّ فَضَاعِفْ عَلَيْهِمُ اللَّعْنَ مِنْك وَالْعَذَابَ الأَلِيم.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيْكَ فِي هَذَا اليَوْمِ وَفِي مَوْقِفِي هَذَا وَأَيَّامِ حَياتِي بِالْبَرَاءةِ مِنْهُم وَاللَّعْنَةِ عَلَيْهِم، وَبِالْمُوَالاَة لِنَبِيِّك وَآلِ نَبِيِّك، عَلَيْه وَعَلَيْهِم السَّلاَمُ.

ثم قل مائة مرة:

اللَّهُمَّ الْعَنْ أوَّلَ ظَالِمٍ ظَلَمَ حَقَّ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآخِرَ تَابِعٍ لَه عَلَى ذلِك.

اللَّهُمَّ الْعَن الْعِصَابَةَ الَّتِي جَاهَدَت الْحُسَيْنَ وَشَايَعَتْ وَبَايَعَتْ وَتَابَعَتْ عَلى قَتْلِه.

اللَّهُم الْعَنْهُم جَمِيعاً.

ثم قل مائة مرة:

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْك يَا أبَا عَبْدِ اللهِ وَعَلَى الأَرْوَاحِ الَّتِي حَلَّتْ بِفِنَائِك،

عَلَيْكَ مِنِّي سَلاَمُ اللهِ أبَداً مَا بَقِيتُ وَبَقِيَ اللَّيْلُ وَالنَّهَارُ،

وَلاَ جَعَلَهُ اللهُ آخِرَ الْعَهْدِ مِنِّي لِزِيَارَتِكُم.

السَّلاَمُ عَلَى الْحُسَيْنِ وَعَلَى عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ وَعَلَى أوْلاَدِ الْحُسَيْنِ وَعَلَى أصْحَابِ الْحُسَيْنِ.

ثم قل:

اللَّهُمَّ خُصَّ أنْتَ أوَّلَ ظَالِمٍ بِاللَّعْنِ مِنِّي وَابْدَأْ بِه أوَّلاً ثُمَّ الثَّانِيَ وَالثَّالِثَ وَالرَّابِعَ.

اللَّهُمَّ الْعَنْ يَزِيدَ خَامِساً وَالْعَنْ عُبَيْدَ اللهِ بْنَ زِيَادٍ وَابْنَ مَرْجَانَةَ وَعُمَرَ بْن سَعْدٍ وَشِمْراً وَآلَ أبِي سُفْيَانَ وَآلَ زِيَادٍ وَآلَ مَرْوَانَ إلى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ.

ثم اسجد وقل:

اللَّهُمَّ لَك الْحَمْدُ حَمْدَ الشَّاكِرِين لَكَ عَلَى مُصَابِهِم.

الْحَمْدُ للهِ عَلَى عَظِيمِ رَزِيَّتِي.

اللَّهُمَّ ارْزُقْنِي شَفَاعَةَ الْحُسَيْنِ يَوْم الوُرُودِ وَثَبِّت لِي قَدَمَ صِدْقٍ عِنْدَك مَعَ الْحُسَيْنِ وَأَصْحَابِ الْحُسَيْن الَّذِينَ بَذَلُوا مُهَجَهُم دُون الْحُسَيْن عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَمُ.

The Ziyarah of al-Warith

Ibn Qawlawayh, in his book titled ‘al-Mazar’ records the following on the authority of Safwan:

I asked Imam as-Sadiq, peace be upon him, to permit me to visit (the holy tomb of) my master Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him, and also asked him to guide me what to do. The Imam said to me:

“O Safwan, before you begin your journey to visit the tomb of Imam Husayn, you should fast for three days and, on the third day, wash yourself, gather your family members, and recite (the Du’a): O Allah, I keep with you… etc.”

Imam as-Sadiq, peace be upon him, then taught Safwan a Du’a to be recited near the River Euphrates.”

He, peace be upon him, then said:

“Wash yourself in the River Euphrates, for my father, on the authority of his fathers, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him and his family, said:

After my demise, my son (al-Husayn) will be killed on the bank of the Euphrates. He who washes himself in that river (intending to visit the tomb of al-Husayn) will have all of his sins eradicated as if he has just been born by his mother.”

Imam as-Sadiq, peace be upon him, then said:

As you wash yourself in the river, recite the following:

(I begin) by the Name of Allah and (I seek help) from Allah. O Allah, (I beseech to You to) make this water for me as light, purification, shelter, and remedy from every malady, ill, epidemic, or defect. O Allah, purify my heart through this water, expand my breast for me, and make my affair easy to me.

When you finish washing yourself, put on two dresses and offer a two-Rak’at (unit of prayer) prayer not very far from the bank of the river. That is the very place about which Allah said:

And in the earth there are tracts side by side and gardens of grapes and corn and palm trees having one root and (others) having distinct roots‑‑ they are watered with one water, and We make some of them excel others in fruit. (The Holy Quran; Sura of ar-Ra’d 13:4.)

As you finish your prayer, direct towards Hair with tranquility and solemnity. As you walk, try to make short steps, for Allah, Exalted is He, shall record for you the reward of Hajj (holy pilgrimage to Mecca—obligatory in definite conditions and season) and ‘Umrah (recommended pilgrimage to Mecca). Try to be pious-hearted with tearful eyes. Recite as much as possible Takbir (saying Allahu Akbar—Allah is the Most Great), Tahlil (saying La ilaha illa (a)llah—There is no god but Allah), statements of praising Allah and sending blessings on Muhammad and his family in general and blessings on Husayn in particular, and cursing those who killed him and those who were the main reason beyond so.

At the door of Hair, stop and recite:

Allah is, verily, the Most Great, very much thanks is due to Allah, and praise Allah in morns and eves. All praise is due to Allah Who guided us to this, and we would not have found the way had it not been that Allah had guided us; certainly the apostles of our Lord brought the truth.”

Then, you should recite:

“Peace be upon you, O the Messenger of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O the Prophet of Allah. Peace be upon you, O the seal of the prophets.

Peace be upon you, O the chief of the Messengers (of Allah).

Peace be upon you, O the Beloved of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O the commander of the faithful ones.

Peace be upon you, O the master of the prophets’ successors. Peace be upon you, O the leader of the white-forheaded and white-footed ones (on the Day of Resurrection).

Peace be upon you, O son of Fatimah the chiefess of the women of this world.

Peace be upon you and upon the Imams from your progeny.

Peace be upon you, O the successor of Amir al-Mu’minin (the commander of the faithful ones).

Peace be upon you, O veracious and shahid (martyr).

Peace be upon you, O Angels of Allah who reside in this holy shrine.

Peace be upon you, O my Lord’s Angels who surround the tomb of al-Husayn, peace be upon him.

Peace be upon all of you forever as long as there are day and night.”

You should then say:

“Peace be upon you, O Abu ′Abdullah.

Peace be upon you, O son of the Messenger of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O son of Amir al-Mu’minin.

I am your slave and son of your slave and bondmaid.

I confess of my servantship to you, acquit from being opposite to you, accede to anyone who accedes to you, and antagonize him who antagonizes you. I direct towards your holy shrine, seek shelter of your (burial) place, and seek nearness to you through directing to you.

O the Messenger of Allah, may I enter?

O the Prophet of Allah, may I enter?

O Amir al-Mu’minin, may I enter?

O the chief of the prophets’ successors, may I enter? O Fatimah the chiefess of the women of the world, may I enter?

O my master Abu ‘Abdullah, may I enter?

O my master and son of the Messenger of Allah, may I enter?”

If you feel your heart has become submissive and your eyes have become tearful, then that will be the sign of permission to enter. You then should enter and recite:

“All praise is due to Allah the One, the Unique, the Single, the Absolute Who guided me to be loyal to you, gave me exclusively the change to visit your tomb, and made it easy for me to direct to you.”

You should then come near the door of the dome from the Imam’s head’s side and recite:

Peace be on you, O the inheritor of Adam the sincerely attached friend of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the inheritor of Noah, the prophet of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the inheritor of Abraham, the intimate friend of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the inheritor of Moses who spoke to Allah!

Peace be on you, O the inheritor of Jesus who received peace, joy, and mercy from Allah!

Peace be on you, O the inheritor of Muhammad, the dearest beloved of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the inheritor of Amir ul-Mu’minin, peace be upon him.

Peace be on you, O the son of Muhammad al-Mustafa!

Peace be on you, O the son of ′Ali al-Murta¨a!

Peace be upon you, O the son of Fatimah al-Zahra!

Peace be on you, O the Khadijah al-Kubra!

Peace be on you, O he whose blood-claimer is Allah, He is the blood-claimer of your father also, as those who persecuted you, your relatives and friends have not been punished for the crimes.

I bear witness that verily you established the prayers, gave the zakat (prescribed share) to the needy, commanded to do what is right and lawful, not to do that which is wrong and unlawful, obeyed Allah and His Messenger till the inevitable came unto you.

So, Allah condemns those who killed you to eternal punishment; Allah casts those who maltreated you into Hell, Allah damns those who heard the event and rested satisfied.

O My Master, O Abu ′Abdullah! I bear witness that verily you were a light in the sublime loins and purified wombs; the impurities of ignorance did not even tough you, nor could its soiled and dirty bearing ever smear you.

I bear witness that, verily, you are the mainstay of the religion, and the supporter of the faithful ones.

I bear witness that, verily, you are a pious, God-fearing, favorite, wise, and rightly guided (Imam).

I bear witness that the Imams, in your progeny, are the words of wisdom, the signs of guidance, the safe handle of Islam, and the decisive argument for the humankind.

I call Allah to give witness, and also His Angels, His Prophets, His Messenger, that, verily, I believe in (all of) you, that I am sure of your Return, joined to the divine laws of my belief, and my accomplishments; my mind and soul resigned to your obedience, my conduct following the example of your behavior.

Blessings of Allah be on (all of) you, on your souls, on your bodies, on your forms, (when) you are in view, (when) you are out of sight, on your style, and on your substance.

Then throw yourself on the tomb, kiss it, and recite:

My father and mother be sacrificed for you, O son of the Messenger of Allah!

My father and mother be sacrificed for you, O Abu ′Abdullah!

Verily terrible was the calamity, and your suffering casts gloom upon us and upon all the people of the heavens and the earth.

Therefore, curse of Allah be on the people who saddled up, gave rein to their horses and prepared to kill you.

O my Master, O Abu ′Abdullah! I moved towards your sacred shrine and came to visit you, I beseech Allah in the name of your honor and your status you enjoy before Him to send blessings on Muhammad and on the children of Muhammad, and keep me with you in this world and in the Hereafter.

Then you should stand up for offering a two-Rak’at prayer next to the place of the Imam’s head. In this prayer, you can recite any Quranic chapter you like. When you finish, you should recite:

O Allah, I have offered a prayer, genuflected, and prostrated myself for sake of You purely particularly, since You have no associate and since none at all is worth of prayer, genuflection, and prostration except You.

O Allah, send blessings on Muhammad and the children of Muhammad, and send them my best greetings and compliment, and send their replies to me.

O Allah, accept this prayer that I have offered as present from me to my master al-Husayn ibn ′Ali, peace be upon both of them.

O Allah, send blessings on Muhammad and on him (al-Husayn) and accept my effort and reward me for it in the best rewarding that I anticipate and hope from You and from Your saint. You are surely the Guardian of the faithful ones.

Then, move to the place of the Imam’s legs, stop at the place of the head of ‘′Ali ibn al-Husayn, peace be upon them, and recite:

Peace be upon you, O son of the Messenger of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O son of the Prophet of Allah.

Peace be upon you, O son of Amir al-Mu’minin (the commander of the faithful ones).

Peace be upon you, O son of al-Husayn the shahid (martyr).

Peace be upon you, O shahid.

Peace be upon you, O the wronged and harassed one and son of the wrong and harassed one.

Curse of Allah be on those who killed you.

Curse of Allah be on those who persecuted you.

Curse of Allah be on those who heard this even but rested satisfied.

You should then throw yourself on the tomb, kiss it, and recite:

Peace be upon you, O the saint of Allah and son of the saint of Allah.

Verily terrible was the calamity, and your suffering casts gloom upon us and upon all of Muslims.

So, curse of Allah be on those who killed you, and I disconnect all links with them and turn to Allah and you.

Then you should leave the door at the place of ′Ali ibn al-Husayn’s legs, direct towards the martyrs, and recite:

Peace be upon all of you, O the saints and dears of Allah.

Peace be upon all of you, O the adorers of Allah and the sincerely attached to Him.

Peace be upon all of you, O the helpers of Allah’s religion.

Peace be upon all of you, O the helpers of the Messenger of Allah.

Peace be upon all of you, O the helpers of Amir al-Mu’minin.

Peace be upon all of you, O the helpers of Fatimah the chiefess of the women of this world.

Peace be upon all of you, O the helpers of Abu Muhammad al-Hasan ibn ‘′Ali the sincere, pure, and faithful saint.

Peace be upon all of you, O the helpers of Abu ′Abdullah.

My father and mother be sacrificed for you.

Verily, you were pure; therefore, the land wherein you are buried has been purified. You also attained your end and won great fortune.

Would that we were with you, so that we could also share the accomplishment with you.

Would that we were with you, so that we could also share the accomplishment with you.

You should then return to the place where the head of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him, is buried, supplicate to Allah as much as you can, pray for yourself, your family members, your parents, and your friends, for any prayer in the holy shrine of Imam al-Husayn shall never be rejected or denied.

عن كتاب المزار لابن قولويه قال: استأذنت الإمام الصادق، عليه السلام، لزيارة مولاي الحسين، عليه السلام، وسألته أن يعرّفني ما أعمل عليه، فقال:

يا صفوان؛ صم ثلاثة أيام قبل خروجك واغتسل في اليوم الثالث، ثم اجمع إليك أهلك ثم قل: اللهم إني استودعك... الخ

ثم علمه دعاءً يدعو به إذا أتى الفرات.

ثم قال: ثم اغتسل من الفرات فإن أبي حدثني عن آبائه عليهم السلام قال: قال رسول الله، صلى الله عليه وآله:

إن ابني هذا (الحسين عليه السلام) يقتل بعدي على شاطئ الفرات، ومن اغتسل من الفرات تساقطت خطاياه كهيئة يوم ولدته أمه.

فإذا اغتسلت فقل في غسلك:

"بسمِ اللهِ، وباللهِ، اللّهمَّ اجعلهُ نوراً وطَهوراً وحِرزاً وشِفاءً من كُلِّ داءٍ وسقمٍ وآفَةٍ وعاهةٍ. اللّهمَّ طهِّر بهِ قلبي واشرحْ به صَدري وسهِّل به أمري."

فإذا فرغت من غسلك فالبس ثوبين وصلِّ ركعتين خارج المشرعة، وهو المكان الذي قال الله تعالى عنه:

"وَفِي الْأَرْضِ قِطَعٌ مُتَجَاوِرَاتٌ وَجَنَّاتٌ مِنْ أَعْنَابٍ وَزَرْعٌ وَنَخِيلٌ صِنْوَانٌ وَغَيْرُ صِنْوَانٍ يُسْقَى بِمَاءٍ وَاحِدٍ وَنُفَضِّلُ بَعْضَهَا عَلَى بَعْضٍ فِي الْأُكُلِ." (الرعد/4).

فإذا فرغت من صلاتك فتوجه نحو الحائر وعليك السكينة والوقار، وقصر خطاك فإن الله تعالى يكتب لك بكل خطوة حجة وعمرة، وصر خاشعاً قلبك باكية عينك، وأكثر من التكبير والتهليل والثناء على الله عز وجل والصلاة على نبيه، صلى الله عليه وآله، والصلاة على الحسين، عليه السلام، خاصة ولعن من قتله والبراءة ممن أسس ذلك عليه. فإذا أتيت باب الحائر فقف وقل:

اللهُ أكبرُ كبيراً والحمدُ للهِ كثيراً وسُبحانَ اللهِ بُكرةً وأصيلاً. الحمدُ للهِ الذي هَدانا لهذا وما كُنّا لِنهتديَ لولا أنْ هدانا اللهُ، لقَد جاءتْ رسلُ ربِّنا بالحقِّ.

ثم قل:

السلامُ عليكَ يا رسولَ اللهِ، السلامُ عليكَ يا نبيَّ اللهِ، السلامُ عليكَ يا خاتمَ النبيّينَ، السلامُ عليكَ يا سيّدَ المرسَلينَ،

السلامُ عليكَ يا حبيبَ اللهِ. السلامُ عليكَ يا أميرَ المؤمنينَ، السلامُ عليكَ يا سيّدَ الوصييّنَ،

السلامُ عليكَ يا قائدَ الغُرّ المحَجّلينَ.

السلامُ عليكَ يا بنَ فاطِمةُ سيّدةَ نساءِ العالمينَ.

السلامُ عليكَ وعلى الأئمّةِ من ولدِك.

السلامُ عليكَ يا وصيَّ أميرِ المؤمنينَ.

السلامُ عليكَ أيّها الصّدّيقُ الشهيدُ.

السلامُ عليكم يا ملائكَةَ اللهِ المقيمينَ في هذا المقامِ الشريفِ،

السلامُ عليكم يا ملائكةَ ربي المحدِقينَ بقَبرِ الحسينِ عليهِ السلامُ.

السلامُ عليكم منيّ أبداً ما بقيتُ وبقيَ الليلُ والنهارُ.

ثم تقول:

السلامُ عليكَ يا أبا عبدِ اللهِ، السلامُ عليكَ يا بنَ رسولِ اللهِ،

السلامُ عليكَ يا بنَ أميرِ المؤمنينَ.

عبدُكَ وابنُ عبدِكَ وابنُ أَمَتِكَ المُقِرُّ بالرِّقِّ والتارِكُ للخلافِ عليكم المُوالي لِوليّكُم والمُعادي لِعدوِّكم قَصَدَ حَرَمَكَ واستجارَ بمَشهدِكَ وتقرَّبَ إليكَ بقَصدِكَ.

أأدخُلُ يا رسولَ اللهِ،

أأدخلُ يا نبيَّ اللهِ،

أأدخلُ يا أميرَ المؤمنينَ، أأدخلُ يا سيّدَ الوصيينَ، أأدخلُ يا فاطمةُ سيدةَ نساءِ العالمينَ،

أأدخلُ يا مولايَ يا أبا عبدِ اللهِ،

أأدخلُ يا مولايَ يا بنَ رسولِ اللهِ.

فإن خشع قلبك ودمع عينك فهو علامة الإذن. ثم ادخل وقل:

الحمدُ للهِ الواحدِ الأحدِ الفردِ الصمدِ الذي هَداني لولايتِكَ وخَصّني بزِيارتِك وسهَّلَ لي قصدَكَ.

ثم ائتِ باب القبة وقف من حيث يلي الرأس، وقل:

السَّلام عَلَيْك يا وارِثَ آدَمَ صَِفْوَةِ اللهِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْك يا وارِثَ نُوحٍ نَبِيِّ اللهِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْك ياوارِثَ اِبْراهيمَ خَليلِ اللهِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْكَ يا وارِثَ مُوسىٰ كَليم الله،

السَّلام عَلَيْك يا وارِثَ عيسىٰ رُوحِ اللهِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْك يا وارِثَ مُحَمَّدٍ حَبيبِ اللهِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْك يا وارِث أَمير ِالْمُؤْمِنين عَلَيْه السَّلامُ وَلِيِّ اللهِ.

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْن مُحَمَّدٍ الْمُصْطَفىٰ،

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْن عَلِيٍّ الْمُرْتَضىٰ،

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْن فاطِمَةَ الزَّهْرآءِ،

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْنَ خَديجَةَ الْكُبْرىٰ،

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يا ثَارَ اللهِ وَابْن ثارِهِ والْوِتْرَ الْمَوْتُورَ.

اَشْهَدُ اَنَّكَ قَدْ اَقَمْتَ الصَّلاةَ وَآتَيْتَ الزَّكاةَ وَاَمَرْتَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَنَهَيْتَ عَن المُنْكَرِ وَاَطَعْتَ اللهَ وَرَسُولَهُ حَتى اَتاكَ الْيَقينُ.

فَلَعَن اللهُ اُمَّةً قَتَلَتْكَ وَلَعَن اللهُ اُمَّةً ظَلَمَتْكَ وَلَعَن اللهُ اُمَّةً سَمِعَتْ بِذلِكَ فَرَضِيَتْ بِهِ.

يا مَوْلايَ يا اَبا عَبْدِ اللهِ؛ اَشْهَدُ اَنَّكَ كُنْتَ نُوراً فِي الأصْلابِ الشّامِخَةِ وَالأرْحامِ الْمُطَهَّرَةِ، لَمْ تُنَجِّسْكَ الْجاهِلِيَّةُ بِأَنْجاسِها وَلَمْ تُلْبِسْكَ مِن مُدْلَهِمّاتِ ثِيابِها.

وَاَشْهَدُ اَنَّكَ مِن دَعآئِمِ الدّين وَاَرْكان الْمُؤْمِنينَ.

وَاَشْهَدُ اَنَّكَ الإِمام الْبَرُّ التَّقِيُّ الرَّضِيُّ الزَّكِيُّ الْهادِي المَهْدِيُّ،

وَاَشْهَدُ اَن الاْئِمَّةَ مِن وِلْدِكَ كَلِمَةُ التَّقْوىٰ وَاَعْلامُ الْهُدىٰ وَالْعُرْوَةُ الْوُثْقىٰ وَالْحُجَّةُ عَلى اَهْلِ الدُّنْيا.

وَاُشْهِدُ اللهَ وَمَلائِكَتَهُ وَاَنْبِيآءَهُ وَرُسُلَهُ اَنِّي بِكُم مُؤْمِن وِبِاِيابِكُمْ مُوْقِن بِشَرائِعِ ديني وَخَواتيمِ عَمَلي، وَقَلْبي لِقَلْبِكُم سِلْمٌ وَاَمْري لأِمْرِكُم مَتَّبِعٌ.

صَلَواتُ اللهِ عَلَيْكُم وَعَلى اَرْواحِكُم وَعَلى اَجْسادِكُم وَعَلى اَجْسامِكُم وَعَلى شاهِدِكُم وَعَلى غائِبِكُم وَعَلى ظاهِرِكُم وَعَلى باطِنِكُم.

ثمّ انكبّ على القبر وقّبِّله وقُل:

بِاَبي اَنْت وَاُمّي يَا بْن رَسُولِ الله،

بِاَبي اَنْت وَاُمّي يا اَبا عَبْدِ الله،

لَقَدْ عَظُمَتِ الرَّزِيَّة وَجَلَّت الْمُصيبَة بِك عَلَيْنا وَعَلى جَميع اَهْلِ السَّماوات ِوَالاْرْضِ.

فَلَعَن الله اُمَّةً اَسْرَجَتْ وَاَلْجَمَتْ وَتَهَيَّاَتْ لِقِتالِك.

يا مَوْلاي يا اَبا عَبْدِ الله؛ قَصَدْتُ حَرَمَك وَاَتَيْت اِلى مَشْهَدِك اَسْأَلُ الله بِالشَّأْن الَّذي لَك عِنْدَه وَبِالْمَحَلِّ الَّذي لَك لَدَيْه اَنْ يُصَلِّيَ عَلى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَاَنْ يَجْعَلَني مَعَكُم فِي الدُّنْيا وَالآْخِرَة.

ثم قم فصلِّ ركعتين عند الرأس؛ اقرأ فيهما ما أحببت فإذا فرغت من صلاتك فقل:

اَللّهُمَّ اِنّي صَلَّيْتُ وَرَكَعْتُ وَسَجَدْتُ لَك وَحْدَك لا شَريكَ لَكَ، لأِنَّ الصَّلاة وَالرُّكُوعَ وَالسُّجُودَ لا يَكُونُ إِلاّ لَكَ، لأِنَّكَ اَنْت اللهُ لا إِلهَ إِلاّ اَنْتَ.

اَللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَاَبْلِغْهُم عَنّي اَفْضَلَ السَّلامِ وَالتَّحِيَّةِ وَارْدُدْ عَلَيّ مِنْهُم السَّلامَ.

اَللّهُمَّ وَهاتانِ الرَّكْعَتانِ هَدِيَّةٌ مِنّي اِلى مَوْلايَ الْحُسَيْنِ بْن عَلِيٍّ عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلام.

اَللّهُم صَلِّ عَلى مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَيْه وَتَقَبَّلْ مِنّي وَاْجُرْني عَلى ذلِكَ بِاَفْضَلِ اَمَلي وَرَجآئي فيك وَفي وَلِيِّك يا وَلِي الْمُؤْمِنين.

ثم قم وصر إلى عند رجلي القبر وقف عند رأس علي بن الحسين، عليهما السلام، وقل:

اَلسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بْن رَسُولِ الله،

السَّلام عَلَيْك يَا بْن نَبِي الله،

السَّلام عَلَيْك يَا بْن أمير الْمُؤْمِنينَ،

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بْنَ الْحُسَيْنِ الشَّهيدِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْك اَيُّهَا الشَّهيدُ،

السَّلام عَلَيْك اَيُّهَا الْمَظْلُومُ وَابْنَ الْمَظْلُومِ.

لَعَنَ اللهُ اُمَّةً قَتَلَتْك،

وَلَعَنَ اللهُ اُمَّةً ظَلَمَتْكَ،

وَلَعَنَ اللهُ اُمَّةً سَمِعَتْ بِذَلِك فَرَضِيَت بِه.

ثمّ انكبّ على القبر وقبّله وقل:

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يا وَلِيَّ اللهِ وَابْنَ وَلِيِّهِ.

لَقَدْ عَظُمَتِ الْمُصِيْبَةُ وَجَلَّتِ الرَّزِيَّةُ بِكَ عَلَيْنا وَعَلى جَميع الْمُسْلِمِينَ،

فَلَعَن الله اُمَّة قَتَلَتْكَ،

وَاَبْرَأُ اِلَى الله وَاِلَيْك مِنْهُمْ.

ثم اخرج من الباب الذي عند رجلي علي بن الحسين، عليهما السلام، ثم توجه إلى الشهداء وقل:

السَّلام عَلَيْكُم يا اَوْلِيآءَ الله وَاَحِبّآءَهُ،

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكُم يا اَصْفِيآء اللهِ وَاَوِدّآءَهُ،

السَّلام عَلَيْكُم يا اَنْصارُ دينِ اللهِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْكُم يا اَنْصارَ رَسُولِ اللهِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْكُم يا اَنْصارَ أمير الْمُؤْمِنينَ،

السَّلام عَلَيْكُم يا اَنْصارَ فاطِمَةَ سَيِّدَةِ نِسآءِ الْعالَمينَ،

السَّلام عَلَيْكُم يا اَنْصار اَبي مُحَمَّدٍ الْحَسَنِ بْن عَلِيٍّ الْوَلِيِّ الزَّكِيِّ النَاصِحِ،

السَّلام عَلَيْكُم يا اَنْصار اَبي عَبْدِ اللهِ.

بِأبي اَنْتُم وَاُمّي؛

طِبْتُم وَطابَت الأْرْضُ الّتي فيها دُفِنْتُمْ وَفُزْتُم فَوْزاً عَظيماً.

فَيا لَيْتَني كُنْت مَعَكُم فَاَفُوزَ مَعَكُمْ.

فَيالَيْتَني كُنْت مَعَكُم فَاَفُوز مَعَكُمْ.

ثم عد إلى عند رأس الحسين، عليه السلام، وأكثر من الدعاء لك ولأهلك ولوالديك ولإخوانك، فإن مشهده لا تردُّ فيه دعوةُ داعٍ ولا سؤال سائلٍ.

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