Great Ziyarat of Imam Husain (as)


Below is an authentic Ziyarah of Imam Husain (as):

عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ يَحْيَى عَنْ جَدِّهِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ رَاشِدٍ عَنِ الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ ثُوَيْرٍ قَالَ كُنْتُ أَنَا وَ يُونُسُ بْنُ ظَبْيَانَ وَ الْمُفَضَّلُ بْنُ عُمَرَ وَ أَبُو سَلَمَةَ السَّرَّاجُ جُلُوساً عِنْدَ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع وَ كَانَ الْمُتَكَلِّمُ مِنَّا يُونُسَ وَ كَانَ أَكْبَرَنَا سِنّاً فَقَالَ لَهُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ إِنِّي أَحْضُرُ مَجْلِسَ هَؤُلَاءِ الْقَوْمِ يَعْنِي وُلْدَ الْعَبَّاسِ فَمَا أَقُولُ فَقَالَ إِذَا حَضَرْتَ فَذَكَرْتَنَا فَقُلِ اللَّهُمَّ أَرِنَا الرَّخَاءَ وَ السُّرُورَ فَإِنَّكَ تَأْتِي عَلَى مَا تُرِيدُ فَقُلْتُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ إِنِّي كَثِيراً مَا أَذْكُرُ الْحُسَيْنَ ع فَأَيَّ شَيْ‏ءٍ أَقُولُ فَقَالَ قُلْ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ يَا أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ تُعِيدُ ذَلِكَ ثَلَاثاً فَإِنَّ السَّلَامَ يَصِلُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ قَرِيبٍ وَ مِنْ بَعِيدٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ إِنَّ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْحُسَيْنَ ع لَمَّا قَضَى بَكَتْ عَلَيْهِ السَّمَاوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَ الْأَرَضُونَ السَّبْعُ وَ مَا فِيهِنَّ وَ مَا بَيْنَهُنَّ وَ مَنْ يَنْقَلِبُ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ النَّارِ مِنْ خَلْقِ رَبِّنَا وَ مَا يُرَى وَ مَا لَا يُرَى‏ بَكَى عَلَى أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْحُسَيْنِ ع إِلَّا ثَلَاثَةَ أَشْيَاءَ لَمْ تَبْكِ عَلَيْهِ قُلْتُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ وَ مَا هَذِهِ الثَّلَاثَةُ الْأَشْيَاءِ قَالَ لَمْ تَبْكِ عَلَيْهِ الْبَصْرَةُ وَ لَا دِمَشْقُ وَ لَا آلُ عُثْمَانَ عَلَيْهِمْ لَعْنَةُ اللَّهِ قُلْتُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ إِنِّي أُرِيدُ أَنْ أَزُورَهُ فَكَيْفَ أَقُولُ وَ كَيْفَ أَصْنَعُ قَالَ إِذَا أَتَيْتَ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع فَاغْتَسِلْ عَلَى شَاطِئِ الْفُرَاتِ ثُمَّ الْبَسْ ثِيَابَكَ الطَّاهِرَةَ ثُمَّ امْشِ حَافِياً فَإِنَّكَ فِي حَرَمٍ مِنْ حَرَمِ اللَّهِ وَ حَرَمِ رَسُولِهِ وَ عَلَيْكَ بِالتَّكْبِيرِ وَ التَّهْلِيلِ وَ التَّسْبِيحِ وَ التَّحْمِيدِ وَ التَّعْظِيمِ لِلَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ كَثِيراً وَ الصَّلَاةِ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ حَتَّى تَصِيرَ إِلَى بَابِ الْحَيْرِ ثُمَّ تَقُولُ

Yunus bin Zibyan asked Imam Sadiq (as):

“May I be sacrificed on you, what should I say when I attend gatherings of Bani Abbas?”

Imam (as) replied, “When you attend their gatherings, extol us and then say, ‘O Allah, grant us ease and pleasure.’ Indeed if you do this, you will see that which you want.”

I asked, “May I be sacrificed on you, how should I remember Imam Husain (as) more? What should I say?”

Imam (as) replied, “You should repeat three times, “Peace be upon You, Abu Abdillah (as). Indeed salutations reached Imam Husain (as) from near and far.”

Indeed when Imam Husain (as) passed away, the seven heavens, the seven earths, everything within them, everything between them, everyone who moves in Paradise and in Hell from among the creation of our Lord and everything which can be seen and everything which cannot be seen, cried over Abi Abdilah (as) except for three things.

I asked, “May I be sacrificed on You, what are those three things?”

Imam (as) replied, “Basra, Damascus and the family of Uthman. Curse of Allah be upon them all”

I asked, “May I be sacrificed on You, I want to go to the Ziyarat of Imam Husain (as). How should I perform the Ziyarat and what should I recite?”

Imam (as) said, “When you go to the Ziyarat of Imam Husain (as), perform a Ghusl on the banks of Euphrates and wear your most purified clothes. Then walk barefoot because you are walking in one of the sanctuaries of Allah (swt) and his Messenger (saww). You should recite Takbir and Tahlil and Tasbeeh and Tahmeed exceedingly and glorify and sanctify Allah (swt) more. Invoke blessings on Muhammad (saww) and his Family (as) until you arrive at the door of the Holy Shrine.

Then recite the following:

السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ اللَّهِ وَ ابْنَ حُجَّتِهِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ يَا مَلَائِكَةَ اللَّهِ وَ زُوَّارَ قَبْرِ ابْنِ نَبِيِّ اللَّهِ

“Peace be upon You, O Proof of Allah and son of His Proof. Peace be on You, O Allah’s angels who visit the grave of the son of the Prophet of Allah.”

“Then take ten steps, stop and say ‘Allahu Akbar’ thirty times. Then walk towards the grave from the direction of the face. Stand with your face towards his face and your back towards Qibla and recite:

السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ اللَّهِ وَ ابْنَ حُجَّتِهِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا قَتِيلَ اللَّهِ وَ ابْنَ قَتِيلِهِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ثَارَ اللَّهِ وَ ابْنَ ثَارِهِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَتْرَ اللَّهِ الْمَوْتُورَ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَ الْأَرْضِ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ دَمَكَ سَكَنَ فِي الْخُلْدِ وَ اقْشَعَرَّتْ لَهُ أَظِلَّةُ الْعَرْشِ وَ بَكَى لَهُ جَمِيعُ الْخَلَائِقِ وَ بَكَتْ لَهُ السَّمَاوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَ الْأَرَضُونَ السَّبْعُ وَ مَا فِيهِنَّ وَ مَا بَيْنَهُنَّ وَ مَنْ يَتَقَلَّبُ فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ النَّارِ مِنْ خَلْقِ رَبِّنَا وَ مَا يُرَى وَ مَا لَا يُرَى أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ حُجَّةُ اللَّهِ وَ ابْنُ حُجَّتِهِ وَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ قَتِيلُ اللَّهِ وَ ابْنُ قَتِيلِهِ وَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ ثَائِرُ اللَّهِ وَ ابْنُ ثَائِرِهِ وَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ وَتْرُ اللَّهِ الْمَوْتُورُ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَ الْأَرْضِ وَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ قَدْ بَلَّغْتَ وَ نَصَحْتَ وَ وَفَيْتَ وَ أَوْفَيْتَ وَ جَاهَدْتَ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَ مَضَيْتَ لِلَّذِي كُنْتَ عَلَيْهِ شَهِيداً وَ مُسْتَشْهَداً وَ شَاهِداً وَ مَشْهُوداً أَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ وَ مَوْلَاكَ وَ فِي طَاعَتِكَ وَ الْوَافِدُ إِلَيْكَ أَلْتَمِسُ كَمَالَ الْمَنْزِلَةِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ وَ ثَبَاتَ الْقَدَمِ فِي الْهِجْرَةِ إِلَيْكَ وَ السَّبِيلَ الَّذِي لَا يُخْتَلَجُ دُونَكَ مِنَ الدُّخُولِ فِي كَفَالَتِكَ الَّتِي أُمِرْتَ بِهَا مَنْ أَرَادَ اللَّهَ بَدَأَ بِكُمْ بِكُمْ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ الْكَذِبَ وَ بِكُمْ يُبَاعِدُ اللَّهُ الزَّمَانَ الْكَلِبَ وَ بِكُمْ فَتَحَ اللَّهُ وَ بِكُمْ يَخْتِمُ اللَّهُ وَ بِكُمْ يَمْحُو مَا يَشَاءُ وَ بِكُمْ يُثْبِتُ وَ بِكُمْ يَفُكُّ الذُّلَّ مِنْ رِقَابِنَا وَ بِكُمْ يُدْرِكُ اللَّهُ تِرَةَ كُلِّ مُؤْمِنٍ يُطْلَبُ بِهَا وَ بِكُمْ تُنْبِتُ الْأَرْضُ أَشْجَارَهَا وَ بِكُمْ تُخْرِجُ الْأَشْجَارُ أَثْمَارَهَا وَ بِكُمْ تُنْزِلُ السَّمَاءُ قَطْرَهَا وَ رِزْقَهَا وَ بِكُمْ يَكْشِفُ اللَّهُ الْكَرْبَ وَ بِكُمْ يُنَزِّلُ اللَّهُ الْغَيْثَ وَ بِكُمْ تَسِيخُ الْأَرْضُ الَّتِي تَحْمِلُ أَبْدَانَكُمْ وَ تَسْتَقِرُّ جِبَالُهَا عَنْ مَرَاسِيهَا إِرَادَةُ الرَّبِّ فِي مَقَادِيرِ أُمُورِهِ تَهْبِطُ إِلَيْكُمْ وَ تَصْدُرُ مِنْ بُيُوتِكُمْ وَ الصَّادِرُ عَمَّا فَصَلَ مِنْ أَحْكَامِ الْعِبَادِ لُعِنَتْ أُمَّةٌ قَتَلَتْكُمْ وَ أُمَّةٌ خَالَفَتْكُمْ وَ أُمَّةٌ جَحَدَتْ وَلَايَتَكُمْ وَ أُمَّةٌ ظَاهَرَتْ عَلَيْكُمْ وَ أُمَّةٌ شَهِدَتْ وَ لَمْ تُسْتَشْهَدْ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي جَعَلَ النَّارَ مَثْوَاهُمْ وَ بِئْسَ وِرْدُ الْوَارِدِينَ وَ بِئْسَ الْوِرْدُ الْمَوْرُودُ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ

“Peace be upon You, O Proof of Allah and son of His Proof. Peace be upon You, O the slain one of Allah and the son of His slain one. Peace be on You, O one whose avenger is Allah and the son of the one whose avenger is Allah. Peace be on You, O Allah’s un-avenged one in the heavens and the earth, whose revenge is yet to be taken by Allah. I bear witness that Your blood has lived in eternal paradise, the bearers of the throne trembled because of it and all the creation has wept on it. That the seven heavens, the seven earths, that which is on them and that which is between them, and all the creation of our Lord who move in Paradise and in Hell from among that which can be seen and that which cannot be seen, cried over Your blood.”

“I bear witness that You are Allah’s Proof and the son of His Proof. I bear witness that You are the slain one of Allah and son of His slain one. I bear witness that You are the one whose avenger is Allah and the son of the one whose avenger is Allah on earth. I bear witness that You are Allah’s un-avenged one in the heavens and the earth whose revenge is yet to be taken by Allah. I bear witness that You advised the people and announced Allah’s messages. You were devoted and faithful to Allah and You fought in the way of your Lord. I bear witness that You died with insight in the same way as You lived – as a martyr who desired martyrdom and as the witness who was witnessed.”

“I am the slave of Allah and your servant who is at your service. I have come to you as a guest to beg for the perfection of my position with Allah and to keep my steps steady in following your way and to beg for the path which does not prevent those who follow it from receiving an assurance from you; an assurance which Allah has ordered you to give. Those who seek Allah, begin with you. Those who seek Allah begin with you. Those who seek Allah begin with you. Allah exposed the lies through you and He keeps the times of affliction away from us through you. Allah started His creation with you and He shall end it with you. And Allah cancels or confirms that which He pleases through you. Allah removes disgrace from us through you and He shall avenge the un-avenged blood of the believers through you. The trees in the earth grow through you and they become fruitful through you. And the skies rain and send down sustenance through you. Allah removes the anguish thorough you and He rains mercy through you. The earth which carries your bodies glorifies Allah through you and it through you that mountains are fixed firmly in the earth. The will of Allah with regard to His destines affairs descends to you and is issues from your houses. In the same way, true and detailed rulings, which govern the people, are issued from your houses.”

“Cursed are those who killed you, those who opposed you, those who denied your divine authority, those who supported one another against you, and those who were present but were not martyred with you. Praise be to Allah who made Hell their final destination. What a terrible abode Hell is and what an evil dwelling their dwelling is. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.”

Then repeat three times:

صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ يَا أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ أَنَا إِلَى اللَّهِ مِمَّنْ خَالَفَكَ بَرِي‏ءٌ

“Allah’s blessings be on you, O Aba Abdillah (as). I seek Allah’s proximity by being aloof from those who opposed you.”

Then move towards the grave of his son, Ali, who is located besides the feet of Imam Husain (as) and recite:

السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْنَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْنَ عَلِيٍّ أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْنَ الْحَسَنِ وَ الْحُسَيْنِ السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابْنَ خَدِيجَةَ وَ فَاطِمَةَ

“Pease be on you, O son of Allah’s messenger (saww). Peace be on you, O son of Amir Al Momieen (as). Peace be on you, O son of Hasan (as) and Husain (as). Peace be on you, O son of Khadija (sa) and Fatema (sa).”

 Then repeat three times:

صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ لَعَنَ اللَّهُ مَنْ قَتَلَكَ أَنَا إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْهُمْ بَرِي‏ءٌ

“Allah’s blessings be on you. Allah’s curse be on those who killed you. I seek Allah’s proximity by being aloof from them.”

Then stand up and point to the martyrs, repeating three times:

السَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ فُزْتُمْ وَ اللَّهِ

“Peace be on you, I swear by Allah that you have succeeded.”

Then recite:

فَلَيْتَ أَنِّي مَعَكُمْ فَأَفُوزَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً

“I wish I was among you to achieve a great victory.”

“Then go around the grave and stand behind the grave of Imam Husain (as) and perform six Rakat prayers facing the grave.

By doing this your Ziyarat is complete. You can choose to stay there or leave if you want.”

[Source: Al Kafi, Vol.4 Pg.575 & Kamil Al Ziyarat Pg.198]

Narrators are  Trustworthy, Hadees is Saheeh (Authentic)

أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ - Imami, Trustworthy

الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ يَحْيَى – Imami, Weak as per Ibn Gazairi, But Trustworthy as per study by Khoi. See Mojam Rijal Al Hadees Vol.14 Pg.65

 جَدِّهِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ رَاشِد-  Imami, Weak as per Ibn Gazairi, But Trustworthy as per study by Khoi. See Mojam Rijal Al Hadees Vol.4 Pg. 323-324

 الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ ثُوَيْرٍ – Imami, Trustworthy.