Imam Ali Ibn Musa Ar Reza (as)

Father Imam Mousa al-Kadhim (as) seventh Imam  Mother: Al Khayzran  Kunniyat (Patronymic): Abu al-Hasan 

Laqab (Title): Al-Rida   Birth:  at Madina 11 Zilqad 148 A.H. 

Martyrdom: He was poisoned 17 /29 Safar 203 A.H. and is buried in Mashad Khurasan district of Iran.

 

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I bear witness that there is no God save Allah, the One; and there is no partner to share with Him.

I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger, verily, he is the lord of the ancients and the moderns, verily, he is the head of the Prophets and the Messengers.

O Allah send blessing on Muhammad, Thy servant, Thy Messenger and Thy Prophet, the chief of all that has been created by Thee, blessings which no one is able to measure other than Thee.

O Allah send blessings on the Ameer ul Moomineen, Ali ibna Abi Talib, Thy servant, the brother of Thy Messenger, whom Thou elected to have Thy Knowledge, made him a guide to show the right path to those of Thy servants who want to be led aright, an evident proof for those who pay careful attention to Thy Message, he managed the affairs of the religion according to Thy system of justice, made application of Thy commands to settle the issues which cropped up among the people, and let Thy will and command rule supreme in all matters; peace be on him, also mercy and blessings of Allah.

O Allah send blessings on Fatimah, the daughter of Thy Prophet, the wife of Thy friend, the mother of the two sons, Hasan and Husayn, the prime leaders of the people of Paradise, she is pure, purified, pious content, wise leader of all the women of the Paradise,
blessings which no one is able to measure other than Thee.

O Allah send blessings on Hasan and Husayn, the two sons of Thy Prophet, the prime leaders of the people of Paradise, Thy established authority among the people, Thy two evident proofs for those who pay careful attention to Thy Message, who managed the affairs of the religion according to Thy system of justice, and made application of Thy commands to settle the issues which cropped up among the people.

O Allah send blessings on Ali bin Husayn, Thy servant, Thy established authority among the people, Thy evident proof for those who pay careful attention to Thy Message, who managed the affairs of the religion according to Thy system of justice, and made application of Thy commands to settle the issues which cropped up among the people, the lord among Thy adorers.

O Allah send blessings on Muhammad bin Ali, Thy servant, Thy representative in the earth, the deeply versed in the knowledge of Prophets. O Allah send blessings on Jaa'-far bin Muhammad, the truthful, Thy servant, the defender of Thy religion, Thy decisive argument over the mankind, the truthful, the just.

O Allah send blessings on Moosa bin Jaa'-far, Thy upright servant, Thy approved spokesman among Thy people, Thy decisive argument over the mankind.

O Allah send blessings on Ali bin Moosa who please Thee most, the chosen, Thy servant, the defender of Thy religion, rightly and justly established by Thee as an authority who made earnest presentation of arguments to promote Thy religion which is the religion of his truthful ancestors, blessings which no one is able to measure other than Thee.

O Allah send blessings on Muhammad bin Ali, Thy servant, Thy chosen representative, appointed by Thy command, who invited people Thy path.

O Allah send blessings on Ali bin Muhammad, Thy servant, the defender of Thy religion.

O Allah send blessings on Hasan bin Ali who put Thy system into practice, the established authority among the people, Thy demonstrator who carried out the mission of Thy Prophet, Thy witness over the mankind, distinguished with Thy excellence, who reminded people to obey Thee and Thy Messenger. Thy blessings be on all of them.

O Allah send blessings on Thy demonstrator, Thy established representative among the people, perfect, growing and everlasting blessings expedite his arrival
and help him, let us be with him in this world and in the Hereafter.

O Allah I seek Thy nearness through my love for them. I make friends with their friends, I oppose their enemies, so, on account of them, give me good of this world and the Hereafter, keep away from me the evil of this world and the Hereafter, the dreadful fright on the Day of Judgement.

Peace be on you, O the representative of Allah!Peace be on you, O the evident proof of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the light of Allah in the darkness of this (ignorant) world!

Peace be on you, O the mainstay of the religion!

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

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Nooh, the Prophet of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Ibrahim, the intimate friend of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Ismaeel, the sacrifice offered to Allah!

Peace be on you,O the Inheritor of Moosa, who spoke to Allah!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Eesaa, who received mercy , joy and ease from Allah!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of the Ameer ul Moomineen, the representative of Allah, the executor of the will of the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Faatimah Zahra!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Hasan and Husayn, the prime leaders of the people of Paradise!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Ali bin Husayn, the pride of the worshippers!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Muhammad bin Ali, the deeply versed in the wisdom of the ancients and moderns!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Jaa'-far bin Muhammad, the truthful, the virtuous!

Peace be on you, O the Inheritor of Moosa bin Jaa'-far! Peace be on you, O the virtuous and pious guardian!

I bear witness that, verily, you established the prayers, gave the prescribed share to the needy, commanded to do that which is right and lawful, not to do that which is wrong and unlawful, sincerely served Allah, till the inevitable came unto you

Peace be on you, O Abal Hasan, and mercy and blessings of Allah be on you.

O Allah I had left my place of domicile to go towards Thee, and crossed many a town in the hope of getting Thy mercy, therefore, do not disappoint me, do not send me away without awarding that which I need, have mercy on my restless agitation near the son of Thy Messenger's brother, Thy blessings be on him and on his children.

 

My father and mother are at your disposal O my Mawlaa! I have come to visit you, adore you and take refuge with you from the excesses I indulged into, from the burden of sins I carry on my back, so, in the day of distress, be my advocate before Allah, because you enjoy special privileges in the presence of Allah, and He shows respect for you and brings honour to you.

O Allah I seek Thy nearness through my love and friendship for them (the Ahlul Bayt), I love each and every one of them, from the first to the last, and avoid intimate association with anyone other than the Ahlul Bayt Curse of Allah be on those who subverted Thy "Favour" suspected Thy Prophet to be guilty of falsehood, denied Thy revelation, laugh at Thy representatives, and gave preference to nonentities over the "Aali Muhammad.

O Allah I seek Thy nearness by calling down curses on them, I keep myself aloof from them in this world and in the Hereafter, O Beneficent!

Blessings of Allah be on you, O Abal Hasan!

Blessings of Allah be on your soul and your body! You suffered patiently and exercised self-control, (although) you were truthful and your truthfulness had been confirmed; Allah destroyed him who gave the orders to kill you, and him who carried it out.

 

Transliteration

ASHHADU AN LAA ILAAHA ILLALLAAHU WAH'DAHU LAA SHAREEKA LAHU

WA ASHHADU ANNA MUH'AMMADAN A'BDUHU WA RASOOLUHU WA ANNAHU SAYYIDUL AWWALEENA WAL AAKHIREEN WA ANNAHU SAYYIDUL AMBIYAAA-I WAL MURSALEEN ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA MUH'AMMADIN A'BDIKA WA RASOOLIKA WA NABIYYIKA WA SAYYIDI KAHLQIKA AJMA-E'EN S'ALAATAN LAA YAQWAA A'LAA IH'S'AA-IHAA GHAYRUKA

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI ALAA AMEERIL MOOMINEENA A'LIYYIBNI ABEE T'AALIB A'BDIKA WA AKHEE RASOOLIKAL LAD'IN-TAJABTAHU BI-I'LMIKA WAJA-A'LTAHU HAADIYAN LIMAN SHIA-TA MIN KHALQIKA

WAD DALEELI A'LAA MAN BA-A'THTAHU BIRISAALATIKA WA DAYYAAND DEENI BI-A'DLIKA WA FAS'LI QAZAAA-IKA BAYNA KHALQIKA WAL MUHAYMINI A'LAA D'AALIKA KULLIHI WASSALAAMU A'LAYHI WA RAH'MATULLAAHI WA BARAKAATUH

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA FAAT'IMATA BINTI NABIYYIKA WA ZAWJATI WALIYYIKA WA UMMIS SIBT'AYNIL H'ASANI WAL H'USAYN SAYYIDAY SHABAABI AHLIL JANNATIT' T'UHRATI
T'AAHIRATIL MUT'AHHARATIT TAQIYYATIN NAQIYYATIR
RAZ"IYYATIZ ZAKIYYATI SAYYIDATI NISSAA-I AHLIL JANNATI AJMA-E'EN S'ALAATAN LAA YAQWAA A'LAA IH'S'AAA-IHAA GHAYRUKA

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAL H'ASANI WAL H'USAYN SIBT'AY NABIYYIKA WA SAYYIDAY SHABAABI AHLIL JANNATIL QAA-IMAYNA FEE KHALQIKA WAD DALEELAYNI A'LAA MAN BA-A'THAT BIRISAALAATIKA WA DAYYAANAYID DEENI BI-A'DLIKA WA FAS'LAY QAZ"AA - IKA BAYNA KHALQIKA

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA A'LIYYIBNIL HUSAYN A'BDIKAL QAA-IMI FEE KHALQIKA WAD DALEELI A'LAA MAN BA-A'THAT BIRISAALAATIKA WA DAYYAANID DEENI BI-A'DLIKA

WA FAS'LI QAZ"AAA-IKA BAYNA KHALQIKA SAYYIDIL A'ABIDEEN

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA MUHAMMADIBNI A'LIYYIN A'BDIKA WA KHALEEFATIKA FEE ARZ"IKA BAAQIRI I'LMIN NABIYYEEN

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA JAA'-FARIBNI MUH'AMMADIS'S'AADIQI A'BDIKA WA WALIYYI DEENIKA WA H'UJJATIKA A'LAA KHALQIKA AJMA-E'ENAS'S'AADIQIL BAAARR

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA MOOSABNI JAA'-FAR A'BDIKAS'S'AALIH; I WA LISAANIKA FEE KHALQIKAN NAAT'IQI BIH'UKMIKA WAL H'UJJATI A'LAA BARIYYATIKA ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA A'LIYYIBNI MOOSAR RIZ"AL MURTAZ"AA A'BDIKA WA WALIYYI DEENIKAL QAAA-IMI BI-A'DLIKA WAD DAA-E'E ILAA DEENIKA WA DEENI AABAAA-IHIS'S'AADIQEEN S'ALAATAN LAA YAQWAA A'LAA IH'SAA-IHAA GHAYRUKA

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA MUH'AMMADIBNI A'LIYYIN A'BDIKA WA WALLIYIKAL QAA-IMI BI AMRIKA WAD DAA-E'E ILAA SABEELIKA

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA A'LIYYIBNI MUH'AMMADIN A'BDIKA WA WALIYYI DEENIKA

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAL H'ASANIBNI A'LIYYIL A'AMILI BI-AMRIKAL QAA-IMI FEE KHALQIKA

WA H'UJJATIKAL MU-ADDEE A'N NABIYYIKA WA SHAAHIDIKA A'LAA KHALQIKAL MAKHS'OOS'I BIKARAAMATIKAD DAA-E'E ILAA T'AA-A'TIKA WA T'AA-A'TI RASOOLIKA S'ALAWAATUKA A'LAYHIM AJMA-E'EN

ALLAAHUMMA S'ALLI A'LAA H'UJJATIKA WA WALIYYIKAL QAAA-IM FEE KHALQIKA S'ALAATAN TAAAMMATAN NAAMIYATAN BAAQIYATAN TU-A'JJILU BIHAA FARAJAHU WA TANS'URUHU BIHAA WA TAJ-A'LUNAA MA-A'HU FID DUNYAA WAL AAKHIRAH

ALLAAHUMMA INNEEE ATAQARRABU ILAYKA BIH'UBBIHIM WA UWAALEE WALIYYAHUM WA U-A'ADEE A'DUWWAHUM FAR-ZUQNEE BIHIM KHAYRAD DUNYAA WAL AAKHIRAH WAS'RIF A'NEE BIHIM SHARRAD DUNYAA WAL AAKHIRAH WA AHWAALA YAWMIL QIYAAMAH

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WALIYYALLAAH ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA H'UJJATALLAAH ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA NOORALLAAHI FEE Z'ULUMAATIL ARZ" ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA A'MOODAD DEEN

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA AADAMA S'IFWATILLAAH ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA NOOH'IN NABIYYILLAAH

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA IBRAAHEEMA KHALEELILLAAH ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA ISMAA-E'ELA D'ABEEH'ILLAH

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA MOOSAA KALEEMILLAAH

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA E'ESAA ROH'ILLAAH

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WARITHA MUH'AMMADIN RASOOLILLAAH

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA AMEERIL MOOMINEENA AL'LIYYIN WALIYYILLLAAH WA WAS'IYYI RASOOLI RABBIL A'ALAMEEN

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA FAAT'IMATAZ ZAHRAA

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA H'ASANI WAL H'USAYNI SAYYIDAY SHABAABI AHLIL JANNAH

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA A'LIYYIBNI H'USAYN ZAYNIL A'ABIDEEN

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA MUH'AMMADIBNI A'LIYYIN BAAQIRI I'LMIL AWWALEENA WAL AAKHIREEN

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA JAA'-FARIBNI MUH'AMMADIS'S'AADIQIL BAAARR

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA WAARITHA MOOSABNI JAA'-FAR

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA AYYUHAS'S'IDDEEQUSH SHAHEED

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA AYYUHAL WAS'IYYUL BAAARRUT TAQIYY

ASHHADU ANNAKA QADAQAMAS'S'ALAATA WA AATAYTAZ ZAKAATA WA AMARTA BIL MAA'-ROOFI WA NAHAYTA A'NIL MUNKAR WA A'BADTALLAAHA MUKHLIS'AN H'ATTAA ATAAKAL YAQEEN

ALLAAHUMMA A'LAYKA YAA ABAL H'ASAN WA RAH'MATULLAAHI WA BARAKAATUH

ALLAAHUMMA ILAYKA S'AMADTU MIN ARZ"EE WA QAT'AA'-TUL BILAAD RAJAAA-A RAH'MATIKA FALAA TUKHAYYIBNEE WA LAA TARUDDANEE BIGHYRI QAZ"AAA-I J'AAJATEE WARH'AM TAQALLUBEE A'LAA QABRIBNI AKHEE RASOOLIKA S'ALAWAATUKA A'LAYHI WA AALIHI BI-ABEE ANTA WA UMMEE YAA MAWLAAYA ATAYTUKA ZAA-IRAN WAAFIDAN A'A-ID'AN MIMMAA JANAYTU A'LAA NAFSEE WAH'-TAT'ABTU A'LAA Z'AHREE FAKUN LEE SHAAFI- A'N ILALLAAHI YAWMA FAQREE WA FAAQATEE FALAKA I'NDALLAAHI MAQAAMUN MAHMOOD WA ANTA I'NDAHU WAJEEH

ALLAAHUMMA INNEE ATAQARRABU ILAYKA BIH'UBBIHIM WA BIWILAAYATIHIM ATAWALLAA AAKHIRAHUM BIMAA TAWALLAYTU BIHI AWWALAHUM WA ABRA-U MIN KULI WALEEJATIN DOONAHUM

ALLAAHUMMAL-A'NILLAD'EENA BADDALOO NIA'-MATAKA WAT TAHAMOO NABIYYIKA WA JAH'ADOO BI-AAYAATIKA WA SAKHIROO BI-IMMAMIKA WA H'AMALUN NAASA A'LAA AKTAAFI AALI MUH'AMMAD

ALLAAHUMMA INNEE ATAQARRABU ILAYKA BILLAA'-NATI A'LAYHIM WAL BARAAA-ATI MINHUM FID DUNYAA WAL AAKHIRAH YAA RAH'MAN

S'ALLALLAAHU A'LAYKA YAA ABAL H'ASAN S'ALLALLAAAHU A'LAA ROOH'IKA WA BADANIKA S'ABARTA WA NATAS'S'AADIQUL MUS'ADDAQ QATALALLAAHU MAN QATALALAKA BIL AYDEE WAL ALSU

BAQIYATUS SALEHAT     Merits and Methods of Visiting Imam al-Ri®ª

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This chapter demonstrates the forms of ziy¡rah of our master Imam `Al¢ ibn M£s¡ al-Ri¤¡, the chief of both men and jinn, the buried in the strange land, and the piece of the flesh of the chief of creatures (i.e. the Holy Prophet). May Allah’s blessings be upon his fathers and sons the leaders to true guidance.

Merits

The merits and great rewards that are gained due to visiting the holy tomb of Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) are too many to be counted. However, we seek blessings from mentioning several traditions, most of which are quoted from the book of Tu¦fat al-Z¡'ir.

First Tradition: The Holy Prophet (¥) is reported to have said, “A piece of my flesh will be buried in Khur¡s¡n. Any faithful believer visits him will win Paradise as reward recorded obligatorily by Almighty Allah and will have Hellfire prohibited by Him from consuming his body.”

According to another validly reported tradition, the Holy Prophet (¥) has said, “A piece of my flesh will be buried in Khur¡s¡n. Any agonized person visits him, will have his agonies relieved by Almighty Allah and any sinful person visits him, will have his sins forgiven by Almighty Allah.”

Second Tradition: According to a valid chain of authority, Imam M£s¡ ibn Ja`far (al-K¡¨im), peace and Allah’s blessings be upon him, is reported to have said, “Whoever visits the tomb of my son `Al¢, shall be awarded by Almighty Allah the reward of seventy times of performing admissible ¦ajj.”

The reporter said in astonishment, “Do you really mean the reward of seventy times of performing admissible ¦ajj?”

The Imam (`a) said, “Yes, even seventy thousand times of performing ¦ajj.”

The Imam (`a) added, “Some performances of ¦ajj may be inadmissible; therefore, whoever visits him or spends a night next to him, will be regarded as having visited Almighty Allah in His Throne.”

The reporter said in astonishment, “Is it really regarded as visiting Almighty Allah in His Throne!”

The Imam answered, “Yes, it is. When the Resurrection Day comes, four persons from the past generations and four others from the last generations shall surround the Throne of Almighty Allah. Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus are the four persons from the past generations. Mu¦ammad, `Al¢, al-°asan, and al-°usayn are the four persons from the last generations. Then, a rope will be extended and the visitors of the tombs of the Imams will be allowed to sit with us. The highest of rank and the most welcomed of them will be the visitors of the tomb of my son `Al¢.”

Third Tradition: Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) is reported to have said, “In Khur¡s¡n, there is an area, which will soon be frequently visited by the angels; a group is descending and another is ascending until the Trumpet will be blown (to declare the coming of the Resurrection Day).”

“Son of Allah’s Messenger,” the Imam (`a) was asked, “What is this area?”

He answered, “It is in the land of ±£s. By Allah (I swear), it is one of the gardens of Paradise. Whoever visits me therein, will be as if he has visited the Messenger of Allah (¥). For that visit too, Almighty Allah will record the reward of one thousand times of going on admissible ¦ajj and one thousand times of going on admissible `umrah; and my fathers and I will be his intercessors on the Resurrection Day.”

Fourth Tradition: According to authentic chain of authority, Ibn Ab¢-Na¥r has reported that he himself read the following letter of Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a): “Pass on the following information to my Sh¢`ah (i.e. adherents): Almighty Allah regards one visitation to me as equal in reward to one thousand times of ¦ajj.”

When I reported this tradition to Imam Mu¦ammad al-Taq¢, Allah’s blessings be upon him, he commented, “Yes, it is. I swear it by Allah. It is even equal in reward to one million times of ¦ajj for those who visit him, recognizing his actual standing.”

Fifth Tradition: Through two valid chains of authority, Imam al-Ri¤¡, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, is reported to have said, “If one visits me despite farness of my place, I will come to him on three occasions of the Resurrection Day so as to save him from the horrors of these occasions: (1) When the records of deeds are thrown right and left, (2) When the Discriminating Bridge (¯ir¡§) is crossed, and (3) when the scale of deeds is set up.”

Sixth Tradition: According to another validly reporter tradition, Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) is reported to have said, “I will be killed wrongfully by poison and I will be entombed beside H¡r£n the `Abb¡sid ruler. Almighty Allah shall then make the soil of my tomb frequently visited by my adherents (i.e. Sh¢`ah). Hence, whoever visits me in my strange land, it will be incumbent on me to pay him a visit on the Resurrection Day. I swear by Him Who honored Mu¦ammad with prophethood and chose him over all the creatures, any one of you who offers a two-unit prayer near my tomb shall be worthy of receiving forgiveness of Almighty Allah on the day when he will meet Him. I swear by Him Who honored us after Mu¦ammad with Imamate and gave us succession (of Prophethood) in particular, the visitors of my tomb shall be the most honored delegations of Almighty Allah on the Resurrection Day. Any faithful believer whose face is touched by a drop of the sky (on his way to visit us), Almighty Allah shall forbid Hellfire to consume his body.”

Seventh Tradition: Through a valid chain of authority, Mu¦ammad ibn Sulaym¡n has reported that he asked Imam Mu¦ammad al-Taq¢ (`a) about a man who went to perform his obligatory ¦ajj and then went to perform ‘umrah, and Almighty Allah granted him success to perform both ¦ajj and `umrah together. Then he went to al-Mad¢nah and greeted the Holy Prophet. He then went to visit your forefather the Commander of the Faithful, recognizing that he is rightfully the Argument of Allah against His creatures and His door from which the Almighty must be approached. So, he greeted him. Then he went to visit Imam al-°usayn and greeted him. Then he went to Baghdad and greeted Imam M£s¡ al-K¡¨im. Then he went back to his hometown. If once again Almighty Allah grants him opportunity to go on ¦ajj; to whom will it be better for him to go under these conditions? Should he who has already performed ¦ajj go on pilgrimage to the Holy Ka`bah, or should he turn towards Khur¡s¡n to greet and visit the shrine of your father `Al¢ ibn M£s¡ al-Ri¤¡?”

The Imam (`a) replied, “It is better for him to go towards Khur¡s¡n to greet my father. This visit will be even much better if it is done in the month of Rajab. However, it is not appropriate to do this now, because the ruling authorities have had bad idea about us.”

Eighth Tradition: Shaykh al-¯ad£q, in his book of man-l¡-ya¦¤uruhul-faq¢h, has reported Imam Mu¦ammad al-Taq¢ (`a) as saying, “Between the two mountains of ±£s, there is an area brought from Paradise. Hence, whoever enters that area will be secured against Hellfire on the Resurrection Day.”

Ninth Tradition: Imam Mu¦ammad al-Taq¢ (`a) is also reported to have said, “I will guarantee Paradise on behalf of Almighty Allah for those who visit my father in ±£s.”

Tenth Tradition: Shaykh al-¯ad£q, in his book of `Uy£n Akhb¡r al-Ri¤¡, has reported the following:

A righteous man saw the Holy Prophet (¥) in his dream, “O Allah’s Messenger,” the man asked, “Which of your offspring should I go to visit?”

The Holy Prophet (¥) answered, “Some of them have come to me poisoned. Others have come slain.”

“Then,” the man asked, “Given the great distances between their shrines, which one of them do you recommend me to go and visit?”

The Holy Prophet (¥) said, “You may visit the one closest to you, who is buried in the land of loneliness.”

“O Allah’s Messenger,” the man asked, “Do you mean al-Ri¤¡?”

The Holy Prophet (¥) instructed, “You should have added (after mentioning his name): Allah’s blessings be upon him! Allah’s blessings be upon him! Allah’s blessings be upon him! (three times)”

In the books of Was¡'il al-Sh¢`ah and al-Mustadrak `al¡ Was¡'il al-Sh¢`ah, chapters have been dedicated to the recommendation of seeking blessings from the shrine of Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) as well as the shrines of the other Holy Imams (`a), the recommendation of preceding pilgrimage to Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) to pilgrimage to Imam al-°usayn (`a) as well as all the other Holy Imams (`a) and preceding it even to the supererogatory ¦ajj and `umrah.

Because this book is too brief to cope with lengthiness, I will mention no more than the aforementioned ten traditions.


 

Method of Visiting Imam al-Ri¤¡

Several forms of ziy¡rah of Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) have been mentioned. However, the most famous form has been mentioned in the most reliable books and reported from the sublime Shaykh Mu¦ammad ibn al-°asan ibn al-Wal¢d, one of the mentors of Shaykh al-¯ad£q. From the book of al-Maz¡r by Ibn Qawlawayh, we can conclude that this form of ziy¡rah has been reported from the Holy Imams. This form of ziy¡rah, according to Shaykh al-¯ad£q’s book of man-l¡-ya¦¤uruhul-faq¢h, is as follows:

When you intend to visit Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) in ±£s, you may bathe yourself before you leave your house (at your hometown) and say the following words:

اَللَّهُمَّ طَهِّرْنِي وَطَهِّرْ قَلْبِي

all¡humma §ahhirn¢ wa §ahhir qalb¢

O Allah, (please) cleanse me, cleanse my heart,

وَٱشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي

washra¦ l¢ ¥adr¢

expand my breast,

وَاجْرِ عَلَىٰ لِسَانِي مِدْحَتَكَ وَٱلثَّنَاءَ عَلَيْكَ

wa ajri `al¡ lis¡n¢ mid¦atika walththan¡'a `alayka

and let Your praise and eulogy flow out from my tongue;

فإِنَّهُ لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِكَ

fa'innah£ l¡ ¦awla wa l¡ quwwata ill¡ bika

since indeed there is neither might nor power except with You.

اَللَّهُمَّ ٱجْعَلْهُ لِي طَهُوراً وَشِفاءً

all¡humma ij`alhu l¢ §ah£ran wa shif¡'an

O Allah, (please) establish it as a means of cleansing and healing for me.

Say the following supplicatory words as you leave your house:

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

bismi all¡hi alrra¦m¡ni alrra¦¢mi

In the name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ وَبِٱللَّهِ

bismi all¡hi wa bill¡hi

In the Name of Allah (I begin), in Allah (I trust),

وَإِلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ وَإِلَىٰ ٱبْنِ رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ

wa il¡ all¡hi wa il¡ ibni ras£li all¡hi

to Allah and towards the son of Allah’s Messenger (I trun my face).

حَسْبِيَ ٱللَّهُ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ

¦asbiya all¡hu tawakkaltu `al¡ all¡hi

Allah is Sufficient unto me and on Allah do I  rely.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ تَوَجَّهْتُ وَإلَيْكَ قَصَدْتُ

all¡humma ilayka tawajjahtu wa ilayka qa¥adtu

O Allah, I have set out to You, directed toward You,

وَمَا عِنْدَكَ ارَدْتُ

wa m¡ `indaka aradtu

and desired for what You have in possession.

When you go out of your house, you may stop at the door and say the following supplicatory words:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي

all¡humma ilayka wajjahtu wajh¢

O Allah, to You am I turning my face

وَعَلَيْكَ خَلَّفْتُ اهْلِي وَمَالِي وَمَا خَوَّلْتَنِي

wa `alayka khallaftu ahl¢ wa m¡l¢ wa m¡ khawwaltan¢

and with You do I keep my family members, my property, and everything with which You have allowed me to behave.

وَ بِكَ وَثِقْتُ فَلاَ تُخَيِّبْنِي

wa bika wathiqtu fal¡ tukhayyibn¢

I have trusted in You; so, do not disappoint me.

يَا مَنْ لاََ يُخَيِّبُ مَنْ ارَادَهُ

y¡ man l¡ yukhayyibu man ar¡dah£

O He Who saves those who trust in Him from disappointment

وَلاَ يُضَيِّعُ مَنْ حَفِظَهُ

wa l¡ yu¤ayyi`u man ¦afi¨ah£

and He Who does not give up those whom He safeguards.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

O Allah, (please do) send blessings upon Mu¦ammad and the Household of Mu¦ammad

وَٱحْفَظْنِي بِحِفْظِكَ

wa¦fa¨n¢ bi¦if¨ika

and guard me under Your custody,

فَإِنَّهُ لا يَضِيعُ مَنْ حَفِظْتَ

fa'innah£ l¡ ya¤¢`u man ¦afi¨ta

since nothing that You guard may be ruined.

When you arrive there safely, Allah willing, and you intend to visit the Imam (`a), you may bathe yourself and say the following words meanwhile:

اَللَّهُمَّ طَهِّرْنِي وَطَهِّرْ لِي قَلْبِي

all¡humma §ahhirn¢ wa §ahhir l¢ qalb¢

O Allah, (please) cleanse me, cleanse my heart for me,

وَٱشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي

washra¦ l¢ ¥adr¢

expand my breast,

وَاجْرِ عَلَىٰ لِسَانِي مِدْحَتَكَ وَمَحَبَّتَكَ وَٱلثَّنَاءَ عَلَيْكَ

wa ajri `al¡ lis¡n¢ mid¦atika wa ma¦abbataka walththan¡'a `alayka

and let Your praise, eulogy, and love flow out from my tongue;

فإِنَّهُ لاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِكَ

fa'innah£ l¡ quwwata ill¡ bika

since indeed there is no power except with You.

وَقَدْ عَلِمْتُ انَّ قِوَامَ دِينِي

wa qad `alimtu anna qiw¡ma d¢n¢

I know for sure that the basis of my faith

ٱلتَّسْلِيمُ لاِمْرِكَ وَٱلِٱتِّبَاعُ لِسُنَّةِ نَبِيِّكَ

alttasl¢mu li'amrika walittib¡`u lisunnati nabiyyika

is to submit to Your decree, to keep to the traditions of Your Prophet,

وَٱلشَّهَادَةُ عَلَىٰ جَمِيعِ خَلْقِكَ

walshshah¡datu `al¡ jam¢`i khalqika

and to bear witness to all Your creatures.

اَللَّهُمَّ ٱجْعَلْهُ لِي شِفَاءً وَنُوراً

all¡humma ij`alhu l¢ shif¡'an wa n£ran

O Allah, (please) make it curative and light for me.

إِِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

innaka `al¡ kulli shay'in qad¢run

You verily have power over all things.

You may put on the purest and cleanest of your clothes, walk barefooted with tranquility and submission, and mention Almighty Allah in your heart, repeating the following statements:

اللَّهُ اكْبَرُ

all¡hu akbaru

Allah is the Most Great.

لاَ إِِلٰهَ إِِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ

l¡ il¡ha ill¡ all¡hu

There is no god save Allah.

سُبْحَانَ ٱللَّهِ

sub¦¡na all¡hi

All glory be to Allah.

ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ

al¦amdu lill¡hi

All praise be to Allah.

While entering the sacred shrine, you may say the following words:

بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ وَبِٱللَّهِ

bismi all¡hi wa bill¡hi

In the Name of Allah (I begin), in Allah (I trust),

وَعَلَىٰ مِلَّةِ رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ

wa `al¡ millati ras£li all¡hi

and the course of Allah’s Messenger (I follow),

صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ

¥all¡ all¡hu `alayhi wa ¡lih¢

peace be upon him and his Household.

اشْهَدُ انْ لاََ إِِلٰهَ إِِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ

ashhadu an l¡ il¡ha ill¡ all¡hu

I bear witness that there is no god save Allah,

وَحْدَهُ لاََ شَرِيكَ لَهُ

wa¦dah£ l¡ shar¢ka lah£

One and Only God and having no partner.

وَاشْهَدُ انَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

wa ashhadu anna mu¦ammadan `abduh£ wa ras£luh£

And I bear witness that Mu¦ammad is His servant and Messenger

وَانَّ عَلِيّاً وَلِيُّ ٱللَّهِ

wa anna `aliyyan waliyyu all¡hi

and `Al¢ is Allah’s most intimate servant.

You may then walk towards the tomb to stop there, face it, and say the following words:

اشْهَدُ انْ لاََ إِِلٰهَ إِِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ

ashhadu an l¡ il¡ha ill¡ all¡hu

I bear witness that there is no god save Allah,

وَحْدَهُ لاََ شَرِيكَ لَهُ

wa¦dah£ l¡ shar¢ka lah£

One and Only God and having no partner.

وَاشْهَدُ انَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

wa ashhadu anna mu¦ammadan `abduh£ wa ras£luh£

And I bear witness that Mu¦ammad is His servant and Messenger,

وَانَّهُ سَيِّدُ ٱلاوَّلِينَ وَٱلآخِرِينَ

wa annah£ sayyidu al-awwal¢na wal-¡khir¢na

the chief of the past and the coming generations,

وَانَّهُ سَيِّدُ ٱلانْبِيَاءِ وَٱلْمُرْسَلِينَ

wa annah£ sayyidu al-anbiy¡'i walmursal¢na

and the chief of the Prophets and Messengers.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin

O Allah, (please) bless Mu¦ammad,

عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُولِكَ وَنَبِيِّكَ

`abdika wa ras£lika wa nabiyyika

Your servant, messenger, prophet,

وَسَيِّدِ خَلْقِكَ اجْمَعِينَ

wa sayyidi khalqika ajma`¢na

and the chief of all Your creatures,

صَلاَةً لاََ يَقْوَىٰ عَلَىٰ إِِحْصَائِهَا غَيْرُكَ

¥al¡tan l¡ yaqw¡ `al¡ i¦¥¡'ih¡ ghayruka

with such blessings that none can calculate save You.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ امِيرِ ٱلْمُؤمِنِينَ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ am¢ri almu'min¢na

O Allah, (please) bless the Commander of the Faithful

عَلِيِّ بْنِ ابِي طَالِبٍ

`aliyyi bni ab¢ §¡libin

`Al¢ the son of Ab¢-±¡lib,

عَبْدِكَ وَاخِي رَسُولِكَ

`abdika wa akh¢ ras£lika

Your servant and the brother of Your Messenger,

ٱلَّذِي ٱنْتَجَبْتَهُ بِعِلْمِكَ

alladh¢ intajabtah£ bi`ilmika

whom You have selected on the basis of Your knowledge

وَجَعَلْتَهُ هَادِياً لِمَنْ شِئْتَ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ

wa ja`altah£ h¡diyan liman shi'ta min khalqika

and thus made lead (to the truth) whomever You willed amongst Your creatures

وَٱلدَّلِيلَ عَلَىٰ مَنْ بَعَثْتَهُ بِرِسَالاَتِكَ

walddal¢la `al¡ man ba`athtah£ biris¡l¡tika

and made the guide to those whom You sent with Your messages,

وَدَيَّانَ ٱلدِّينِ بِعَدْلِكَ

wa dayy¡na aldd¢ni bi`adlika

the establisher of the true religion owing to Your justice,

وَفَصْلِ قَضَائِكَ بَيْنَ خَلْقِكَ

wa fa¥li qa¤¡'ika bayna khalqika

the decisive judge among Your creatures,

وَٱلْمُهَيْمِنَ عَلَىٰ ذٰلِكَ كُلِّهِ

walmuhaymina `al¡ dh¡lika kullih¢

and the prevalent over all that.

وَٱلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْهِ وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

wa alssal¡mu `alayhi wa ra¦matu all¡hi wa barak¡tuh£

Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon him.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ فَاطِمَةَ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ f¡§imata

O Allah, (please) send blessings on F¡§imah

بِنْتِ نَبِيِّكَ

binti nabiyyika

the daughter of Your Prophet,

وَزَوْجَةِ وَلِيِّكَ

wa zawjati waliyyika

the wife of Your friend,

وَامِّ ٱلسِّبْطَيْنِ ٱلْحَسَنِ وَٱلْحُسَيْنِ

wa ummi alssib§ayni al¦asani wal¦usayni

the mother of the two grandsons al-°asan and al-°usayn

سَيِّدَيْ شَبَابِ اهْلِ ٱلْجَنَّةِ

sayyiday shab¡bi ahli aljannati

the two chiefs of the youth of Paradise;

ٱلطُّهْرَةِ ٱلطَّاهِرَةِ ٱلْمُطَهَّرَةِ

al§tuhrati al§§¡hirati almu§ahharati

(she is) the genuinely pure, the immaculate, the purified,

ٱلتَّقِيَّةِ ٱلنَّقِيَّةِ ٱلرَّضِيَّةِ ٱلزَّكِيَّةِ

alttaqiyyati alnnaqiyyati alrra¤iyyati alzzakiyyati

the pious, the perfect, the pleased, the pristine,

سَيِّدَةِ نِسَاءِ اهْلِ ٱلْجَنَّةِ اجْمَعِينَ

sayyidati nis¡'i ahli aljannati ajma`¢na

and the doyenne of all the women of Paradise,

صَلاَةً لاََ يَقْوَىٰ عَلَىٰ إِِحْصَائِهَا غَيْرُكَ

¥al¡tan l¡ yaqw¡ `al¡ i¦¥¡'ih¡ ghayruka

(bless her) with such blessings that none can count except You.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ ٱلْحَسَنِ وَٱلْحُسَيْنِ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ al¦asani wal¦usayni

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon al-°asan and al-°usayn,

سِبْطَيْ نَبِيِّكَ

sib§ay nabiyyika

the two grandsons of Your Prophet,

 وَسَيِّدَيْ شَبَابِ اهْلِ ٱلْجَنَّةِ

wa sayyiday shab¡bi ahli aljannati

the two chiefs of the youth of Paradise,

ٱلْقَائِمَيْنِ فِي خَلْقِكَ

alq¡'imayni f¢ khalqika

the two who establish authority among Your creatures,

وَٱلدَّلِيلَيْنِ عَلَىٰ مَنْ بَعَثْتَ بِرِسَالاَتِكَ

walddal¢layni `al¡ man ba`athta biris¡l¡tika

who guide to those whom You sent with Your messages,

وَدَيَّانَيِ ٱلدِّينِ بِعَدْلِكَ

wa dayy¡nay aldd¢ni bi`adlika

who manage the religious affairs on the basis of Your justice,

وَفَصْلَيْ قَضَائِكَ بَيْنَ خَلْقِكَ

wa fa¥lay qa¤¡'ika bayna khalqika

and who judge on the basis of Your decrees among Your creatures.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ عَلِيِّ بْنِ ٱلْحُسَيْنِ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ `aliyyi bni al¦usayni

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon `Al¢ the son of al-°usayn,

عَبْدِكَ ٱلْقَائِمِ فِي خَلْقِكَ

`abdika alq¡'imi f¢ khalqika

Your servant who undertakes Your mission among Your creatures,

وَٱلدَّلِيلِ عَلَىٰ مَنْ بَعَثْتَ بِرِسَالاَتِكَ

walddal¢li `al¡ man ba`athta biris¡l¡tika

who guides to those whom You sent with Your messages,

وَدَيَّانِ ٱلدِّينِ بِعَدْلِكَ

wa dayy¡ni aldd¢ni bi`adlika

who manages the religious affairs on the basis of Your justice,

وَفَصْلِ قَضَائِكَ بَيْنَ خَلْقِكَ

wa fa¥li qa¤¡'ika bayna khalqika

who judges according to Your decrees among Your creatures,

سَيِّدِ ٱلْعَابِدِينَ

sayyidi al`¡bid¢na

and who is the prime of all worshippers.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadi bni `aliyyin

O Allah, (please) send blessings on Mu¦ammad the son of `Al¢,

عَبْدِكَ وَخَلِيفَتِكَ فِي ارْضِكَ

`abdika wa khal¢fatika f¢ ar¤ika

Your servant and Your representative in Your lands,

بَاقِرِ عِلْمِ ٱلنَّبِيِّينَ

b¡qiri `ilmi alnnabiyy¢na

who split asunder the knowledge of the Prophets.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ ٱلصَّادِقِ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ ja`fari bni mu¦ammadin al¥¥¡diqi

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon Ja`far the son of Mu¦ammad,

عَبْدِكَ وَوَلِيِّ دِينِكَ

`abdika wa waliyyi d¢nika

Your servant, the authority of Your religion,

وَحُجَّتِكَ عَلَىٰ خَلْقِكَ اجْمَعِينَ

wa ¦ujjatika `al¡ khalqika ajma`¢na

Your argument against all of Your creatures,

ٱلصَّادِقِ ٱلْبَارِّ

al¥¥¡diqi alb¡rri

the veracious, and the dutiful.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُوسَىٰ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ m£s¡ bni ja`farin

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon M£s¡ the son of Ja`far,

عَبْدِكَ ٱلصَّالِحِ

`abdika al¥¥¡li¦i

Your righteous servant,

وَلِسَانِكَ فِي خَلْقِكَ

wa lis¡nika f¢ khalqika

Your spokesman among Your creatures,

ٱلنَّاطِقِ بِحُكْمِكَ

alnn¡§iqi bi¦ukmika

who speaks with Your judgment,

وَٱلْحُجَّةِ عَلَىٰ بَرِيَّتِكَ

wal¦ujjati `al¡ bariyyatika

and who is the argument against Your created beings.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ عَليِّ بْنِ مُوسَىٰ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ `aliyyi bni m£s¡

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon `Al¢ the son of M£s¡,

ٱلرِّضَا ٱلْمُرْتَضَىٰ

alrri¤¡ almurta¤¡

the cordial, the well-pleased,

عَبْدِكَ وَوَلِيِّ دِينِكَ

`abdika wa waliyyi d¢nika

the servant of You, the authority of Your religion,

ٱلْقَائِمِ بِعَدْلِكَ

alq¡'imi bi`adlika

who undertakes the mission with Your justice,

وَٱلدَّاعِي إِلَىٰ دِينِكَ وَدِينِ آبَائِهِ ٱلصَّادِقِينَ

waldd¡`¢ il¡ d¢nika wa d¢ni ¡b¡'ih¢ al¥¥¡diq¢na

who calls to the religion of You and of his veracious fathers;

صَلاَةً لاََ يَقْوَىٰ عَلَىٰ إِِحْصَائِهَا غَيْرُكَ

¥al¡tan l¡ yaqw¡ `al¡ i¦¥¡'ih¡ ghayruka

(bless him) with such blessings that none can count except You.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadi bni `aliyyin

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon Mu¦ammad the son of `Al¢,

عَبْدِكَ وَوَلِيِّكَ

`abdika wa waliyyika

Your servant, Your authority,

ٱلْقَائِمِ بِامْرِكَ

alq¡'imi bi'amrika

who undertakes the mission by Your command

وَٱلدَّاعِي إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِكَ

waldd¡`¢ il¡ sab¢lika

and calls to Your path.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ عَليِّ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ `aliyyi bni mu¦ammadin

O Allah, (please) send blessing upon `Al¢ the son of Mu¦ammad,

عَبْدِكَ وَوَلِيِّ دِينِكَ

`abdika wa waliyyi d¢nika

Your servant and the authority of Your religion.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ ٱلْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ al¦asani bni `aliyyin

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon al-°asan the son of `Al¢

ٱلْعَامِلِ بِامْرِكَ

al`¡mili bi'amrika

who carries out Your commands,

ٱلْقَائِمِ فِي خَلْقِكَ

alq¡'imi f¢ khalqika

who undertakes the mission among Your creatures,

وَحُجَّتِكَ ٱلْمُؤَدِّي عَنْ نَبِيِّكَ

wa ¦ujjatika almu'add¢ `an nabiyyika

Your argument who acts on behalf of Your Prophet,

وَشَاهِدِكَ عَلَىٰ خَلْقِكَ

wa sh¡hidika `al¡ khalqika

Your witness on Your creatures,

ٱلْمَخْصُوصِ بِكَرَامَتِكَ

almakh¥£¥i bikar¡matika

the exclusively endued with Your honor,

ٱلدَّاعِي إِلَىٰ طَاعَتِكَ وَطَاعَةِ رَسُولِكَ

aldd¡`¢ il¡ §¡`atika wa §¡`ati ras£lika

and the caller to the obedience to You and to Your Messenger.

صَلَوَاتُكَ عَلَيْهِمْ اجْمَعِينَ

¥alaw¡tuka `alayhim ajma`¢na

Your blessings be upon them all.

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ حُجَّتِكَ وَوَلِيِّكَ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ ¦ujjatika wa waliyyka

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon Your argument and authority

ٱلْقَائِمِ فِي خَلْقِكَ

alq¡'imi f¢ khalqika

who undertakes the mission among Your creatures

صَلاَةً تَامَّةً نَامِيَةً بَاقِيَةً

¥al¡tan t¡mmatan n¡miyatan b¡qiyatan

with such blessing that is perfect, ever-increasing, and everlasting

تُعَجِّلُ بِهَا فَرَجَهُ

tu`ajjilu bih¡ farajah£

due to which You may hasten his Relief,

وَتَنْصُرُهُ بِهَا

wa tan¥uruh£ bih¡

grant him victory,

وَتَجْعَلُنَا مَعَهُ فِي ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلآخِرَةِ

wa taj`alun¡ ma`ah£ f¢ aldduny¡ wal-¡khirati

and include us with him in this world and the Hereafter.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِِنِّي اتَقَرَّبُ إِِلَيْكَ بِحُبِّهِمْ

all¡humma inn¢ ataqarrabu ilayka bi¦ubbihim

O Allah, I am seeking nearness to You through bearing love for them,

وَاوَالِي وَلِيَّهُمْ وَاعَادِي عَدُوَّهُمْ

wa uw¡l¢ waliyyahum wa u`¡d¢ `aduwwahum

and I am loyal to their loyalists and enemy of their enemies.

فَٱرْزُقْنِي بِهِمْ خَيْرَ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلآخِرَةِ

farzuqn¢ bihim khayra aldduny¡ wal-¡khirati

So (please) provide me in their names the goodness of this world and the Hereafter

وَٱصْرِفْ عَنِّي بِهِمْ شَرَّ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلآخِرَةِ

wa¥rif `ann¢ bihim sharra aldduny¡ wal-¡khirati

and fend off from me the evils of this world and the Hereafter

وَاهْوَالَ يَوْمِ ٱلْقِيَامَةِ

wa ahw¡la yawmi alqiy¡mati

as well as the horrors of the Resurrection Day.

You may then sit to the side of the Imam’s head and say the following words:

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَلِيَّ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ waliyya all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O Allah’s friend.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ ¦ujjata all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O Allah’s argument.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا نُورَ ٱللَّهِ فِي ظُلُمَاتِ ٱلارْضِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ n£ra all¡hi f¢ ¨ulum¡ti al-ar¤i

Peace be upon you, O Allah’s light in the darkness of the earth.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا عَمُودَ ٱلدِّينِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ `am£da aldd¢ni

Peace be upon you, O pillar of the religion.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ آدَمَ صَفْوَةِ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha ¡dama ¥afwati all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Adam the choice of Allah.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ نُوحٍ نَبِيِّ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha n£¦in nabiyyi all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Noah the prophet of Allah.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ إِِبْرَاهِيمَ خَلِيلِ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha ibr¡h¢ma khal¢li all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Abraham the intimate friend of Allah.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ إِِسْمَاعيلَ ذَبيحِ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha ism¡`¢la dhab¢¦i all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Ishmael the slain for the sake of Allah.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُوسَىٰ كَلِيمِ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha m£s¡ kal¢mi all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Moses the spoken by Allah.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ عِيسَىٰ رُوحِ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha `¢s¡ r£¦i all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Jesus the spirit of Allah.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha mu¦ammadin ras£li all¡hi

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Mu¦ammad the messenger of Allah.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ امِيرِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha am¢ri almu'min¢na

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of the Commander of the Faithful

عَلِيٍّ وَلِيِّ ٱللَّهِ

`aliyyin waliyyin all¡hi

`Al¢ the authority of Allah

وَوَصِيِّ رَسُولِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ

wa wa¥iyyi ras£li rabbi al`¡lam¢na

and the successor of the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ فَاطِمَةَ ٱلزَّهْرَاءِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha f¡§imata alzzahr¡'i

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of F¡§imah the luminous lady.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ ٱلْحَسَنِ وَٱلْحُسَيْنِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha al¦asani wal¦usayni

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of al-°asan and al-°usayn

سَيِّدَيْ شَبَابِ اهْلِ ٱلْجَنَّةِ

sayyiday shab¡bi ahli aljannati

the two chiefs of the youth of Paradise.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ عَليِّ بْنِ ٱلْحُسَيْنِ زَيْنِ ٱلْعَابِدِينَ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha `aliyyi bni al¦usayni zayni al`¡bid¢na

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of `Al¢ the son of al-°usayn the adornment of the worshippers.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha mu¦ammadi bni `aliyyin

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Mu¦ammad the son of `Al¢

بَاقِرِ عِلْمِ ٱلاوَّلِينَ وَٱلآخِرِينَ

b¡qiri `ilmi al-awwal¢na wal-¡khir¢na

the splitter of the knowledge of the past and the last generations.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha ja`fari bni mu¦ammadin

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of Ja`far the son of Mu¦ammad

ٱلصَّادِقِ ٱلْبَارِّ

al¥¥¡diqi alb¡rri

the veracious and dutiful.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُوسَىٰ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ w¡ritha m£s¡ bni ja`farin

Peace be upon you, O inheritor of M£s¡ the son of Ja`far.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ ايُّهَا ٱلصِّدِّيقُ ٱلشَّهِيدُ

alssal¡mu `alayka ayyuh¡ al¥¥idd¢qu alshshah¢du

Peace be upon you, O ever-truthful and martyr.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ ايُّهَا ٱلْوَصِيُّ ٱلْبَارُّ ٱلتَّقِيُّ

alssal¡mu `alayka ayyuh¡ alwa¥iyyu alb¡rru alttaqiyyu

Peace be upon you, O dutiful and pious successor.

اشْهَدُ انَّكَ قَدْ اقَمْتَ ٱلصَّلاَةَ

ashhadu annaka qad aqamta al¥¥al¡ta

I bear witness that you performed the prayers,

وَآتَيْتَ ٱلزَّكَاةَ

wa ¡tayta alzzak¡ta

defrayed the poor-rate (and alms),

وَامَرْتَ بِٱلْمَعْرُوفِ

wa amarta bilma`r£fi

enjoined the right,

وَنَهَيْتَ عَنِ ٱلْمُنْكَرِ

wa nahayta `an almunkari

forbade the wrong,

وَعَبَدْتَ ٱللَّهَ مُخْلِصاً حَتَّىٰ اتَاكَ ٱلْيَقِينُ

wa `abadta all¡ha mukhli¥an ¦att¡ at¡ka alyaq¢nu

and serve Allah sincerely until death came upon you.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابَا ٱلْحَسَنِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ ab¡ al¦asani

Peace be upon you, O Abu’l-°asan.

وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

wa ra¦matu all¡hi wa barak¡tuh£

Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

You may then throw yourself on the tomb and say the following supplicatory prayer:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِِلَيْكَ صَمَدْتُ مِنْ ارْضِي

all¡humma ilayka ¥amadtu min ar¤¢

O Allah, for Your sake alone have I set out from my homeland

وَقَطَعْتُ ٱلْبِلاَدَ رَجَاءَ رَحْمَتِكَ

wa qa§a`tu albil¡da raj¡'a ra¦matika

and covered many countries in the hope of winning Your mercy;

فَلاَ تُخَيِّبْنِي وَلاَ تَرُدَّنِي بِغَيْرِ قَضَاءِ حَاجَتِي

fal¡ tukhayyibn¢ wa l¡ taruddan¢ bighayri qa¤¡'i ¦¡jat¢

so, (please) do not disappoint me and do not make me return without having my needs settled (by You),

وَٱرْحَمْ تَقَلُّبِي عَلَىٰ قَبْرِ ٱبْنِ اخِي رَسُولِكَ

war¦am taqallub¢ `al¡ qabri ibni akh¢ ras£lika

and have mercy upon my turning over on the tomb of the son of Your Prophet’ brother,

صَلَوَاتُكَ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ

¥alaw¡tuka `alayhi wa ¡lih¢

Your blessings be upon him and his Household.

بِابِي انْتَ وَامِّي يَا مَوْلاَيَ

bi'ab¢ anta wa umm¢ y¡ mawl¡ya

May my father and mother be ransoms for you, O my master.

اتَيْتُكَ زَائِراً وَافِداً

ataytuka z¡'iran w¡fidan

I have come to you visiting and getting to you,

عَائِذاً مِمَّا جَنَيْتُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِي

`¡'idhan mimm¡ janaytu `al¡ nafs¢

seeking protection against all that which I have committed against myself

وَٱحْتَطَبْتُ عَلَىٰ ظَهْرِي

wa¦ta§abtu `al¡ ¨ahr¢

and overburdened my back with.

فَكُنْ لِي شَافِعاً إِِلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ

fakun l¢ sh¡fi`an il¡ all¡hi

So, (please) be my intercessor with Allah

يَوْمَ فَقْرِي وَفَاقَتِي

yawma faqr¢ wa f¡qat¢

on the day of my poverty and neediness,

فَلَكَ عِنْدَ ٱللَّهِ مَقَامٌ مَحْمُودٌ

falaka `inda all¡hi maq¡mun ma¦m£dun

for you enjoy with Allah a praiseworthy position

وَانْتَ عِنْدَهُ وَجِيهٌ

wa anta `indah£ waj¢hun

and you are worthy of regard with Him.

You may then raise your right hand towards the sky, stretch out your left hand on the tomb, and say the following supplicatory prayer:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِِنِّي اتَقَرَّبُ إِِلَيْكَ بِحُبِّهِمْ وَبِوِلاَيَتِهِمْ

all¡humma inn¢ ataqarrabu ilayka bi¦ubbihim wa biwil¡yatihim

O Allah, I do seek nearness to You through bearing love for them and being loyal to them;

اتَوَلَّىٰ آخِرَهُمْ بِمَا تَوَلَّيْتُ بِهِ اوَّلَهُمْ

atawall¡ ¡khirahum bim¡ tawallaytu bih¢ awwalahum

I am loyal to the last of them in the same way as I am loyal to the first

وَابْرَا مِنْ كُلِّ وَلِيجَةٍ دُونَهُمْ

wa abra'u min kulli wal¢jatin d£nahum

and I repudiate any adherence to any one other than them.

اَللَّهُمَّ ٱلْعَنِ ٱلَّذِينَ بَدَّلُوٱ نِعْمَتَكَ

all¡humma il`an alladh¢na baddal£ ni`mataka

O Allah, pour curses on those who have altered Your bounty,

وَٱتَّهَمُوٱ نَبِيَّكَ

wattaham£ nabiyyaka

suspected Your Prophet,

وَجَحَدُوٱ بِآيَاتِكَ

wa ja¦ad£ bi'¡y¡tika

denied Your signs,

وَسَخِرُوٱ بِإِِمَامِكَ

wa sakhir£ bi'im¡mika

scoffed at Your Imam,

وَحَمَلُوٱ ٱلنَّاسَ عَلَىٰ اكْتَافِ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

wa ¦amal£ alnn¡sa `al¡ akt¡fi ¡li mu¦ammadin

and placed the burden of the people upon the shoulders of Mu¦ammad’s Household.

اَللَّهُمَّ إِِنِّي اتَقَرَّبُ إِِلَيْكَ بِٱلْلَّعْنَةِ عَلَيْهِمْ

all¡humma inn¢ ataqarrabu ilayka billa`nati `alayhim

O Allah, I do seek nearness to You through invoking curse on these peoples (i.e. the enemies of the Holy Prophet’s Household)

وَٱلْبَرَاءَةِ مِنْهُمْ فِي ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلآخِرَةِ يَا رَحْمٰنُ

walbar¡'ati minhum f¢ aldduny¡ wal-¡khirati y¡ ra¦m¡nu

and disavowing them in this world and the Hereafter, O All-beneficent Lord.

You may turn to the side of the Imam’s feet and say the following words:

صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ يَا ابَا ٱلْحَسَنِ

¥all¡ all¡hu `alayka y¡ ab¡ al¦asani

Allah’s blessings be upon you, O Abu’l-°asan.

صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ رُوحِكَ وَبَدَنِكَ

¥all¡ all¡hu `al¡ r£¦ika wa badanika

Allah’s blessings be upon your soul and body.

صَبَرْتَ وَانْتَ ٱلصَّادِقُ ٱلْمُصَدَّقُ

¥abarta wa anta al¥¥¡diqu almu¥addaqu

You did act patiently and you are veracious and believed.

قَتَلَ ٱللَّهُ مَنْ قَتَلَكَ بِٱلايْدِي وَٱلالْسُنِ

qatala all¡hu man qatalaka bil-ayd¢ wal-alsuni

May Allah kill those who killed you with hands and tongues.

You may then earnestly invoke the curse of Allah on the slayers of the Commander of the Faithful (Imam `Al¢), the slayers of Imams al-°asan and al-°usayn, and all the slayers of the family members of the Holy Prophet.


 

You may then return to the side of the Imam’s head and offer a two-unit prayer in which you may recite S£rah Y¡s¢n (No. 36) after S£rah al-F¡ti¦ah in one unit and S£rah al-Ra¦m¡n (No. 55) after S£rah al-F¡ti¦ah in the other.

You may also pray and implore Almighty Allah as earnestly as possible.

You may also pray for yourself, your parents, and your brothers and sisters-in-faith as much as you can.

You may stay at the side of the Imam’s head as long as you wish, offering all your prayers there.

Difference in a Statement

The aforesaid form of ziy¡rah is in fact the most excellent. One of its statements has read:

وَسَخِرُوٱ بِإِِمَامِكَ

wa sakhir£ bi'im¡mika

…and scoffed at Your Imam…

This statement has been quoted from the books of man-l¡-ya¦¤uruhul-faq¢h, `Uy£n Akhb¡r al-Ri¤¡, and the books of `All¡mah al-Majlis¢.

The statement involved thus means that these persons mocked at the Imam whom You have appointed for them.

However, according to the book of Mi¥b¡¦ al-Z¡'ir, the statement is mentioned in this form:

وَسَخِرُوٱ بِايَّامِكَ

wa sakhir£ bi'ayy¡mika

…and scoffed at Your Days…

This meaning is also accurate and may be more accurate than the earlier from various aspects.

The Days are the Holy Imams, peace be upon them, according to the report of ¯aqr ibn Ab¢-Dalaf, which has been previously cited in the book (pp. 184, Vol. 1).


 

Invocation of Curse upon the Enemies

It is worth mentioning that invocation of Almighty Allah’s curse on the enemies of the Holy Imams can be said in any language or form. However, the most appropriate form may be the following, which is quoted from some validly reported supplications:

اَللَّهُمَّ ٱلْعَنْ قَتَلَةَ امِيرِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ

all¡humma il`an qatalata am¢ri almu'min¢na

O Allah, pour curses on the slayers of the Commander of the Faithful,

وَقَتَلَةَ ٱلْحَسَنِ وَٱلْحُسَيْنِ عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلسَّلاَمُ

wa qatalata al¦asani wal¦usayni `alayhimu alssal¡mu

the slayers of al-°asan and al-°usayn, peace be upon them,

وَقَتَلَةَ اهْلِ بَيْتِ نَبِيِّكَ

wa qatalata ahli bayti nabiyyika

and the slayers of the members of Your Prophet’s Household.

اَللَّهُمَّ ٱلْعَنْ اعْدَاءَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَقَتَلَتَهُمْ

all¡humma il`an a`d¡'a ¡li mu¦ammadin wa qatalatahum

O Allah, curse the enemies and slayers of Mu¦ammad’s family members,

وَزِدْهُمْ عَذَاباً فَوْقَ ٱلْعَذَابِ

wa zid-hum `adh¡ban fawqa al`adh¡bi

add up chastisement to the chastisement that You decide for them,

وَهَوَاناً فَوْقَ هَوَانٍ

wa haw¡nan fawqa haw¡nin

add up humility to the humility that You decide for them,

وَذُلاًّ فَوْقَ ذُلٍّ

wa dhullan fawqa dhullin

add up disgrace to the disgrace that You decide for them,

وَخِزْياً فَوْقَ خِزْيٍ

wa khizyan fawqa khizyin

and add up ignominy to the ignominy that You decide for them.

اَللَّهُمَّ دُعَّهُمْ إِِلَىٰ ٱلنَّارِ دَعّاً

all¡humma du``hum il¡ alnn¡ri da``an

O Allah, thrust them into Hellfire with disdainful thrusting,

وَارْكِسْهُمْ فِي الِيمِ عَذَابِكَ رَكْساً

wa arkishum f¢ al¢mi `adh¡bika raksan

cast them down in the painful torment of You with violent casting,

وَٱحْشُرْهُمْ وَاتْبَاعَهُمْ إِلَىٰ جَهَنَّمَ زُمَراً

wa¦shurhm wa atb¡`ahum il¡ jahannama zumaran

and drive them and their followers to Hell in groups.


 

Supplicatory prayer After Visiting Imam al-Ri¤¡’s Tomb

In the book of Tu¦fat al-Z¡'ir, Shaykh al-Muf¢d states that it is recommended to say the following supplicatory prayer after accomplishing the prayer of visiting Imam al-Ri¤¡’s tomb:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِِنِّي اسْالُكَ يَا اللَّهُ

all¡humma inn¢ as'aluka y¡ all¡hu

O Allah, I beseech You, O Allah

ٱلدَّائِمُ فِي مُلْكِهِ

aldd¡'imu f¢ mulkih¢

Who is permanent in His kingdom,

ٱلْقَائِمُ فِي عِزِّهِ

alq¡'imu f¢ `izzih¢

self-subsisting in His almightiness,

ٱلْمُطَاعُ فِي سُلْطَانِهِ

almu§¡`u f¢ sul§¡nih¢

obeyed in His authority,

ٱلْمُتَفَرِّدُ فِي كِبْرِيَائِهِ

almutafarridu f¢ kibriy¡'ih¢

unique in His pride,

ٱلْمُتَوَحِّدُ فِي دَيْمُومَةِ بَقَائِهِ

almutawa¦¦idu f¢ daym£miyyati baq¡'ih¢

one and only in the perpetuity of His intransience,

ٱلْعَادِلُ فِي بَرِيَّتِهِ

al`¡dilu f¢ bariyyatih¢

fair with His creatures,

ٱلْعَالِمُ فِي قَضِيَّتِهِ

al`¡limu f¢ qa¤iyyatih¢

knowing of His issue,

ٱلْكَرِيمُ فِي تَاخِيرِ عُقُوبَتِهِ

alkar¢mu f¢ ta'kh¢ri `uq£batih¢

and noble in delaying His punishment.

إِِلٰهِي حَاجَاتِي مَصْرُوفَةٌ إِِلَيْكَ

il¡h¢ ¦¡j¡t¢ ma¥r£fatun ilayka

O my God, my requests are aimed at You

وَآمَالِي مَوْقُوفَةٌ لَدَيْكَ

wa ¡m¡l¢ mawq£fatun ladayka

and my hopes are addressed to You exclusively.

وَكُلَّ مَا وَفَّقْتَنِي مِنْ خَيْرٍ

wa kulla m¡ waffaqtan¢ min khayrin

As to all items of goodness that You have granted me the success to attain,

فَانْتَ دَلِيلِي عَلَيْهِ وَطَرِيقِي إِِلَيْهِ

fa'nta dal¢l¢ `alayhi wa §ar¢q¢ ilayhi

it is You Who is my guide to them and my path towards them.

يَا قَدِيراً لاََ تَؤُودُهُ ٱلْمَطَالِبُ

y¡ qad¢ran l¡ ta'£duh£ alma§¡libu

O Omnipotent Who cannot be thwarted by requests!

يَا مَلِيّاً يَلْجَا إِِلَيْهِ كُلُّ رَاغِبٍ

y¡ maliyyan yalja'u ilayhi kullu r¡ghibin

O All-encompassing to Whom desirous ones resort!

مَا زِلْتُ مَصْحُوباً مِنْكَ بِٱلنِّعَمِ

m¡ ziltu ma¥¦£ban minka bilnni`ami

I have been always endued with bounties from You

جَارِياً عَلَىٰ عَادَاتِ ٱلإِحْسَانِ وَٱلْكَرَمِ

j¡riyan `al¡ `¡d¡ti al-i¦s¡ni walkarami

and accustomed to receive conferrals and generosity from You.

اسْالُكَ بِٱلْقُدْرَةِ ٱلنَّافِذَةِ فِي جَمِيعِ ٱلاشْيَاءِ

as'aluka bilqudrati alnn¡fidhati f¢ jam¢`i al-ashy¡'i

I beseech You in the name of the omnipotence to which all things are applicable,

وَقَضَائِكَ ٱلْمُبْرَمِ ٱلَّذِي تَحْجُبُهُ بِايْسَرِ ٱلدُّعَاءِ

wa qa¤¡'ika almubrami alladh¢ ta¦jubuh£ bi-aysari alddu`¡'i

in the name of Your unstoppable decree that You may stop by the simplest entreaty,

وَبِٱلنَّظْرَةِ ٱلَّتِي نَظَرْتَ بِهَا إِِلَىٰ ٱلْجِبَالِ فَتَشَامَخَتْ

wa bilnna¨rati allat¢ na¨arta bih¡ il¡ aljib¡li fatash¡makhat

and in the name of the look with which You looked at the mountains and they thus towered,

وَإِِلَىٰ ٱلارَضِينَ فَتَسَطَّحَتْ

wa il¡ al-ara¤¢na fatasa§§a¦at

at the layers of the earth and they thus flattened,

وَإِِلَىٰ ٱلسَّمَاوَاتِ فَٱرْتَفَعْت

wa il¡ alssam¡w¡ti fartafa`at

at the heavens and they thus rose,

وَإِِلَىٰ ٱلْبِحَارِ فَتَفَجَّرَتْ

wa il¡ albi¦¡ri fatafajjarat

and at the seas and they thus gushed;

يَا مَنْ جَلَّ عَنْ ادَوَاتِ لَحَظَاتِ ٱلْبَشَرِ

y¡ man jalla `an adaw¡ti la¦a¨¡ti albashari

O He Who is too Majestic to have the human beings’ organs of sight

وَلَطُفَ عَنْ دَقَائِقِ خَطَرَاتِ ٱلْفِكَرِ

wa la§ufa `an daq¡'iqi kha§ar¡ti alfikari

and Who is too Subtle to be comprehended by the finest line of thinking.

لاََ تُحْمَدُ يَا سَيِّدِي إِِلاَّ بِتَوْفيقٍ مِنْكَ يَقْتَضِي حَمْداً

l¡ tu¦madu y¡ sayyid¢ ill¡ bitawf¢qin minka yaqta¤¢ ¦amdan

Whenever You, O my master, are praised, this is due to a bestowal of success that You grant and that requires (us) to praise You for it.

وَلاَ تُشْكَرُ عَلَىٰ اصْغَرِ مِنَّةٍ إِِلاَّ ٱسْتَوْجَبْتَ بِهَا شُكْراً

wa l¡ tushkaru `al¡ a¥ghari minnatin ill¡ istawjabta bih¡ shukran

Whenever You are thanked for the least of Your favors, this requires (us) to thank You for this thanking of ours for You.

فَمَتَىٰ تُحْصَىٰ نَعْمَاؤُكَ يَا إِِلٰهِي

famat¡ tu¦¥¡ na`m¡'uka y¡ il¡h¢

Then, at what time can Your bounties be calculated, O my God,

وَتُجَازَىٰ آلاَؤُكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ

wa tuj¡z¡ ¡l¡'uka y¡ mawl¡ya

or can Your errands be recompensed, O my Lord,

وَتُكَافَا صَنَائِعُكَ يَا سَيِّدِي

wa tuk¡fa'u ¥an¡'i`uka y¡ sayyid¢

or can Your favors be paid off, O my Master?

وَمِنْ نِعَمِكَ يَحْمَدُ ٱلْحَامِدُونَ

wa min ni`amika ya¦madu al¦¡mid£na

It is one of Your bounties that praisers praise You

وَمِنْ شُكْرِكَ يَشْكُرُ ٱلشَّاكِرُونَ

wa min shukrika yashkuru alshsh¡kir£na

and it is one of Your thankworthy acts that thanksgivers thank You.

وَانْتَ ٱلْمُعْتَمَدُ لِلذُّنُوبِ فِي عَفْوِكَ

wa anta almu`tamadu lildhdhun£bi f¢ `afwika

You are also the trusted for pardoning sins,

وَٱلنَّاشِرُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْخَاطِئِينَ جَنَاحَ سِتْرِكَ

walnn¡shiru `al¡ alkh¡§i'¢na jan¡¦a sitrika

the One Who stretches the wing of Your covering on the wrongdoers,

وَانْتَ ٱلْكَاشِفُ لِلضُّرِّ بِيَدِكَ

wa anta alk¡shifu lil¤¤urri biyadika

and the One Who relieves from harm with Your Hand.

فَكَمْ مِنْ سَيِّئَةٍ اخْفَاهَا حِلْمُكَ حَتَّىٰ دَخِلَتْ

fakam min sayyi'atin akhf¡h¡ ¦ilmuka ¦att¡ dakhilat

Too many have been the sins that Your forbearance concealed until they became hidden

وَحَسَنَةٍ ضَاعَفَهَا فَضْلُكَ حَتَّىٰ عَظُمَتْ عَلَيْهَا مُجَازَاتُكَ

wa ¦asanatin ¤¡`afah¡ fa¤luka ¦att¡ `a¨umat `alayh¡ muj¡z¡tuka

and too many are the good deeds that Your favoring multiplied until Your reward for them became massive.

جَلَلْتَ انْ يُخَافَ مِنْكَ إِِلاَّ ٱلْعَدْلُ

jalalta an yukh¡fa minka ill¡ al`adlu

You are too Majestic for us to anticipate anything from You save justice

وَانْ يُرْجَىٰ مِنْكَ إِِلاَّ ٱلإِحْسَانُ وَٱلْفَضْلُ

wa an yurj¡ minka ill¡ al-i¦s¡nu walfa¤lu

and to desire for anything from You save good turn and favoring.

فَٱمْنُنْ عَلَيَّ بِمَا اوْجَبَهُ فَضْلُكَ

famnun `alayya bim¡ awjabah£ fa¤luka

So, (please) endue me with the favors that are incumbent upon You on the basis of Your graciousness

وَلاَ تَخْذُلْنِي بِمَا يَحْكُمُ بِهِ عَدْلُكَ

wa l¡ takhdhuln¢ bim¡ ya¦kumu bih¢ `adluka

and do not disappoint me of that which is required by Your justice.

سَيِّدِي لَوْ عَلِمَتِ ٱلارْضُ بِذُنُوبِي لَسَاخَتْ بِي

sayyid¢ law `alimat al-ar¤u bidhun£b¢ las¡khat b¢

My Master, if the earth knew about my sins, it would swallow me;

اوِ ٱلْجِبَالُ لَهَدَّتْنِي

aw aljib¡lu lahaddatn¢

if mountains knew about them, they would collapse on me;

اوِ ٱلسَّمَاوَاتُ َلٱخْتَطَفَتْنِي

aw alssam¡w¡tu lakhta§afatn¢

if heavens knew about them, they would snatch me;

اوِ ٱلْبِحَارُ َلاَغْرَقَتْنِي

aw albi¦¡ru la'aghraqatn¢

and if oceans knew about them, they would down me!

سَيِّدِي سَيِّدِي سَيِّدِي

sayyid¢ sayyid¢ sayyid¢

My Master! My Master! My Master!

مَوْلاَيَ مَوْلاَيَ مَوْلاَيَ

mawl¡ya mawl¡ya mawl¡ya

My Lord! My Lord! My Lord!

قَدْ تَكَرَّرَ وُقُوفِي لِضِيَافَتِكَ

qad takarrara wuq£f¢ li¤iy¡fatika

Frequent has been my standing up in Your hospitability;

فَلاَ تَحْرِمْنِي مَا وَعَدْتَ ٱلْمُتَعَرِّضِينَ لِمَسْالَتِكَ

fal¡ ta¦rimn¢ m¡ wa`adta almuta`arri¤¢na limas'alatika

so, (please) do not deprive me of that which You have promised those who present themselves for praying You.

يَا مَعْرُوفَ ٱلْعَارِفيِنَ

y¡ ma`r£fa al`¡rif¢na

O Well-known by the cognitive ones!

يَا مَعْبُودَ ٱلْعَابِدينَ

y¡ ma`b£da al`¡bid¢na

O Served by the worshippers!

يَا مَشْكُورَ ٱلشَّاكِرينَ

y¡ mashk£ra alshsh¡kir¢na

O Thanked by the thanksgivers!

يَا جَلِيسَ ٱلذَّاكِرِينَ

y¡ jal¢sa aldhdh¡kir¢na

O Present in the sessions of the mindful ones!

يَا مَحْمُودَ مَنْ حَمِدَهُ

y¡ ma¦m£da man ¦amidah£

O Praised by the praisers of Him!

يَا مَوْجُودَ مَنْ طَلَبَهُ

y¡ mawj£da man §alabah£

O Nearby to those who seek for Him!

يَا مَوْصُوفَ مَنْ وَحَّدَهُ

y¡ maw¥£fa man wa¦¦adah£

O Described by those who profess His Oneness!

يَا مَحْبُوبَ مَنْ احَبَّهُ

y¡ ma¦b£ba man a¦abbah£

O Dearest of those who love Him!

يَا غَوْثَ مَنْ ارَادَهُ

y¡ ghawtha man ar¡dah£

O Aide of those who require Him!

يَا مَقْصُودَ مَنْ انَابَ إِِلَيْهِ

y¡ maq¥£da man an¡ba ilayhi

O Purpose of those who turn to Him frequently!

يَا مَنْ لاََ يَعْلَمُ ٱلْغَيْبَ إِِلاَّ هُوَ

y¡ man l¡ ya`lamu alghayba ill¡ huwa

O He save Whom none knows the hidden!

يَا مَنْ لاََ يَصْرِفُ ٱلسُّوءَ إِِلاَّ هُوَ

y¡ man l¡ ya¥rifu alss£'a ill¡ huwa

O He save Whom none fends off evil!

يَا مَنْ لاََ يُدَبِّرُ ٱلامْرَ إِِلاَّ هُوَ

y¡ man l¡ yudabbiru al-amra ill¡ huwa

O He save Whom none manages the affairs!

يَا مَنْ لاََ يَغْفِرُ ٱلذَّنْبَ إِِلاَّ هُوَ

y¡ man l¡ yaghfiru aldhdhanba ill¡ huwa

O He save Whom none forgives sins!

يَا مَنْ لاََ يَخْلُقُ ٱلْخَلْقَ إِِلاَّ هُوَ

y¡ man l¡ yakhluqu alkhalqa ill¡ huwa

O He save Whom none creates the created beings!

يَا مَنْ لاََ يُنَزِّلُ ٱلْغَيْثَ إِِلاَّ هُوَ

y¡ man l¡ yunazzilu alghaytha ill¡ huwa

O He save Whom none brings down rain!

صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

Pour down blessings upon Mu¦ammad and Mu¦ammad’s Household

وَٱغْفِرْ لِي يَا خَيْرَ ٱلْغَافِرِينَ

waghfir l¢ y¡ khayra algh¡fir¢na

and forgive me, O best of all forgivers.

رَبِّ إِِنِّي اسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ حَيَاءٍ

rabbi inn¢ astaghfiruka istighf¡ra ¦ay¡'in

O my Lord, I do implore for Your forgiveness timidly.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ رَجَاءٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra raj¡'in

I implore for Your forgiveness hopefully.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ إِِنَابَةٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra in¡batin

I implore for Your forgiveness turning to You frequently.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ رَغْبَةٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra raghbatin

I implore for Your forgiveness desiring for You.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ رَهْبَةٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra rahbatin

I implore for Your forgiveness, fearing You.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ طَاعَةٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra §¡`atin

I implore for Your forgiveness obediently.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ إِيـمَانٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra ¢m¡nin

I implore for Your forgiveness having faith in You.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ إِِقْرَارٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra iqr¡rin

I implore for Your forgiveness professing of You.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ إِِخْلاَصٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra ikhl¡¥in

I implore for Your forgiveness sincerely.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ تَقْوىٰ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra taqw¡

I implore for Your forgiveness piously.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ تَوَكُّلٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra tawakkulin

I implore for Your forgiveness, having full trust in You.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ ذِلَّةٍ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra dhillatin

I implore for Your forgiveness, showing submission to You.

وَاسْتَغْفِرُكَ ٱسْتِغْفَارَ عَامِلٍ لَكَ

wa astaghfiruka istighf¡ra `¡milin laka

I implore for Your forgiveness, dedicating all my acts to You

هَارِبٍ مِنْكَ إِِلَيْكَ

h¡ribin minka ilayka

and fleeing from You towards You.

فَصَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

fa¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

So, (please) pour down blessings upon Mu¦ammad and Mu¦ammad’s Household

وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ

wa tub `alayya wa `al¡ w¡lidayya

and accept my and my parents’ repentance

بِمَا تُبْتَ وَتَتُوبُ عَلَىٰ جَمِيعِ خَلْقِكَ

bim¡ tubta wa tat£bu `al¡ jam¢`i khalqika

through the means by which You did and will accept the repentance of all Your creatures.

يَا ارْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ

y¡ ar¦ama alrr¡¦im¢na

O most merciful of all those who show mercy!

يَا مَنْ يُسَمَّىٰ بِٱلْغَفُورِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

y¡ man yusamm¡ bilghaf£ri alrra¦¢mi

O He Who is called the All-forgiving, the All-merciful.

يَا مَنْ يُسَمَّىٰ بِٱلْغَفُورِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

y¡ man yusamm¡ bilghaf£ri alrra¦¢mi

O He Who is called the All-forgiving, the All-merciful.

يَا مَنْ يُسَمَّىٰ بِٱلْغَفُورِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

y¡ man yusamm¡ bilghaf£ri alrra¦¢mi

O He Who is called the All-forgiving, the All-merciful.

صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

Pour down blessings upon Mu¦ammad and Mu¦ammad’s Household,

وَٱقْبَلْ تَوْبَتِي

waqbal tawbat¢

accept my repentance,

وَزَكِّ عَمَلِي

wa zakki `amal¢

purify my deed,

وَٱشُكرْ سَعْيِي

washkur sa`y¢

appreciate my efforts,

وَٱرْحَمْ ضَرَاعَتِي

war¦am ¤ar¡`at¢

have mercy upon my imploration,

وَلاَ تَحْجُبْ صَوْتِي

wa l¡ ta¦jub ¥awt¢

do not interdict my voice,

وَلاَ تُخَيِّبْ مَسْالَتِي

wa l¡ tukhayyib mas'alat¢

and do not frustrate my prayers.

يَا غَوْثَ ٱلْمُسْتَغِيثِينَ

y¡ ghawtha almustagh¢th¢na

O Aide of those who seek aid!

وَابْلِغْ ائِمَّتِي سَلاَمِي وَدُعَائِي

wa abligh a'immat¢ sal¡m¢ wa du`¡'¢

And (please) convey my salutations and my prayers to my Leaders,

وَشَفِّعْهُمْ فِي جَمِيعِ مَا سَالْتُكَ

wa shaffi`hum f¢ jam¢`i m¡ sa'altuka

accept their intercession for me with You in all of that which I have asked You for,

وَاوْصِلْ هَدِيَّتِي إِِلَيْهِمِ كَمَا يَنْبَغي لَهُمْ

wa aw¥il hadiyyat¢ ilayhim kam¡ yanbagh¢ lahum

deliver my present to them in a way befitting their status,

وَزِدْهُمْ مِنْ ذٰلِكَ مَا يَنْبَغِي لَكَ

wa zid-hum min dh¡lika m¡ yanbagh¢ laka

and multiply that for them in a way befitting You

بِاضْعَافٍ لاََ يُحْصِيهَا غَيْرُكَ

bi'a¤`¡fin l¡ yu¦¥¢h¡ ghayruka

with such folds that cannot be counted by anyone other than You.

وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِِلاَّ بِٱللَّهِ ٱلْعَلِيِّ ٱلْعَظِيمِ

wa l¡ ¦awla wa l¡ quwwata ill¡ bill¡hi al`aliyyi al`a¨¢mi

There is neither might nor power except with Allah the All-High and All-great.

وَصَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ اطْيَبِ ٱلْمُرْسَلِينَ

wa ¥all¡ all¡hu `al¡ a§yabi almursal¢na

May Allah bless the purest of the Messengers

مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ

mu¦ammadin wa ¡lih¢ al§§¡hir¢na

Mu¦ammad and his Immaculate Household.

 

Al-Ziy¡rah al-Jaw¡diyyah

In his book of Bi¦¡r al-Anw¡r, `All¡mah al-Majlis¢ has quoted another form of ziy¡rah of Imam al-Ri¤¡ ('a), known as al-Ziy¡rah al-Jaw¡diyyah, from books of some ancient authors.

After mentioning this form of ziy¡rah, `All¡mah al-Majlis¢ said: You may now offer the two-unit prayer of ziy¡rah, say statements of glorification of Almighty Allah, and dedicate these as present to Imam al-Ri¤¡, peace be upon him. You may then say the following supplication:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِِنِّي اسْالُكَ يَا اللَّهُ

all¡humma inn¢ as'aluka y¡ all¡hu

O Allah, I beseech You, O Allah

ٱلدَّائِمُ فِي مُلْكِهِ…

aldd¡'imu f¢ mulkih¢…

Who is permanent in His kingdom…

Hence, he cited the aforesaid supplicatory prayer wholly.

Whenever one visits Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) with this form of ziy¡rah (i.e. al-Ziy¡rah al-Jaw¡diyyah), it is highly advised not to miss saying this supplicatory prayer after it.


 

Another Form of Ziy¡rah of Imam al-Ri¤¡

Ibn Qawlawayh reported one of the Holy Imams (`a) to have said: When you reach the tomb of Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a), you may say the following supplicatory words there:

اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ عَلِيِّ بْنِ مُوسَىٰ

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ `aliyyi bni m£s¡

O Allah, (please) send blessings upon `Al¢ the son of M£s¡,

ٱلرِّضَا ٱلْمُرْتَضَىٰ

alrri¤¡ almurta¤¡

the cordial, the well-pleased,

ٱلإِمَامِ ٱلتَّقِيِّ ٱلنَّقِيِّ

al-im¡mi alttaqiyyi alnnaqiyyi

the Imam, the pious, the bright,

وَحُجَّتِكَ عَلَىٰ مَنْ فَوْقَ ٱلارْضِ وَمَنْ تَحْتَ ٱلثَّرَىٰ

wa ¦ujjatika `al¡ man fawqa al-ar¤i wa man ta¦ta alththar¡

Your argument against whoever is above the earth and whoever is beneath the dust,

ٱلصِّدِّيقِ ٱلشَّهِيدِ

al¥¥id¢qi alshshah¢di

and the ever-truthful and martyr

صَلاَةً كَثِيرَةً تَامَّةً زَاكِيَةً

¥al¡tan kath¢ratan t¡mmatan z¡kiyatan

with such blessings that are very much, perfect, purified,

مُتَوَاصِلَةً مُتَوَاتِرَةً مُتَرَادِفَةً

mutaw¡¥ilatan mutaw¡tiratan mutar¡difatan

continuous, uninterrupted, and consecutive,

كَافْضَلِ مَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَىٰ احَدٍ مِنْ اوْلِيَائِكَ

ka'af¤ali m¡ ¥allayta `al¡ a¦adin min awliy¡'ika

and with the best form of blessings that You have ever bestowed upon any of Your intimate servants.


 

Another Form of Ziy¡rah of Imam al-Ri¤¡

In his book of al-Muqni`ah, Shaykh al-Muf¢d, reporting this form of ziy¡rah, has said:

After performing the ritual bathing of ziy¡rah and putting on the purest of your clothes, you may stop at the tomb of Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) and say the following words:

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَلِيَّ ٱللَّهِ وَٱبْنَ وَلِيِّهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ waliyya all¡hi wabna waliyyih¢

Peace be upon you, O Allah’s authority and son of His authority.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ ٱللَّهِ وَٱبْنَ حُجَّتِهِ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ ¦ujjata all¡hi wabna ¦ujjatih¢

Peace be upon you, O Allah’s argument and son of His argument.

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا إِِمَامَ ٱلْهُدَىٰ وَٱلْعُرْوَةُ ٱلْوُثْقَىٰ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ im¡ma alhud¡ wal`urwatu alwuthq¡

Peace be upon you, O leader to true guidance and firmest handle (of Islam).

وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

wa ra¦matu all¡hi wa barak¡tuh£

Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

اشْهَدُ انَّكَ مَضَيْتَ عَلَىٰ مَا مَضَىٰ عَلَيْهِ آبَاؤُكَ ٱلطَّاهِرُونَ

ashhadu annaka ma¤ayta `al¡ m¡ ma¤¡ `alayhi ¡b¡'uka al§§¡hir£na

I bear witness that you passed away carrying the same principles on which your immaculate fathers had passed away.

صَلَوَاتُ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْهِمْ

¥alaw¡tu all¡hi `alayhim

Allah’s blessings be upon them.

لَمْ تُؤْثِرْ عَمىٰ عَلَىٰ هُدىٰ

lam tu'thir `aman `al¡ hudan

You never preferred blindness to true guidance

وَلَمْ تَمِلْ مِنْ حَقٍّ إِلَىٰ بَاطِلٍ

wa lam tamil min ¦aqqin il¡ b¡§ilin

and never slanted from right to wrong.

وَانَّكَ نَصَحْتَ لِلَّهِ وَلِرَسُولِهِ

wa annaka na¥a¦ta lill¡hi wa liras£lih¢

And you acted for the sake of Allah and His Messenger sincerely

وَادَّيْتَ ٱلامَانَةَ

wa addayta al-am¡nata

and fulfilled the trust.

فَجَزَاكَ ٱللَّهُ عَنِ ٱلإِسْلاَمِ وَاهْلِهِ خَيْرَ ٱلْجَزَاءِ

fajaz¡ka all¡hu `an al-isl¡mi wa ahlih¢ khayra aljaz¡'i

May Allah reward you on behalf of Islam and its embracers with the most favorable reward.

اتَيْتُكَ بِابِي وَامِّي زَائراً

ataytuka bi'ab¢ wa umm¢ z¡'iran

I have come to you—may my father and mother be accepted as ransoms for you—visiting you,

عَارِفاً بِحَقِّكَ

`¡rifan bi¦aqqika

recognizing your right,

مُوَالِياً لاِوْلِيَائِكَ

Muw¡liyan li'awliy¡'ika

declaring loyalty to your loyalists,

مُعَادِياً لاِعْدَائِكَ

mu`¡diyan li'a`d¡'ika

and showing enmity towards your enemies.

فَٱشْفَعْ لِي عِنْدَ رَبِّكَ

fashfa` l¢ `inda rabbika

So, intercede for me with your Lord.

You may then throw yourself at the tomb, kiss it, put your both cheeks on it, turn to the side of the Imam’s head, and say the following words:

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ mawl¡ya

Peace be upon you, O my master,

يَا بْنَ رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ

yabna ras£li all¡hi

O son of Allah’s Messenger.

وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

wa ra¦matu all¡hi wa barak¡tuh£

Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

اشْهَدُ انَّكَ ٱلإِمَامُ ٱلْهَادِي

ashhadu annaka al-im¡mu alh¡d¢

I bear witness that you are verily the guiding leader

وَٱلْوَلِيُّ ٱلْمُرْشِدُ

walwaliyyu almurshidu

and the directing saint.

ابْرَا إِِلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ مِنْ اعْدَائِكَ

abra'u il¡ all¡hi min a`d¡'ika

I repudiate your enemies in the presence of Allah

وَاتَقَرَّبُ إِِلَىٰ اللَّهِ بِوِلاَيَتِكَ

wa ataqarrabu il¡ all¡hi biwil¡yatika

and seek nearness to Allah through declaring loyalty to you.

صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ

¥all¡ all¡hu `alayka

May Allah bless you.

وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

wa ra¦matu all¡hi wa barak¡tuh£

Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

You may then offer the two-unit prayer of ziy¡rah after which you may offer any prayers you wish.

You may then turn to the side of the Imam’s foot and pray Almighty Allah for anything you want.


 

Ziy¡rah on Special Times

A great reward is gained when Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) is visited at the hours and on the occasions that are related to him, especially in the month of Rajab, on the twenty-third and twenty-fifth of Dhu’l-Qa`dah, and on the sixth of Rama¤¡n, as well as other days that are related to Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a), as has been previously detailed within the acts on these days mentioned in the previous section of this book.


 

Bidding Farewell to Imam al-Ri¤¡

When you intend to leave and bid farewell to the Imam, you may say the same form, which has been cited for bidding farewell to the Holy Prophet (¥). This form is as follows:

لاَ جَعَلَهُ ٱللَّهُ آخِرَ تَسْلِيمِي عَلَيْكَ

l¡ ja`alah£ all¡hu ¡khira tasl¢m¢ `alayka

Allah may not decide this compliment of me to be the last.

You may then add the following words:

اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَلِيَّ ٱللَّهِ وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ waliyya all¡hi wa ra¦matu all¡hi wa barak¡tuh£

Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you, O Allah’s authority.

اَللَّهُمَّ لاََ تَجْعَلْهُ آخِرَ ٱلْعَهْدِ

all¡humma l¡ taj`alhu ¡khira al`ahdi

O Allah, (please) do not decide this visit

مِنْ زِيَارَتِي ٱبْنَ نَبِيِّكَ وَحُجَّتَكَ عَلَىٰ خَلْقِكَ

min ziy¡rat¢ ibna nabiyyika wa ¦ujjataka `al¡ khalqika

to be the last of my visit to the son of Your Prophet and Your argument against Your creatures.

وَٱجْمَعْنِي وَإِِيَّاهُ فِي جَنَّتِكَ

wajma`n¢ wa iyy¡hu f¢ jannatika

Include me with him in Your Paradise

وَٱحْشُرْنِي مَعَهُ وَفِي حِزْبِهِ

wa¦shurn¢ ma`ah£ wa f¢ ¦izbih¢

and involve me with him and with his group

مَعَ ٱلشُّهَدَاءِ وَٱلصَّالِحِينَ

ma`a alshshuhad¡'i wal¥¥¡li¦¢na

with the martyrs and the righteous ones;

وَحَسُنَ اولٰئِكَ رَفِيقاً

wa ¦asuna ul¡'ika raf¢qan

and excellent the companionship of these is.

وَاسْتَوْدِعُكَ ٱللَّهَ وَاسْتَرْعِيكَ

wa astawdi`uka all¡ha wa astar`¢ka

I entrust you with Allah, ask Him to keep you under His custody,

وَاقْرَا عَلَيْكَ ٱلسَّلاَمَ

wa aqra'u `alayka alssal¡ma

and invoke His blessings upon you.

آمَنَّا بِٱللَّهِ وَبِٱلرَّسُولِ

¡mann¡ bill¡hi wa bilrras£li

We believe in Allah, in the Messenger,

وَبِمَا جِئْتَ بِهِ وَدَلَلْتَ عَلَيْهِ

wa bim¡ ji'ta bih¢ wa dalalta `alayhi

and in whatever you have come with and instructed.

فَٱكْتُبْنَا مَعَ ٱلشَّاهِدِينَ

faktubn¡ ma`a alshsh¡hid¢na

So, (please) write us down with those who bear witness.


 

Granting the Requests at Imam al-Ri¤¡’s Tomb

In this respect, it seems appropriate to mention a few matters, as follows:

First: According to an acceptable chain of authority, Imam `Al¢ al-Naq¢ (al-H¡d¢) is reported to have said, “Whoever has an urgent need to be granted by Almighty Allah, may visit the tomb of my grandfather al-Ri¤¡ in ±£s and, after bathing himself, offer a two-unit prayer at the side of his head and mention his need in the supplication (qun£t) of the prayer. Doing so, his need will be granted unless it results in an act of disobedience to Him or a rupture of relations with the relatives. Verily, the place of his tomb is an area of Paradise. Any faithful believer who visits him will be saved from Hellfire and allowed to enter Paradise by Almighty Allah.”


 

¯al¡t Ja`far at Imam al-Ri¤¡’s Tomb

Second: `All¡mah al-Majlis¢ has reported the following from a statement handwritten by the sublime Shaykh °usayn ibn `Abd al-¯amad the father of Shaykh al-Bah¡'¢:


 

Shaykh Abu’l-±ayyib °usayn ibn A¦mad al-R¡z¢, the jurisprudent, has mentioned that whoever visits Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) or any other Imam and performs there the famous prayer known as ¯al¡t Ja`far, will have the reward of one who has gone on ritual ¦ajj for thousand times, gone on ritual `umrah for one thousand times, manumitted one thousand slaves for the sake of Allah, and participated in a holy war with a missioned Prophet one thousand times for each unit of prayer he performs. For each step that he makes, he will be granted the reward of one hundred times of going on ritual ¦ajj and one hundred times of going on ritual `umrah; and he will also gain the rewards of doing one hundred good deeds and one hundred punishable sins of him will be erased.

The method of ¯al¡t Ja`far has been previously cited in this book within the recommended acts on Fridays (pp. 160 of Vol. 1).


 

Imam al-Ri¤¡’s Journey to Khur¡s¡n

Third: Mu¦awwil al-Sajist¡n¢ is reported to have narrated the following:

When the official message of summoning Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) to be present in Khur¡s¡n (to hold the new office of crown princeship) was received (by the governor of al-Mad¢nah), Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) entered the Prophet’s Mosque to bid farewell to the Holy Prophet (¥). He repeated this act many times at each of which he would return to the Holy Prophet’s tomb and raise his voice with weeping and wailing. At one of these times, I approached, greeted, and congratulated him for the new office. The Imam (`a) greeted me back and said, “Visit me, for I will leave the vicinity of my grandfather, I will die in a strange land, and I will be buried next to H¡r£n (the `Abb¡sid ruler).”

Shaykh Y£suf ibn °¡tam al-Sh¡m¢, in his book of al-Durr al-Na¨¢m, reported the following, on the authority of a group of companions, from Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a):

“After I had prepared myself to leave al-Mad¢nah towards Khur¡s¡n, I gathered all my dependants and ordered them to weep for me in my presence so that I would hear them. I then distributed twelve thousand dinars among them and said, “I will never come back to my dependants.” I then took Ab£-Ja`far al-Jaw¡d to the mosque, put his hand on the edge of the Holy Prophet’s tomb, asked him to stick himself to the tomb, and prayed Allah to make Allah’s Messenger guard him. I then ordered all my deputies and retinue to listen to and obey him and warned them against disobeying him, because he would be my representative among them.”

Sayyid `Abd al-Kar¢m ibn ±¡w£s has reported that when al-Ma'm£n (the `Abb¡sid ruler) ordered that Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) should leave al-Mad¢nah towards Khur¡s¡n, the Imam took the way that led to al-Ba¥rah, not al-K£fah. From al-Ba¥rah, the Imam headed towards Baghdad from the way of al-K£fah. From Baghdad, the Imam headed towards the city of Qumm. When he entered this city, its people received him warmly and each one of them wanted the Imam to be his guest. However, the Imam referred the matter to his camel, saying, “My camel has been already ordered.” Hence, the camel headed for a certain house and sat at its door. The owner of this house had seen in dream that Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a) would be his guest the next day.

Soon after that, this house became one of the high esteemed places. It has now become a renowned school.


 

The Golden Chain

Shaykh al-¯ad£q has reported the following story from Is¦¡q ibn R¡hawayh:

When Abu’l-°asan al-Ri¤¡ (`a) entered the city of Naysh¡b£r and then intended to leave it, the scholars of ¦ad¢th of that city gathered around him and asked, “Will you leave us before you deliver to us a tradition (¦ad¢th) from which we may benefit?” Hence, the Imam, who was in a howdah, took his head out of the howdah and said:

سَمِعْتُ ابِي مُوسَىٰ بْنَ جَعْفَرٍ يَقُولُ:

I heard my father M£s¡ ibn Ja`far saying:

سَمِعْتُ ابِي جَعْفَرَ بْنَ مُحَمَّدٍ يَقُولُ:

I heard my father Ja`far ibn Mu¦ammad saying:

سَمِعْتُ ابِي مُحَمَّدَ بْنَ عَلِيٍّ يَقُولُ:

I heard my father Mu¦ammad ibn `Al¢ saying:

سَمِعْتُ ابِي عَلِيَّ بْنَ الْحُسَيْنِ يَقُولُ:

I heard my father `Al¢ ibn al-°usayn saying:

سَمِعْتُ ابِي الْحُسَيْنَ بْنَ عَلِيٍّ يَقُولُ:

I heard my father al-°usayn ibn `Al¢ saying:

سَمِعْتُ ابِي امِيرَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَلِيَّ بْنَ ابِي طَالِبٍ يَقُولُ:

I heard my father the Commander of the Faithful `Al¢ ibn Ab¢-±¡lib saying:

سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ يَقُولُ:

I heard the Messenger of Allah saying:

سَمِعْتُ جَبْرَئِيلَ يَقُولُ:

I heard (Archangel) Gabriel saying:

سَمِعْتُ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يَقُولُ:

I heard Allah the Almighty and All-majestic saying:

لاََ إِِلٰهَ إِِلاَّ اللَّهُ حِصْنِي، فَمَنْ دَخَلَ حِصْنِي امِنَ مِنْ عَذَابِي.

There is no god save Allah; this is My fortress. Hence, whoever enters My fortress will be saved from My chastisement.

When the caravan moved for a few steps, the Imam (`a) shouted at us:

بِشُرُوطِهَا؛ وَانَا مِنْ شُرُوطِهَا.

This is contingent upon its conditions; and I am one of these conditions.

Abu’l-¯alt has reported that when Imam al-Ri¤¡, on his way to meet al-Ma'm£n, passed by the Red Village, some of the companions said to him, “O Son of Allah’s Messenger! It is midday. Shall we perform the prayer?” So, the Imam rode off and asked for some water to do the ritual ablution. When he was informed that they did not have any water with them, the Imam scratched the ground with his hand and a quantity of water, which was enough for him and his companions to do the ritual ablution with, gushed out from there. The trace of this water is still existent up to the present day.

When the Imam entered the city of San¡bad, he reclined to the mountain from which pots were made and prayed, “O Allah! Grant them benefits from this mountain and bless whatever is hewed from it.”

The Imam then ordered them to make some pots from the rocks of that mountain for him. He then said, “You may eat no food except that which is cooked in these pots.” Since that day, people were attracted to this profession and the blessings of the Imam’s prayer have been noticed.


 

Kings Visiting Imam al-Ri¤¡’s Holy Shrine

Fourth: The author of Ma§la` al-Shams (a book of history) has mentioned that Shah `Abb¡s I (AD 1588–1629) resided in Mashhad on the twenty-fifth of Dhu’l-°ijjah, AH 1006 after `Abd al-Ra¦m¡n the Uzbek had robbed the holy shrine of Imam al-Ri¤¡, leaving nothing except the golden fence. On the twenty-eighth of the same month, Shah `Abb¡s I headed towards the city of Har¡t and brought back all the robbed things and arranged the affairs in that city. When he came back to Mashhad, he resided for a whole month during which he reconstructed the yard of Imam al-Ri¤¡’s holy shrine, conferred upon the custodians of that holy place generously, and endued them with his kindness. When he returned to Iraq, he visited Khur¡s¡n again in AH 1008 and spent the entire winter there. During this period, he had the honor of serving the holy shrine by himself.


 

Reconstruction of the Holy Shrine

Fulfilling the vow that he had made, Shah `Abb¡s I, in AH 1009, traveled to the holy shrine of Imam al-Ri¤¡ walking. He covered this long distance in twenty-eight days. When he arrived in Khur¡s¡n, he ordered to enlarge the yard of the holy shrine. At that time, the entrance to the holy shrine was from the hall known as `Al¢ Sh¢r’s Hall, which was an untidy hall to the end of one side of the holy shrine. Shah `Abb¡s I thus ordered the yard to be reconstructed in a way making this hall lie in its center. He then built another hall in the opposite side. He also built a central way that passed through the two gates of the yard and the hall and enrolled the city from its western gate to the eastern. He also dug out many springs and channels in the city. In the middle of this public central street, he dug a rivulet flowing to a big pond that he made in the center of the yard of the holy shrine to penetrate it towards the eastern side of the street.

The inscriptions found on these buildings were carved by M¢rz¡ Mu¦ammad Ri¤¡ ¯adr al-Kutt¡b, `Al¢ Ri¤¡ al-`Abb¡s¢, and Mu¦ammad Ri¤¡ al-Im¡m¢.

Shah `Abb¡s I also gilded the blessed dome, as is known from the inscription carved on this dome and reading the following: “In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful. This is one of the greatest successful matters that Allah the All-glorified has granted to the greatest Sultan, the lord of the Iranians, the owner of the Prophetic immaculate lineage and the `Al¢d dazzling pedigree, who seeks blessings from the dust of the feet of the custodians of this Divinely purified shrine and the visitors of this Paradisiacal, shining garden, and who propagates the traditions of his infallible forefathers, the Safavid Sultan and the son of the Sultan, Abu’l-Mu¨affar Shah `Abb¡s al-°usayn¢ al-M£saw¢ Bah¡dir Kh¡n who had the pleasure to walk on feet from the sultanate house in I¥fah¡n to visit this most honorable sanctuary. He had the honor of gilding this dome from his purest money in AH 1010. This was finished in AH 1016.”


 

Miracles shown in Imam al-Ri¤¡’s Holy Shrine

In his book of I`l¡m al-War¡ bi-A`l¡m al-Hud¡, al-±abris¢, after mentioning some miracles of Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a), states the following:

“The miraculous blessings of Imam al-Ri¤¡’s holy shrine that were shown to people after his demise, as well as the signs and marvelous matters that the creatures saw in that place and to which the general and the elite people submitted and of which the dissidents and the adherents (of him) confessed up to this day are too many to be counted. In that holy shrine, blind and leprous people were cured, prayers were responded, requests were granted, and intricate matters were relieved. We have certainly seen many examples of these miracles without doubt.”

In his book of Ithb¡t al-Hud¡t, the sublime Shaykh al-°urr al-`ªmil¢, after quoting the aforesaid statement of al-±abris¢, says the following:

“The author of this book, Mu¦ammad ibn al-°asan al-°urr, says: I myself have seen many of such miracles as Shaykh al-±abris¢ did and I have been certain of them as Shaykh al-±abris¢ was. That was during my neighborhood of the holy shrine for twenty-six years. I have also heard about such miracles in such a certain way that it exceeds the uninterruptability of the chains of authority. I cannot remember that I would not be granted any request that I prayed for in this holy shrine. All praise be to Allah for so. However, because details of this topic are too lengthy to be mentioned in this book, I am resorting to mentioning a summary of it.”

Shaykh `Abb¡s al-Qumm¢, the author of this book, says: We do not need to mention the miraculous things that were shown from this sacred Paradisiacal place in the past and that have been taking place in every age. In Section Two of this book, within the recommended rites at the twenty-seventh night of Rajab, I have cited a discussion related to this topic.

Let us close up this chapter with mentioning a couple of poetic verses composed by al-J¡m¢, praising Imam al-Ri¤¡ (`a):

Peace be upon the family of ±¡h¡ and Y¡s¢n.

Peace be upon the family of the Prophets.

Peace be upon a garden in which resided,

an Imam about whom kingship and religion are boasted.

 

 

Ziyarah of Imam al-Riza (a.s)([1]) in RAJAB  PDF

It is highly advisable to visit the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Riza (a.s) in Rajab, since it enjoys a special rank in this month:

Whenever you intend to visit Imam al-Riza (a.s) in ±us, then perform the ritual bath before you leave your house (at your hometown) and say the following while you are performing the ritual bath:

اَللَّهُمَّ طَهِّرْنِي وَطَهِّرْ قَلْبِي

allahumma tahhirne wa-tahhir qalbe

O God! Please cleanse me, and cleanse my heart!

وَاشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي

wa’shrah le sadre

(Please) ‘expand my breast’,

وَأَجْرِ عَلَى لِسَانِي مِدْحَتَكَ وَالثَّنَاءَ عَلَيْكَ

wa’ajri ‘ala lisane midhatika wa-ththana’i ‘alayka

and let Thy praise and eulogy flow out from my tongue

فإنَّهُ لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إلاَّ بِكَ.

fa’innahu la hawla wa la quwwata illa bika.

since indeed there is no power but in Thee.

اَللّهُمَّ اجْعَلْهُ لِي طَهُوراً وَشِفاءً.

allahumma-j’alhu le tahuran wa-shifa’a(n)

O God! Please establish it as a means of cleansing and treatment for me.

Say the following as you leave your house:

بِسْم اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

bismil-lahir-rahmanir-rahem.

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

بِسْمِ اللهِ، وَبِاللهِ،

bismillahi wa-billahi

In the name of God. By God,

وَإلَى اللهِ، وَإلِى ابْنِ رَسُولِ اللهِ.

wa-ilal-lahi wa-ilabni rasulil-lahi

I turn to God and towards the son of God’s Prophet.

حَسْبِيَ اللهُ، تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللهِ.

hasbiyal-lahu tawakkaltu ‘alal-lahi

God suffices me, and I rely on God.

اَللَّهُمَّ إلَيكَ تَوَجَّهْتُ، وَإلَيْكَ قَصَدْتُ،

allahumma ilayka tawajjahtu wa-ilayka qasadtu

O God! I have set out to Thee. And I have directed toward You,

وَما عِندَكَ أرَدْتُ.

wa-ma ‘indaka aradtu.

And I have decided (to get) what is near Thee.

When you go out stop at the door of your house and say:

اللّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِي،

allahumma ilayka wajjahtu wajhe

O God! I have turned my face towards Thee.

 وَعَلَيْكَ خَلَّفْتُ أَهْلِي وَمَالِي وَولدِي وَمَا خَوَّلْتَنِي،

wa’alayka khallaftu ahle wa-male wa-walade wa-ma khawwaltane

And I have left behind my family, wealth and whatever Thee have granted me.

 وَبِكَ وَثِقْتُ فَلا تُخَيِّبْنِي يَا مَنْ لا يُخَيَّبُ مَنْ أَرَادَهُ،

wa-bika wathiqtu fala tukhayyibne ya man la yukhayyabu man aradahu

I have trusted Thee. Then (please) do not turn me into a loser, O the One who would not make a loser anyone whom Thee wish,

 وَلا يُضَيَّعُ مَنْ حَفِظَهُ،

wa-la yuzayya’u man hafizhahu

and will not ruin whatever he possesses.

 صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

salli ‘ala muhammadin wa-ali muhammadin

Blessings be upon Muhammad and Muhammad’s Household.

وَاحْفَظْنِي بِحِفْظِكَ

wa-hfazhne bi-hifzhika

And (please) guard me under Thy custody

فَإِنَّهُ لا يَضِيعُ مَنْ حَفِظْتَ.

fa-innahu la yaze`u man hafizht(a).

since nothing that Thee guard gets ruined.

Then whenever you want to go to visit, perform the ritual bathing and while you are bathing say:

اللّهُمَّ طَهِّرْنِي،

allahumma tahhirne

O God! Please cleanse me,

وَطَهِّرْ لِي قَلْبِي،

wa-tahhir qalbe

and cleanse my heart!

وَاشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي،

wa’shrah le sadre

(Please) ‘expand my breast’;

وَأَجْرِ عَلَى لِسَانِي مِدْحَتَكَ وَمَحَبَّتَكَ وَالثَّنَاءَ عَلَيْكَ،

wa-ajri ‘ala lisane mid-hatika wa-mahabbatika wa’th-thana`i ‘alayka

and let Thy praise, love and eulogy flow out from my tongue

فَإِنَّهُ لا قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِكَ،

fa-innahu la quwwata illa bika

since indeed there is no power but in Thee.

وَقَدْ عَلِمْتُ أَنَّ قِوَامَ دِينِي التَّسْلِيمُ لأَمْرِكَ،

wa-qad ‘alimtu anna qiwama dene al-taslemu li-amrika

I have indeed realized that the strength of my religion depends upon my submission to Thy decrees,

وَالإتِّبَاعُ لِسُنَّةِ نَبِيِّكَ،

walit-tiba’u li-sunnati nabiyyika

and the following of Thy Prophet’s traditions,

وَالشَّهَادَةُ عَلَى جَمِيعِ خَلْقِكَ،

wash-shahadatu ‘ala jame’i khalqika

and bearing witness (to this) for all Thy creatures.

اللّهُمَّ اجْعَلْهُ لِي شِفَاءً وَنُوراً

allahumma-j’alhu le shifa`an wa-nuran

O God! Please establish it as a means of healing for me, and as a light,

إِنَّكَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ.

innaka ‘ala kulli shay’in qader.

since Thee are capable of all things.

Then put on your cleanest clothes.

Walk with bare feet, with calmness, dignity, exaltation, acclamation and glorification of God; that is, you may repeat the following statements:

اللّهُ أَكْبَرُ،

allahu akbaru

Allah is the Most Great

لا إِلهَ إِلاَّ اللّهُ،

la ilaha illallahu

There is no god save Allah

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ،

subhanallahi

All glory be to Allah

الْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ.

alhamdu lillahi

All praise be to Allah

Take short steps and while you are entering (the holy shrine) say:

بِسْم اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ

bismillahir-rahmanir-rahem

In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

بِسْمِ اللّهِ،  وَبِاللّهِ،

bismil-lahi wa-billahi

In the name of God and by God

 وَعَلَى مِلَّةِ رَسُولِ اللّهِ صَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ،

wa-‘ala millati rasulil-lahi sallal-lahu ‘alayhi wa-alih.

and to the nation of God’s Prophet: God’s blessings be upon him and his Household.

 أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لا إِلهَ إِلاَّ اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ،

ash-hadu an-la ilaha wahdahu la shareka lahu

I bear witness that there is no god but Allah. He is One and He has no partners.

 وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ،

wa-ash-hadu anna muhammadan ‘abduhu wa-rasuluhu

And I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.

 وَأَنَّ عَلِيّاً وَلِيُّ اللّهِ.

wa-anna ‘aliyyan waliyyu’l-lah.

And I bear witness that Ali is God’s friend.

Then walk until you stop at his tomb. Then face him by turning your back towards the Qibla (prayer direction) and say:

أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لا إِلهَ إِلاَّ اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِيكَ لَهُ،

ash-hadu an la ilaha illal-lahu wahdahu la shareka lahu

I bear witness that there is no god but God, the One; and there are no partners for Him.

 وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ،

wa-ash-hadu anna muhammadan ‘abduhu wa-rasuluhu

I bear witness that Muhammad is His Servant and His Messenger.

 وَأَنَّهُ سَيِّدُ الأَوَّلِينَ وَالآخِرِينَ،

wa-annahu sayyidu’l-awwalena wa’l-akhirena

Verily, he is the Master of all those of old and those of later times.

 وَأَنَّهُ سَيِّدُ الأَنْبِيَاءِ وَالْمُرْسَلِينَ.

wa-annahu sayyidu’l-anbiya`i wa’l-mursalen.

Verily, he is the Master of the Prophets and the Messengers.

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ

allahumma salli ‘ala muhammadin

O God! God’s Blessings be upon Muhammad

عَبْدِكَ وَرَسُولِكَ

‘abdika wa-rasulika

Thy Servant; Thy Messenger,

وَنَبِيِّكَ وَسَيِّدِ خَلْقِكَ أَجْمَعِينَ

wa-nabiyyika wa-sayyidi khalqika ajma’ena

Thy Prophet and the Master of all Thy creatures

صَلاةً لا يَقْوَى عَلَى إِحْصَائِهَا غَيْرُكَ.

salatan la yaqwa ‘ala ihsa`iha ghayruka.

blessings that no one but Thee can measure.

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

allahumma salli ‘ala ameri’l-mu`minena

O God! God’s blessings be upon the Commander of the Faithful

عَلِيِّ بْنِ أَبِي طَالِبٍ

‘aliyyi-bni abe talibin

`Ale ibn Abe-±alib,

عَبْدِكَ وَأَخِي رَسُولِكَ الَّذِي انْتَجَبْتَهُ بِعِلْمِكَ،

‘abdika wa-akhe rasulika’l-ladhi-ntajabtahu bi’ilmika

Thy servant, the brother of Thy Messenger, whom Thou elected by Thy Knowledge,

 وَجَعَلْتَهُ هَادِياً لِمَنْ شِئْتَ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ،

wa-ja’altahu hadiyan liman shi`ta min khalqika

whom Thou established as a guide (to show the right path) to those of Thy creatures,

 وَالدَّلِيلَ عَلَى مَنْ بَعَثْتَهُ بِرِسَالاتِكَ،

wa’d-dalela ‘ala man ba’athtahu bi-risalatika

and as evidence for those whom Thou appointed to (deliver) Thy Message.

 وَدَيَّانَ الدِّينِ بِعَدْلِكَ وَفَصْلِ قَضَائِكَ بَيْنَ خَلْقِكَ،

wa-dayyanad-deni bi-‘adlika wa-fasli qaza`ika bayna khalqika

And he managed the affairs of the religion according to Thy (system of) justice, and applied Thy Judgments (to settle the issues which cropped up)

 وَالْمُهَيْمِنَ عَلَى ذلِكَ كُلِّهِ،

wa’l-muhaymini ‘ala dhalika kullihe

among the people whom Thee predominated thereon.

 وَالسَّلامُ عَلَيْهِ وَرَحْمَةُ اللّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ.

wa’s-salamu ‘alayhi wa-rahmatul-lahi wa-barakatuh.

And also God’s mercy and blessings be upon him.

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى فَاطِمَةَ بِنْتِ نَبِيِّكَ،

allahumma salli ‘ala fatimata binti nabiyyika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon Fatimah, the daughter of Thy Prophet,

 وَزَوْجَةِ وَلِيِّكَ،

wa-zawjati waliyyika

the wife of Thy friend,

 وَأُمِّ السِّبْطَيْنِ الْحَسَنِ وَالْحُسَيْنِ

wa-ummis-sibtayni al-hasani wa’l-husayni

the mother of the two grandsons, al-Hasan and al-Husayn,

سَيِّدَيْ شَبَابِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ،

sayyiday shababi ahlil-jannah

the Masters of Youth in Heaven.

 الطُّهْرَةِ الطَّاهِرَةِ الْمُطَهَّرَةِ

at-tuhratit-tahiratil-mutahharati

She is clean, immaculate, purified,

التَّقِيَّةِ النَّقِيَّةِ

at-taqiyyatin-naqiyyati

pious, pure,

الرَّضِيَّةِ الزَّكِيَّةِ

arraziyyatiz-zakiyyati

content, sinless

سَيِّدَةِ نِسَاءِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ أَجْمَعِينَ

sayyidati nisa`i ahlil-jannati ajma’ena

the Doyenne of all the Women of Heaven

صَلاةً لا يَقْوَى عَلَى إِحْصَائِهَا غَيْرُكَ.

salatan la yaqwa ‘ala ihsa`iha ghayruk.

blessings which no one but Thee can measure.

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى الْحَسَنِ وَالْحُسَيْنِ سِبْطَيْ نَبِيِّكَ،

allahumma salli ‘alal-hasani wal-husayni sibtay nabiyyika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon al-Hasan and al-Husayn; the two grandsons of Thy Prophet,

 وَسَيِّدَيْ شَبَابِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ،

wa-sayyiday shababi ahlil-jannati

the Masters of Youth in Heaven;

 الْقَائِمَيْنِ فِي خَلْقِكَ،

al-qa`imayni fe khalqika

Thy two established authorities among Thy creatures:

 وَالدَّلِيلَيْنِ عَلَى مَنْ بَعَثْتَ بِرِسَالاتِكَ،

wad-dalelayni ‘ala man ba’athta bi-risalatika

And they are established as two proofs for those whom Thou appointed them to (deliver) Thy Message to.

 وَدَيَّانَيِ الدِّينِ بِعَدْلِكَ،

wa-dayyanayid-deni bi-‘adlika

And they are the two who managed the affairs of the religion according to Thy (system of) justice,

 وَفَصْلَيْ قَضَائِكَ بَيْنَ خَلْقِكَ.

wa-faslay qaza`ika bayna khalqik.

and applied Thy Judgments (to settle the issues which cropped up) among Thy creatures.

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ عَبْدِكَ الْقَائِمِ فِي خَلْقِكَ،

allahumma salli ‘ala ‘aliyyib-nil-husayni ‘abdikal-qa`imi fe khalqika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon `Ale ibn al-Husayn, Thy servant, Thy established authority among Thy creatures

 وَالدَّلِيلِ عَلَى مَنْ بَعَثْتَ بِرِسَالاتِكَ،

wad-daleli ‘ala man ba’athta bi-risalatika

and as proof for those to whom Thee appointed him to (deliver) Thy Message to.

 وَدَيَّانِ الدِّينِ بِعَدْلِكَ،

wa-dayyanid-deni bi-‘adlika

And he managed the affairs of the religion according to Thy (system of) justice,

 وَفَصْلِ قَضَائِكَ بَيْنَ خَلْقِكَ سَيِّدِ الْعَابِدِينَ.

wa-fasli qaza`ika bayna khalqika sayyidil-‘abiden.

and applied Thy Judgments (to settle the issues which cropped up) among Thy creatures. He is the Master of the Worshippers.

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ عَبْدِكَ وَخَلِيفَتِكَ فِي أَرْضِكَ،

allahumma salli ‘ala muhammadib-ni ‘aliyyin ‘abdika wa-khalefatika fe arzika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon Muhammad bin `Ale - Thy servant; Thy representative on Earth;

 بَاقِرِ عِلْمِ النَّبِيِّينَ.

baqiri ‘ilmin-nabiyyen.

and the dissector of the Knowledge of the Prophets.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ الصَّادِقِ عَبْدِكَ،

allahumma salli ‘ala ja’farib-ni muhammadinis-sadiqi ‘abdika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon Ja`far ibn Muhammad as-¯adiq (the veracious) – Thy servant;

 وَوَلِيِّ دِينِكَ،

wa-waliyyi denika

the defender of Thy religion;

 وَحُجَّتِكَ عَلَى خَلْقِكَ أَجْمَعِينَ الصَّادِقِ الْبَارِّ.

wa-hujjatika ‘ala khalqika ajma’ena as-sadiqil-barr.

and Thy proof for all Thy creatures. He is the truthful, and the righteous.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُوسَى بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ عَبْدِكَ الصَّالِحِ،

allahumma salli ‘ala musab-ni ja’farin ‘abdikas-salihi

O God! (Please) send blessings upon Musa ibn Ja`far - Thy devoted servant;

 وَلِسَانِكَ فِي خَلْقِكَ،

wa-lisanika fe khalqika

Thy spokesman among Thy creatures

 النَّاطِقِ بِحُكْمِكَ وَالْحُجَّةِ عَلَى بَرِيَّتِكَ.

an-natiqi bi-hukmika wal-hujjati ‘ala bariyyatik.

speaking by Thy authority, and the proof for all Thy creatures.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى عَلِيِّ بْنِ مُوسَى الرِّضَا الْمُرْتَضَى عَبْدِكَ وَوَلِيِّ دِينِكَ،

allahumma salli ‘ala ‘aliyyib-ni musar-rizal-murtaza ‘abdika wa-waliyyi denika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon `Ale ibn Musa al-Riza–the absolute model of contentment – Thy devoted servant; the defender of Thy religion;

 الْقَائِمِ بِعَدْلِكَ،

al-qa`imi bi-‘adlika

Thy established authority of Thy justice;

 وَالدَّاعِي إِلَى دِينِكَ وَدِينِ آبَائِهِ الصَّادِقِينَ،

wad-da’e ila denika wa-deni aba`ihis-sadiqena

the caller to Thy religion and the religion of his truthful forefathers

 صَلاةً لا يَقْوَى عَلَى إِحْصَائِهَا غَيْرُكَ.

salatan la yaqwa ‘ala ihsa`iha ghayruk.

blessings that no one but Thee can measure.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ عَبْدِكَ وَوَلِيِّكَ الْقَائِمِ بِأَمْرِكَ،

allahumma salli ‘ala muhammadib-ni ‘aliyyin ‘abdika wa-waliyyika al-qa`imi bi-amrika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon Muhammad ibn `Ale - Thy servant; Thy established defender by Thy decree;

 وَالدَّاعِي إِلَى سَبِيلِكَ.

wad-da’e ila sabelik.

the caller to Thy path.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى عَلِيِّ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَبْدِكَ وَوَلِيِّكَ الْقَائِمِ بِأَمْرِكَ،

allahumma salli ‘ala ‘aliyyib-ni muhammadin ‘abdika wa-waliyyika al-qa`imi bi-amrika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon `Ale ibn Muhammad - Thy servant; Thy established authority defending Thy decree

 وَالدَّاعِي إِلَى سَبِيلِكَ.

wad-da’e ila sabelik.

and the caller to Thy path.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ الْعَامِلِ بِأَمْرِكَ،

allahumma salli ‘alal-hasanib-ni ‘aliyyinil-‘amili bi-amrika

O God! (Please) send blessings upon al-Hasan ibn `Ale – the agent acting upon Thy decrees;

 الْقَائِمِ فِي خَلْقِكَ،

al-qa`imi fe khalqika

the established authority over Thy creatures;

 وَحُجَّتِكَ الْمُؤَدِّي عَنْ نَبِيِّكَ،

wa-hujjatikal-mu`adde ‘an nabiyyika

Thy proof acting on behalf of Thy Prophet;

 وَشَاهِدِكَ عَلَى خَلْقِكَ،

wa-shahidika ‘ala khalqika

Thy witness for Thy creatures;

 الْمَخْصُوصِ بِكَرَامَتِكَ،

al-makhsusi bi-karamatika

the exclusive (receiver) of Thy munificence.

 الدَّاعِي إِلَى طَاعَتِكَ وَطَاعَةِ نَبِيِّكَ صَلَوَاتُكَ عَلَيْهِمْ أَجْمَعِينَ.

ad-da’e ila ta’atika wa-ta’ati nabiyyika salawatuka ‘alayhim ajma’en.

He is the caller to Thy obedience and obedience to Thy Prophet. May Thou send blessings upon them all.

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى حُجَّتِكَ وَوَلِيِّكَ

allahumma salli ‘ala hujjatika wa-waliyyika

O God! (Please) send blessings to Thy proof; Thy friend;

الْقَائِمِ فِي خَلْقِكَ

al-qa`imi fe khalqika

Thy established authority over Thy creatures:

صَلاةً تَامَّةً نَامِيَةً بَاقِيَةً تُعَجِّلُ بِهَا فَرَجَهُ وَتَنْصُرُهُ بِهَا،

salatan ta(a)mmatan namiyatan baqiyatan tu’ajjilu biha farajahu wa-tansuruhu biha

Blessings so perfect, developed and lasting by which Thee may expedite his arrival and make him victorious.

 وَتَجْعَلُنَا مَعَهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ.

wa-taj’aluna ma’ahu fid-dunya wal-akhirah.

And make us accompany him in this world and the Hereafter.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيْكَ بِحُبِّهِمْ،

allahumma inne ataqarrabu ilayka bi-hubbihim

O God! I seek Thy nearness through my love for them.

 وَأُوَالِي وَلِيَّهُمْ،

wa-uwale waliyyahum

I am friends with their friends

 وَأُعَادِي عَدُوَّهُمْ،

wa-u’ade ‘aduwwahum

and oppose their enemies.

 فَارْزُقْنِي بِهِمْ خَيْرَ الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ،

far-zuqne bihim khayrad-dunya wal-akhirati

Therefore grant me the good of this world and the Hereafter on their account.

 وَاصْرِفْ عَنِّي بِهِمْ شَرَّ الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ وَأَهْوَالَ يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ.

was-rif ‘anne bihim sharrad-dunya wal-akhirati wa-ahwala yawmil-qiyamah.

And on their account, fend off the evils of this world and the Hereafter from me, and the dreadful fright on the Judgment Day.

Then you sit near the position of his head and say the following:

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَلِيَّ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waliyyal-lahi,

Peace be upon you! O the friend of God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya hujjatal-lahi,

Peace be upon you! O the proof of God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا نُورَ اللّهِ فِي ظُلُمَاتِ الأَرْضِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya nural-lahi fe ¨ulumatil-arzi,

Peace be upon you! O the light of God in the darkness of the Earth!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا عَمُودَ الدِّينِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya ‘amudad-den.

Peace be upon you! O the pillar of the religion!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ آدَمَ صَفْوَةِ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha adama safwatil-lahi,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Adam - chosen by God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ نُوحٍ نَبِيِّ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha nuhin nabiyyil-lahi,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Noah - the Prophet of God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ خَلِيلِ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha ibrahema khalelil-lahi,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Abraham - the friend of God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ إِسْمَاعِيلَ ذَبِيحِ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha isma’ela dhabehil-lah,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Ishmael - the offering to God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُوسَى كَلِيمِ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha musa kalemil-lahi,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Moses - the interlocutor of God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ عِيسَى رُوحِ اللّهِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha ‘esa ruhil-lahi,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Jesus - the spirit of God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُحَمَّدٍ رَسُولِ اللّهِ.

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha muhammadin rasulil-lah.

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Muhammad - the Prophet of God!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha ameril-mu`minena

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of the Commander of the Faithful

عَلِيٍّ وَلِيِّ اللّهِ

‘aliyyin waliyyil-lahi

`Ale the friend of God

وَوَصِيِّ رَسُولِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ،

wa-wasiyyi rasuli rabbil-‘alamena,

and the Testamentary Trustee of the Messenger of the Lord of the worlds!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ فَاطِمَةَ الزَّهْرَاءِ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha fatimataz-zahra`i,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Fatimah al-Zahra'!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ الْحَسَنِ وَالْحُسَيْنِ

as-salamu ‘alayka ya warithal-hasani wal-husayni

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of al-Hasan and al-Husayn

سَيِّدَيْ شَبَابِ أَهْلِ الجَنَّةِ،

sayyiday shababi ahlil-jannah

the Masters of Youth in Paradise!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ عَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ زَيْنِ الْعَابِدِينَ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha ‘aliyyib-nil-husayni zaynil-‘abidena,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of `Ale ibn al-Husayn; the adornment of the worshippers!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ بَاقِرِ عِلْمِ الأَوَّلِينَ وَالآخِرِينَ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha muhammadib-ni ‘aliyyin baqiri ‘ilmil-awwalena wal-akhirena,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Muhammad ibn `Ale - the dissector versed in the knowledge of those of old and those of later times!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ الصَّادِقِ الْبَارِّ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha ja’farib-ni muhammadinis-sadiqil-barri,

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Ja`far ibn Muhammad the veracious, the virtuous!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَارِثَ مُوسَى بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ.

as-salamu ‘alayka ya waritha musab-ni ja’far.

Peace be upon you! O the inheritor of Musa ibn Ja`far!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا الصِّدِّيقُ الشَّهِيدُ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ayyuhas-siddeqush-shahedu,

Peace be upon you! O the truthful martyr!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا الْوَصِيُّ الْبَارُّ التَّقِيُّ،

as-salamu ‘alayka ayyuhal-wasiyyul-barrut-taqiyyu,

Peace be upon you! O the virtuous and pious trustee!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ.

as-salamu ‘alayk

Peace be upon you!

أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ قَدْ أَقَمْتَ الصَّلاةُ،

ashhadu annaka qad aqamtas-salata

I bear witness that it was indeed you who established prayers,

وَآتَيْتَ الزَّكَاةَ،

wa-ataytaz-zakata

paid the alms-tax,

وَأَمَرْتَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ،

wa-amarta bil-ma’rufi

commanded to do right,

وَنَهَيْتَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ،

wa-nahayta ‘anil-munkari

admonished against doing wrong

وَعَبَدْتَ اللّهَ مُخْلِصاً حَتَّى أَتَاكَ الْيَقِينُ.

wa-‘abadtal-laha mukhlisan hatta atakal-yaqen.

and sincerely served God until what is sure to come happened to you.

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا أَبَا الْحَسَنِ وَرَحْمَةُ اللّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

as-salamu ‘alayka ya abal-hasani wa-rahmatul-lahi wa-barakatuh,

O Abu’l-Hasan (Imam al-Riza (a.s))! Peace be upon you! And the grace of God and His blessings be upon you,

إنَّهُ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ.

innahu hamedun majed.

For He is indeed worthy of all praise, full of all glory!

لَعَنَ اللهُ أُمَّةً قَتَلَتْكَ،

la`anal-lahu ummatan qatalatka,

May God’s curse be upon the people who murdered you!

لَعَنَ اللهُ أُمَّةً ظَلَمَتْكَ،

la`anal-lahu ummatan ¨alamatka,

May God’s curse be upon the people who oppressed you!

لَعَنَ اللهُ أُمَّةً أَسَّسَتْ أَسَاسَ الظُّلْمِ وَالْجَوْرِ وَالبِدْعَةِ عَلَيْكُمْ أَهْلَ البَيْتِ.

la’anal-lahu ummatan assasat asasa¨-¨ulmi wal-jawri wal-bizati ‘alaykum ahlal-bayt.

May God’s curse be upon the people who established the foundations of oppression, tyranny and innovation against you—members of the Household (of the Prophet) (a.s)!

Then you touch the tomb and say:

اللّهُمَّ إِلَيْكَ صَمَدْتُ مِنْ أَرْضِي،

allahumma ilayka samadtu min arze

O God! I set out towards Thee from my homeland,

وَقَطَعْتُ الْبِلادَ رَجَاءَ رَحْمَتِكَ

wa-qata’tul-bilada raja`a rahmatika

and passed through many towns with the hope of receiving Thy mercy.

فَلا تُخَيِّبْنِي وَلا تَرُدَّنِي بِغَيْرِ قَضَاءِ حَاجَتِي،

fala tukhayyibne wa-la taruddane bi-ghayri qaza`i hajate

Please do not disappoint me, and do not send me back without having my needs fulfilled.

وَارْحَمْ تَقَلُّبِي عَلَى قَبْرِ ابْنِ أَخِي رَسُولِكَ

warham taqallube ‘ala qabrib-ni akhe rasulika

Have mercy upon my turning towards the tomb of the son of Thy Messenger's brother.

صَلَوَاتُكَ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ،

salawatuka ‘alayhi wa-alih.

May Thy blessings be upon him and his Household.

بِأَبِي أَنْتَ وَأُمِّي يَا مَوْلايَ

bi-abe anta wa-umme ya mawlaya

O my Master! May my parents be your ransom!

أَتَيْتُكَ زَائِراً وَافِداً

ataytuka za`iran wafidan

I have come to visit you and I have arrived.

عَائِذاً مِمَّا جَنَيْتُ عَلَى نَفْسِي،

‘a`idham-mimma janaytu ‘ala nafse

I seek refuge in you from whatever crimes I have committed against myself

وَاحْتَطَبْتُ عَلَى ظَهْرِي

wahtatabtu ‘ala ¨ahre

the burden of which I carry on my back.

فَكُنْ لِي شَافِعاً إِلَى اللّهِ يَوْمَ فَقْرِي وَفَاقَتِي،

fakun le shafi’an ilal-lahi yawma faqre wa-faqate

Then (please) intercede with God on my behalf on the Day of my poverty and destitution

فَلَكَ عِنْدَ اللّهِ مَقَامٌ مَحْمُودٌ،

falaka ‘indal-lahi maqamun mahmudun

as you enjoy an especial praiseworthy position in the presence of God.

وَأَنْتَ عِنْدَهُ وَجِيهٌ.

wa-anta ‘indahu wajeh.

He considers you to be an eminent man.

       

Then you raise your right hand up and extend your left hand towards the tomb and say:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيْكَ بِحُبِّهِمْ وَبِوِلايَتِهِمْ،

allahumma inne ataqarrabu ilayka bi-hubbihim wa-biwilayatihim,

O God! I seek Thy nearness through my love and friendship for them.

أَتَوَلَّى آخِرَهُمْ بِمَا تَوَلَّيْتُ بِهِ أَوَّلَهُمْ،

atawalla akhirahum bima tawallaytu bihe awwalahum

I love the last one of them as much as I love the first one,

وَأَبْرَأُ مِنْ كُلِّ وَلِيجَةٍ دُونَهُمْ.

wa-abra`u min kulli walejatin dunahum.

and avoid any intimate friendship with anyone but them.

اللَّهُمَّ الْعَنِ الَّذِينَ بَدَّلُوَا نِعْمَتَكَ،

allahummal-‘anil-ladhena baddalu ni’mataka

My God! (Please) curse those who altered Thy blessings,

وَاتَّهَمُوَا نَبِيَّكَ،

wat-tahamu nabiyyaka

accused Thy Prophet,

وَجَحَدُوَا بِآيَاتِكَ،

wa-jahadu bi-ayatika

denied Thy verses,

وَسَخِرُوَا بِإِمَامِكَ،

wa-sakhiru bi-imamika

mocked Thy appointed leader,

وَحَمَلُوَا النَّاسَ عَلَى أَكْتَافِ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ.

wa-hamalun-nasa ‘ala aktafi ali muhammad.

and placed the burden of the people upon the shoulders of the members of the Household of Muhammad (a.s).

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيْكَ بِاللَّعْنَةِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَالْبَرَاءَةِ مِنْهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ يَا رَحْمانُ.

allahumma inne ataqarrabu ilayka bil-la’nati ‘alayhim wal-bara`ati minhum fid-dunya wal-akhirati ya rahman.

O God! I seek Thy nearness by cursing them (your enemies), and by staying away from them in this world and in the Hereafter, O the Beneficent!

Then you turn towards the position of his feet and say:

صَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَيْكَ يَا أَبَا الْحَسَنِ،

sallal-lahu ‘alayka ya abal-hasani,

O Abu’l-Hasan! May God’s blessings be upon you!

صَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَى رُوحِكَ وَبَدَنِكَ،

sallal-lahu ‘ala ruhika wa-badanika,

May God’s blessings be upon your soul and your body!

صَبَرْتَ وَأَنْتَ الصَّادِقُ المُصَدَّقُ،

sabarta wa-antas-sadiqul-musaddaqu

You persevered. You were truthful and your truthfulness has been confirmed.

قَتَلَ اللّهُ مَنْ قَتَلَكَ بِالأَيْدِي وَالأَلْسُنِ.

qatalal-lahu man qatalaka bil-ayde wal-alsun.

May God curse whoever martyred you with his hands and tongue.

Then supplicate and curse the murderer of the Commander of the Faithful (a.s) and the murderers of al-Hasan (a.s), al-Husayn (a.s) and all those who murdered the members of the Household of the God’s Messenger (a.s). Then turn towards the position of his head from behind his back and offer two units of prayers. Recite the chapters al-Fatihah (No. 1) and Yasen (No. 36) in the first unit, and recite the chapters al-Fatihah and al-Rahman (No. 55) in the second unit. But if you have not memorized them recite the chapter al-Tawhed  (No. 112) in both units. And pray for the believing men and women, and especially pray for your parents. Also make an effort to say supplications, cry, and pray a lot for yourself, your parents and all your brethren. And stay near the position of his head as much as you wish. And you must say your prayers at the tomb.


 

[1] This form of Ziy¡rah is translated by Dr. Ali Peiravi.