Imam al-Ridha (ع)

حدثنا أبو علي محمد بن أحمد بن محمد بن يحيى المعاذي النيسابوري قال: حدثنا أبو الحسن علي بن أحمد بن علي البصري المعدل قال: رأى رجل من الصالحين فيما يرى النائم رسول الله (ص) فقال: يا رسول الله من أزور من اولادك؟ فقال: إن من أولادي من اتاني مسموما وإن من أولادي من أتاني مقتولا، قال: فقلت له فمن أزور منهم يا رسول الله مع تشتت مشاهدهم أو قال أماكنهم؟ قال: من هو أقرب منك يعني بالمجاورة وهو مدفون بأرض الغربة قال: فقلت يا رسول الله تعني الرضا عليه السلام؟ فقال (ص): قل: صلى الله عليه قل صلى الله عليه ثلاثا

A good person (صالح) saw the Prophet (ص) in his dream. He asked the Prophet (ص) , "O Prophet (ص) Which one from your offspring should I go to visit?"

The Prophet (ص) said، "A few of my descendants who have come to me have been poisoned & a few of my offspring who have come to me have been killed"

Then he asked the Prophet (ص), "O Prophet! Given the great distances between their shrines (or locations), which one of them shall I visit?"

The Prophet (ص) said, "Visit the one who is closest to you - that is whom you are near to and is buried in the land of loneliness."

Then he asked the Prophet (ص), "O Prophet (ص)! Do you mean Ar-Ridha (ع)"?

The Prophet (ص) said, "Say: Allah's Blessings be upon him. Say: Allah's Blessings be upon him. Say: Allah's Blessings be upon him ... three times"

[Note: The last statement of the Prophet indicates that we should say "Blessings be upon him" when taking the name of the Imam's (ع)

[Source: Uyoon al-Akhbar al-Redha, Chapter. 69, Hadith. 5]


عن أبي عبد الله الصادق (ع): يقتل حفدتي بأرض خراسان في مدينة يقال لها طوس، من زاره إليها عارفا بحقه أخذته بيدي يوم القيامة وأدخلته الجنة وإن كان من أهل الكبائر، قلت: جعلت فداك, وما عرفان حقه؟ قال: يعلم أنه مفترض الطاعة غريب شهيد، من زاره عارفا بحقه أعطاه الله عز وجل أجر سبعين شهيدا ممن استشهد بين يدي رسول الله (ص) على حقيقة.

Narrated that Imam Sadiq (ع) said,

"My grandson will be killed on the land of Khurasan in the city called Toos. Whoever visits Him (goes for Ziyarat) there recognizing His rights, I will take him by his hand on the day of Judgement and make him enter heaven even if he has committed greater sins."

The narrator said, "May I be sacrificed for You, what is the recognition of His rights?"

Imams (ع) replied, "Knowing that His obedience is obligatory and that He is away from His hometown (Ghareeb) and a Martyr. Whoever goes for His Ziyarat recognizing His rights, Allah (عز و جل) will give him rewards of 70 martyrs who were killed under the command of the Prophet (ص)."

[Source: al-Amali, Shaikh Sadooq, Pg. 183]


حَدَّثَنا عَلِيٍّ بن أَحمَد بن مُحَمَّد بن عمران الدَّقاق ومُحَمَّدبن أَحمَد السناني وعَلِيٍّ بن عَبدُ اللَّه الوَرَّاقِ والحُسَين بن إِبراهِيم بن هِشام المكتب رضي الله عنهم قالوا حَدَّثَنا مُحَمَّد بن أبي عَبدُ اللَّه الكوفي الأسدي عَن أَحمَد بن مُحَمَّد بن صالح الرازي عَن حمدان الديواني قالَ قالَ الرِّضا عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ مَنْ زَارَنِي عَلَى بُعْدِ دَارِي أَتَيْتُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ فِي ثَلاثَةِ مَوَاطِنَ حَتَّى أُخَلِّصَهُ مِنْ أَهْوَالِهَا إِذَا تَطَايَرَتِ الْكُتُبُ يَمِيناً وَشِمَالاً وَعِنْدَ الصِّرَاطِ وَعِنْدَ الْمِيزَانِ

Narrated that Imam al-Ridha (ع) said,

“Whoever visits me despite the far distance to my tomb, I will come to him on the day of Judgement on three occasions until I liberate him from its terrors:

1- When the Letters of Deeds are handed to either the right hand or left hand,

2- At the moment of crossing the bridge over Hell (Serat), and

3- At the time when the Scale of Deeds (i.e. Mizaan, measuring the amount of good vs. bad deeds) is set up.”

[Source: Uyun akhbar al-Ridha, Shaikh Sadooq, Vol. 2, Ch, 36, Hadith. 2]


عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ مَهْزِيَارَ قَالَ: قُلْتُ لِأَبِي جَعْفَرٍ ع جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ زِيَارَةُ الرِّضَا ع أَفْضَلُ أَمْ زِيَارَةُ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْحُسَيْنِ ع فَقَالَ زِيَارَةُ أَبِي أَفْضَلُ وَ ذَلِكَ أَنَّ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع يَزُورُهُ كُلُّ النَّاسِ وَ أَبِي لَا يَزُورُهُ إِلَّا الْخَوَاصُّ مِنَ الشِّيعَةِ

Narrated that Ali bin Mahziyar said, I asked Abu Jafar Imam Taqi (ع),

"May I be sacrificed for You, Is the Ziyarat of al-Ridha (ع) superior (Afdhal) or the Ziyarat of Abu Abdullah al-Husain (ع)?"

Imam (ع) replied, "The pilgrimage to my father (al-Ridha ع) is superior, because all the people go to Ziyarat of Aba Abdullah al-Husain (ع), while none go to the Ziyarat of My Father al-Ridha (ع) except the special ones of the Shiites."

[Source: al-Kafi, Vol. 4, Pg. 584]