This ziyarah (or visitation) is unique in its way of narration and speaks of the incredible status of the Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them) in the eyes of God.`Allamah al-Majlisi, says this form of ziyarah is considered the most sublime comprehensive forms in text, chain of authority, eloquence, and lucidity.In his commentary on Man-la-Yahduruhul-Faqih,
`Allamah al-Majlisi’s father has mentioned that this form of ziyarah is the most excellent and most perfect form and that as long as he would be in a shrine of any of the Holy Imams (peace be upon them), he would say no other form than this one.
This ziyarah has been reported by Shaykh al-Saduq in his two books of Man-la-Yahduruhul-Faqih and `Uyun Akhbar al-Rida as follows: Musa ibn `Abdullah al-Nakha`i is reported to have asked Imam `Ali al-Naqi al-Hadi (peace be upon him), saying, “O son of Allah’s Messenger! Please teach me a comprehensively eloquent ziarat that I may say whenever I visit any of you (i.e. the Holy Imams).”
The Imam (peace be upon him) therefore instructed the following:
When you arrive at the gate (of a holy shrine), after you have taken Ghusl, you may stop and say:
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ
ashhadu an la ilaha illa allahu
I bear witness that there is no god save Allah,
وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ
wahdahu la sharika lahu
One and Only and having no partner;
وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً
wa ashhadu anna muhammadan
and I bear witness that Muhammad,
صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ
salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi
may Allah send blessings upon him and his Household,
`abduhu wa rasuluhu
is His servant and messenger.
As you enter the shrine and catch sight of the tomb, you may stop again and repeat the following statement thirty times:
Allah is the Most Great.
Very serene and venerable, you should walk a few yards with slow steps and then stop anew and repeat the same statement thirty times again.
As you come within reach of the tomb, you should repeat the same statement forty times so that you would have said it one hundred times.