Ziyarats of Imam Mahdi (ajtfs) at Samarra Sirdab

In addition to the etiquettes at the Holy Vault, this section comprises the details of visiting Imam al-Mahdi the Argument of Allah against His the servants, the left by Allah in His lands, the well-guided leader, al-Hujjah the son of al-Hasan, and the Patron of the Age. Allah’s blessings be upon him and his fathers.
The Origin of the Holy Vault
Before indulging into this topic, it seems necessary to draw attentions to a matter which I have quoted in my book of Hadiyyat al-Za'ir from the book of al-Tahiyyah. This holy vault is part of the house of Imam al-Hadi and Imam al-`Askari (`a). Before the construction of the new building (i.e. the courtyard, shrine, and dome), the entrance to the vault was situated behind the tomb of the holy Imams near the tomb of Lady Narjis (Narjis Khatun), which may now be in the portico. In the past, this entrance to the vault descended to a long dark way ending at a door that lied in the center of the Occultation Vault.
In the present day, this vault is decorated with mirrors. To the side of the kiblah direction, there is a window taking to the courtyard of the shrine of the two holy Imams. The place of the former door is marked by the picture of the niche, which is decorated with Qashani bricks. Visiting of the three Imams were made in one shrine; therefore, we can notice that al-Shahid al-Awwal, in his book of al-Mazar, follows up the ziyarah of Imam al-Hadi and Imam al-`Askari with the ziyarah of the holy vault and then refers to the ziyarah of Lady Narjis. A hundred and a few years ago, Ahmad Khan al-Dunbuli, the supported and guided by God, prepared himself for reconstructing the entire building. He therefore spent a huge amount of money on separating the courtyard of the holy shrine of the two Imams from the holy vault and then constructed the building, portico, and lofty dome of the vault. For the holy vault, he established a private courtyard, hall, entrance, and vestibule. He also built another vault specially for women, as is seen in the present day. As a result, the features of whatever was before the entrance, scale, and door were effaced and all the traces of that place were obliterated [Except the place that is currently known as Bayt al-Akhbariyyin.] and the place of some traditional etiquettes was also obliterated. However, the origin of the holy vault, which is the place of a set of forms of ziyarah, has been kept unchanged.
However, the etiquette of asking permission of entering the holy vault is not canceled due to the blocking of the former entrance, because, generally, every visit to any holy shrine must be preceded by a form of asking permission of entrance, as is concluded from narrations. Moreover, we can observe that master scholars have declared that it is necessary to ask permission before entering any gate of a shrine of one of the Holy Imams that people used to take in entering that place.

Form of Ziyarah
According to traditions, the form of asking permission to enter the holy vault is the ziyarah form that will be mentioned soon. It begins with the following statement:
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا خَلِيفةَ ٱللَّهِ
alssalamu `alayk ya khalifata allahi
Peace be upon you, O vicegerent of Allah
وَخَلِيفَةَ آبَائِهِ ٱلْمَهْدِيِّينَ
wa khalifata aba'ihi almahdiyyina…
and vicegerent of your well-guided fathers…
This form of ziyarah ends with a form of asking permission of entrance to the holy vault. It is said at the door of the vault before coming down there.
Sayyid Ibn Tawus has mentioned another form of asking permission of entrance (i.e. isti'dhan), whose statements are similar to the first general form of asking permission, which has been mentioned in Chapter Two of this section of Forms of Ziyarah.
As to `Allamah al-Majlisi, he has mentioned another form, which he reports from an ancient book on forms of ziyarah. This form begins with the following statement:
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّ هٰذِهِ بُقْعَةٌ طَهَّرْتَهَا
allahumma inna hadhihi buq`atun tahhartaha
O Allah, this is verily an area that You have purified
وَعَقْوَةٌ شَرَّفْتَهَا…
wa `aqwatun sharraftaha
and a courtyard that You have honored…
This form has been also previously mentioned immediately after the first general form of asking permission. You may refer to and say it before coming down to the holy vault.
You may then come down to the holy vault and visit Imam al-Mahdi (`a) with the forumula of ziyarah that is reported from him according to the report of the sublime Shaykh Ahmad ibn Abi-Talib al-Tabrisi in his book of al-Ihtijaj, as follows:
The following document was issued from the Sacred Side after replying to some questions:
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
لاََ لأَمْرِهِ تَعْقِلُونَ
You neither understand His decree
وَلاَ مِنْ أَوْلِيَائِهِ تَقْبَلُونَ
nor accept from His Vicegerents.
حِكْمَةٌ بَالِغَةٌ فَمَا تُغْنِي ٱلنُّذُرُ
(This is) consummate wisdom; but warnings do not avail
عَنْ قَوْمٍ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ
people who do not believe.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْنَا وَعَلَىٰ عِبَادِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلصَّالِحِينَ
Peace be upon us and upon the righteous servants of Allah.
إِذَا أَرَدْتُمُ ٱلتَّوَجُّهَ بِنَا إِلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ تَعَالَىٰ وَإِلَيْنَا
When you intend to turn your faces towards Allah and towards us by means of us,
فَقُولُوٱ كَمَا قَالَ ٱللَّهُ تَعَالَىٰ:
you should say just as Allah the All-exalted has said:
سَلاَمٌ عَلَىٰ آلِ يـٰس.
salamun `ala ali yasin
Peace be upon the Household of Yasin.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا دَاعِيَ ٱللَّهِ وَرَبَّانِيَّ آيَاتِهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya da`iya allahi wa rabbaniyya ayatihi
Peace be upon you, O caller to Allah and interpreter of His Verses.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بَابَ ٱللَّهِ وَدَيَّانَ دِينِهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya baba allahi wa dayyana dinihi
Peace be upon you, O door to Allah and applier of His religion.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا خَلِيفَةَ ٱللَّهِ وَنَاصِرَ حَقِّهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya khalifata allahi wa nasira haqqihi
Peace be upon you, O viceroy of Allah and backer of His right.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ ٱللَّهِ وَدَلِيلَ إِِرَادَتِهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya hujjata allahi wa dalila iradatihi
Peace be upon you, O Argument of Allah and sign of His volition.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا تَالِيَ كِتَابِ ٱللَّهِ وَتَرْجُمَانَهُ
alssalamu `alayka ya taliya kitabi allahi wa tarjumanihi
Peace be upon you, O reciter of the Book of Allah and its interpreter.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ فِي آنَاءِ لَيْلِكَ وَأَطْرَافِ نَهَارِكَ
alssalamu `alayka fi ana'i laylika wa atrafi naharika
Peace be upon you at the hours of Your night and the two ends of Your day.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بَقِيَّةَ ٱللَّهِ فِي أَرْضِهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya baqiyyata allahi fi ardihi
Peace be upon you, O herald of Allah on His lands.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا مِيثَاقَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِي أَخَذَهُ وَوَكَّدَهُ
alssalamu `alayka ya mithaqa allahi alladhi akhadhahu wa wakkadahu
Peace be upon you, O covenant of Allah that He has made and confirmed.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَعْدَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِي ضَمِنَهُ
alssalamu `alayka ya wa`da allahi alladhi daminahu
Peace be upon you, O Promise of Allah that He has assured.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا ٱلْعَلَمُ ٱلْمَنْصُوبُ
alssalamu `alayka ayyuha al`alamu almansubu
Peace be upon you, O appointed pennon,
وَٱلْعِلْمُ ٱلْمَصْبُوبُ
wal`ilmu almasbubu
poured knowledge,
وَٱلْغَوْثُ وَٱلرَّحْمَةُ ٱلْوَاسِعَةُ
walghawthu walrrahmatu alwasi`atu
aid, and expansive mercy.
وَعْداً غَيْرَ مَكْذُوبٍ
wa`dan ghayra makdhubin
This is verily a promise that shall never be belied.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تَقوُمُ
alssalamu `alayka hina taqumu
Peace be upon you whenever you rise (to undertake the mission).
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تَقْعُدُ
alssalamu `alayka hina taq`udu
Peace be upon you whenever you sit.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تَقْرَأُ وَتُبَيِّنُ
alssalamu `alayka hina taqra'u wa tubayyinu
Peace be upon you whenever you recite and elucidate.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تُصَلِّي وَتَقْنُتُ
alssalamu `alayka hina tusalli wa taqnutu
Peace be upon you whenever you offer prayer and supplicate.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تَرْكَعُ وَتَسْجُدُ
alssalamu `alayka hina tarka`u wa tasjudu
Peace be upon you whenever you genuflect and prostrate (yourself for Allah).
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تُهَلِّلُ وَتُكَبِّرُ
alssalamu `alayka hina tuhallilu wa tukabbiru
Peace be upon you whenever you profess Allah’s Godhead and profess His All-greatness.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تَحْمَدُ وَتَسْتَغْفِرُ
alssalamu `alayka hin tahmadu wa tastaghfiru
Peace be upon you whenever you praise Allah and implore for His forgiveness.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ حِينَ تُصْبِحُ وَتُمْسِي
alssalamu `alayka hina tusbihu wa tumsi
Peace be upon you whenever you begin and end your day.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ فِي ٱللَّيْلِ إِِذَا يَغْشَىٰ
alssalamu `alayka fi allayli idha yaghsha
Peace be upon you in the night when it draws a veil
وَٱلنَّهَارِ إِِذَا تَجَلَّىٰ
walnnahari idha tajalla
and the day when it shines in brightness.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا ٱلإِمَامُ ٱلْمَأْمُونُ
alssalamu `alayka ayyuha al-imamu alma'munu
Peace be upon you, O entrusted leader.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ أَيُّهَا ٱلْمُقَدَّمُ ٱلْمَأْمُولُ
alssalamu `alayka ayyuha almuqaddamu alma'mulu
Peace be upon you, O favored and expected.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ بِجَوَامِعِ ٱلسَّلاَمِ
alssalamu `alayka bijawami`i alssalami
Peace be upon you to the ultimate meaning of peace.
أُشْهِدُكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ
ushhiduka ya mawlaya
I solicit you, O my master,
أَنِّي أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاََ إِِلٰهَ إِِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ
anni ashhadu an la ilaha illa allahu
to testify to me that I bear witness that there is no god but Allah;
وَحْدَهُ لاََ شَرِيكَ لَهُ
wahdahu la sharika lahu
One and Only Lord and having no associate,
وَأَنَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ
wa anna muhammadan `abduhu wa rasuluhu
and that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.
لاََ حَبِيبَ إِِلاَّ هُوَ وَأَهْلُهُ
la habiba illa huwa wa ahluhu
There is no one more beloved by Allah than him and his household.
وَأُشْهِدُكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ
wa ushhiduka ya mawlaya
And I solicit you, O my master, to testify to me that I bear witness
أَنَّ عَلِيّاً أَمِيرَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ حُجَّتُهُ
anna `aliyyan amira almu'minina hujjatuhu
that `Ali the Commander of the Faithful is His argument,
وَٱلْحَسَنَ حُجَّتُهُ
walhasana hujjatuhu
al-Hasan is His argument,
وَٱلْحُسَيْنَ حُجَّتُهُ
walhusayna hujjatuhu
al-Husayn is His argument,
وَعَلِيَّ بْنَ ٱلْحُسَيْنِ حُجَّتُهُ
wa `aliyya bna alhusayni hujjatuhu
`Ali the son of al-Husayn is His argument,
وَمُحَمَّدَ بْنَ عَلِيٍّ حُجَّتُهُ
wa muhammada bna `aliyyin hujjatuhu
Muhammad the son of `Ali is His argument,
وَجَعْفَرَ بْنَ مُحَمَّدٍ حُجَّتُهُ
wa ja`fara bna muhammadin hujjatuhu
Ja`far the son of Muhammad is His argument,
وَموُسَىٰ بْنَ جَعْفَرٍ حُجَّتُهُ
wa musa bna ja`farin hujjatuhu
Musa the son of Ja`far is His argument,
وَعَلِيَّ بْنَ مُوسَىٰ حُجَّتُهُ
wa `aliyya bna musa hujjatuhu
`Ali the son of Musa is His argument,
وَمُحَمَّدَ بْنَ عَلِيٍّ حُجَّتُهُ
wa muhammada bna `aliyyin hujjatuhu
Muhammad the son of `Ali is His argument,
وَعَلِيَّ بْنَ مُحَمَّدٍ حُجَّتُهُ
wa `aliyya bna muhammadin hujjatuhu
`Ali the son of Muhammad is His argument,
وَٱلْحَسَنَ بْنَ عَلِيٍّ حُجَّتُهُ
walhasana bna `aliyyin hujjatuhu
and al-Hasan the son of `Ali is His argument.
وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ حُجَّةُ ٱللَّهِ
wa ashhadu annaka hujjatu allahi
I also bear witness that you are verily the argument of Allah.
أَنْتُمُ ٱلأَوَّلُ وَٱلآخِرُ
antum al-awwalu wal-akhiru
You all are the first and the last.
وَأَنَّ رَجْعَتَكُمْ حَقٌّ لاََ رَيْبَ فِيهَا
wa anna raj`atakum haqqun la rayba fiha
And (I bear witness) that your (promised) Return is undoubtedly true
يَوْمَ لاََ يَنْفَعُ نَفْساً إِيـمَانُهَا
yawma la yanfa`u nafsan imanuha
“On the day when its belief avails not a soul
لَمْ تَكُنْ آمَنَتْ مِنْ قَبْلُ
lam takun amanat min qablu
which theretofore believed not,
أَوْ كَسَبَتْ فِي إِيـمَانِهَا خَيْراً
aw kasabat fi imaniha khayran
nor in its belief earned good by works,”
وَأَنَّ ٱلْمَوْتَ حَقٌّ
wa anna almawta haqqun
death is true,
وَأَنَّ نَاكِراً وَنَكيراً حَقٌّ
wa anna nakiran wa nakiran haqqun
and Nakir and Nakir are true.
وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ ٱلنَّشْرَ حَقٌّ
wa ashhadu anna alnnashra haqqun
And I bear witness that the Raising for death is true,
وَٱلْبَعَثَ حَقٌّ
walba`tha haqqun
the Resurrection is true,
وَأَنَّ ٱلصِّرَاطَ حَقٌّ
wa anna alssirata haqqun
the Discriminating Bridge is true,
وَٱلْمِرْصَادَ حَقٌّ
walmirsada haqqun
the Watchtower is true,
وَٱلْمِيزَانَ حَقٌّ
walmizana haqqun
the Balance (of deeds) is true,
وَٱلْحَشْرَ حَقٌّ
walhashra haqqun
the Gathering is true,
وَٱلْحِسَابَ حَقٌّ
walhisaba haqqun
the Reckoning is true,
وَٱلْجَنَّةَ وَٱلنَّارَ حَقٌّ
waljannata walnnara haqqun
Paradise and Hell are true,
وَٱلْوَعْدَ وَٱلْوَعِيدَ بِهِمَا حَقٌّ
walwa`da walwa`ida bihima haqqun
and the promise of Paradise and the threat with Hell are true.
يَا مَوْلاَيَ شَقِيَ مَنْ خَالَفَكُمْ
ya mawlaya shaqiya man khalafakum
O My master! Certainly wretched is he who opposes you
وَسَعِدَ مَنْ أَطَاعَكُمْ
wa sa`ida man ata`akum
and certainly happy is he who obeys you.
فَٱشْهَدْ عَلَىٰ مَا أَشْهَدْتُكَ عَلَيْهِ
fashhad `ala ma ashhadtuka `alayhi
So, testify to me all that which I have besought you to testify.
وَأَنَا وَلِيٌّ لَكَ
wa ana waliyyun laka
I am verily an ally of you
بَرِيءٌ مِنْ عَدُوِّكَ
bari'un min `aduwwika
and denouncing your enemy.
فَٱلْحَقُّ مَا رَضِيتُمُوهُ
falhaqqu ma raditumuhu
The truth is only that which you accept,
وَٱلْبَاطِلُ مَا أَسْخَطْتُمُوهُ
walbatilu ma askhattumuhu
the wrong is only that which you disallow,
وَٱلْمَعْرُوفُ مَا أَمَرْتُمْ بِهِ
walma`rufu ma amartum bihi
the good is only that which you enjoin,
وَٱلْمُنْكَرُ مَا نَهَيْتُمْ عَنْهُ
walmunkaru ma nahaytum `anhu
and the evil is only that which you forbid.
فَنَفْسِي مُؤْمِنَةٌ بِٱللَّهِ
fanafsi mu'minatun billahi
My soul is thus believing in Allah;
وَحْدَهُ لاََ شَريكَ لَهُ
wahdahu la sharika lahu
One and Only Lord and having no associate,
وَبِرَسُولِهِ وَبِأَمِيرِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
wa birasulihi wa bi'amiri almu'minina
and also in His Messenger, in the Commander of the Faithful,
وَبِكُمْ يَا مَوْلاَيَ أَوَّلِكُمْ وَآخِرِكُمْ
wa bikum ya mawlaya awwalikum wa akhirikum
and in you all, O my master, from the beginning to the end.
وَنُصْرَتِي مُعَدَّةٌ لَكُمْ
wa nusrati mu`addatun lakum
I have prepared myself to back you
وَمَوَدَّتِي خَالِصَةٌ لَكُمْ
wa mawaddati khalisatun lakum
and my love is sincerely dedicated to you.
آمِينَ آمِينَ
amina amina
Respond! Respond!

Supplication Following this Form of Ziyarah اَللَّهُمَّ إِِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ
allahumma inni as'aluka an tusalliya `ala muhammadin
O Allah, I beseech You to send blessings upon Muhammad
نَبِيِّ رَحْمَتِكَ وَكَلِمَةِ نُورِكَ
nabiyyi rahmatika wa kalimati nurika
the Prophet of Your mercy and the Word of Your Light,
وَأَنْ تَمْلَأَ قَلْبِي نُورَ ٱلْيَقِينِ
wa an tamla'a qalbi nura alyaqini
and to fill in my heart with the illumination of certitude,
وَصَدْرِي نوُرَ ٱلإِيـمَانِ
wa sadri nura al-imani
my chest with the illumination of faith,
وَفِكْرِي نُورَ ٱلنِّيَّاتِ
wa fikri nura alnniyyati
my intellect with the illumination of honest intentions,
وَعَزْمِي نُورَ ٱلْعِلْمِ
wa `azmi nura al`ilmi
my determination with the illumination of knowledge,
وَقُوَّتِي نُورَ ٱلْعَمَلِ
wa quwwati nura al`amali
my strength with the illumination of work,
وَلِسَانِي نُورَ ٱلصِّدْقِ
wa lisani nura alssidqi
my tongue with the illumination of honesty,
وَدِينِي نُورَ ٱلْبَصَائِرِ مِنْ عِنْدِكَ
wa dini nura albasa'iri min `indika
my religion with the illumination of clear evidence from You,
وَبَصَرِي نُورَ ٱلضِّيَاءِ
wa basari nura alddiya'i
my sight with the illumination of brightness,
وَسَمْعِي نُورَ ٱلْحِكْمَةِ
wa sam`i nura alhikmati
my hearing with the illumination of wisdom,
وَمَوَدَّتِي نُورَ ٱلْمُوَالاَةِ لِمُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ
wa mawaddati nura almuwalati limuhammadin wa alihi
and my faculty of love with the illumination of sincere loyalty to Muhammad and his Household,
عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلسَّلاَمُ
`alayhim alssalamu
peace be upon them,
حَتَّىٰ أَلْقَاكَ وَقَدْ وَفَيْتُ بِعَهْدِكَ وَمِيثَاقِكَ
hatta alqaka wa qad wafaytu bi`ahdika wa mithaqika
so that I, when I meet You, will have fulfilled the pledge and covenant that I made with You
فَتُغَشِّيَنِي رَحْمَتَكَ
fatughashshiyani rahmataka
and then Your mercy will encompass me.
يَا وَلِيُّ يَا حَمِيدُ
ya waliyyu ya hamidu
O Protector! O Worthy of all praise!
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin
O Allah, bless Muhammad (al-Mahdi)
حُجَّتِكَ فِي أَرْضِكَ
hujjatika fi ardika
Your argument in Your land,
وَخَلِيفَتِكَ فِي بِلاَدِكَ
wa khalifatika fi biladika
Your viceroy in Your countries,
وَٱلدَّاعِي إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِكَ
waldda`i ila sabilika
the caller to Your course,
وَٱلْقَائِمِ بِقِسْطِكَ
walqa'imi biqistika
the establisher of Your justice,
وَٱلثَّائِرِ بِأَمْرِكَ
walththa'iri bi'amrika
the revolting by Your command,
وَلِيِّ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
waliyyi almu'minina
the authority of the believers,
وَبَوَارِ ٱلْكَافِرِينَ
wa bawari alkafirina
the ruiner of the unbelievers,
وَمُجَلِّي ٱلظُّلْمَةِ
wa mujalli alzzulumati
the remover of the murk,
وَمُنِيرِ ٱلْحَقِّ
wa muniri alhaqqi
the illuminator of the truth,
وَٱلنَّاطِقِ بِٱلْحِكْمَةِ وَٱلصِّدْقِ
walnnatiqi bilhikmati walssidqi
the speaker with wisdom and honesty,
وَكَلِمَتِكَ ٱلتَّامَّةِ فِي أَرْضِكَ
wa kalimatika alttammati fi ardika
the perfect Word of You in Your lands,
ٱلْمُرْتَقِبِ ٱلْخَائِفِ
almurtaqibi alkha'ifi
the vigilant and fearful,
وَٱلْوَلِيِّ ٱلنَّاصِحِ
walwaliyyi alnnasihi
the well-wishing saint,
سَفِينَةِ ٱلنَّجَاةِ
safinati alnnajati
the ark of salvation,
وَعَلَمِ ٱلْهُدَىٰ
wa `alami alhuda
the sign of guidance,
وَنُورِ أَبْصَارِ ٱلْوَرَىٰ
wa nuri absari alwara
the light of the peoples’ sights,
وَخَيْرِ مَنْ تَقَمَّصَ وَٱرْتَدَىٰ
wa khayri man taqammasa wa irtada
the best of all those who put clothes on their bodies,
وَمُجَلِّي ٱلْعَمَىٰ
wa mujalli al`ama
and the unveiler of blindness,
ٱلَّذِي يَمْلَأُ ٱلأَرْضَ عَدْلاًَ وَقِسْطاً
alladhi yamla'u al-arda `adlan wa qistan
who will fill the lands with justice and equity
كَمَا مُلِئَتْ ظُلْماً وَجَوْراً
kama muli'at zulman wa jawran
as it would be filled up with wrong and unfairness.
إِِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَديرٌ
innaka `ala kulli shay'in qadirun
You verily have power over all things.
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ وَلِيِّكَ
allahumma salli `ala waliyyika
O Allah, bless Your vicegerent
وَٱبْنِ أَوْلِيَائِكَ ٱلَّذِينَ فَرَضْتَ طَاعَتَهُمْ
wabni awliya'ika alladhina faradta ta`atahum
and the son of Your vicegerents the obedience to whom You have made incumbent upon us
وَأَوْجَبْتَ حَقَّهُمْ
wa awjabta haqqahum
and the observance of the right of whom You have made obligatory
وَأَذْهَبْتَ عَنْهُمُ ٱلرِّجْسَ
wa adhhabta `anhum alrrijsa
and from whom You have removed filth
وَطَهَّرْتَهُمْ تَطْهِيراً
wa tahhartahum tathiran
and whom You have purified with thorough purifying.
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱنْصُرْهُ وَٱنْتَصِرْ بِهِ لِدِينِكَ
allahumma insurhu wantasir bihi lidinika
O Allah, give him victory and make him the supporter of Your religion
وَٱنْصُرْ بِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَكَ وَأَوْلِيَاءَهُ
wansur bihi awliya'aka wa awliya'ahu
and through him, give victory to Your and his adherents,
وَشِيعَتَهُ وَأَنْصَارَهُ
wa shi`atahu wa ansarahu
followers, and backers.
وَٱجْعَلْنَا مِنْهُمْ
waj`alna minhum
Include us with them.
اَللَّهُمَّ أَعِذْهُ مِنْ شَرِّ كُلِّ بَاغٍ وَطَاغٍ
allahumma a`idhhu min sharri kulli baghin wa taghin
O Allah, protect him against the evil of every transgressor and tyrant
وَمِنْ شَرِّ جَمِيعِ خَلْقِكَ
wa min sharri jami`i khalqika
and against the evils of all Your creatures.
وَٱحْفَظْهُ مِنْ بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِ
wahfazhu min bayni yadayhi wa min khalfihi
Guard him from ahead of him, behind him,
وَعَنْ يَمِينِهِ وَعَنْ شِمَالِهِ
wa `an yaminihi wa `an shimalihi
his right side, and his left side.
وَٱحْرُسْهُ وَٱمْنَعْهُ مِنْ أَنْ يوُصَلَ إِِلَيْهِ بِسُوءٍ
wahrus-hu wamna`hu min an yusala ilayhi bisu'in
Watch him and defend him against anything that may cause evil to him.
وَٱحْفَظْ فِيهِ رَسُولَكَ وَآلَ رَسوُلِكَ
wahfaz fihi rasulaka wa ala rasulika
Save through him Your Messenger and the family of Your Messenger.
وَأَظْهِرْ بِهِ ٱلْعَدْلَ
wa azhir bihi al`adla
Manifest justice through him.
وَأَيِّدْهُ بِٱلنَّصْرِ
wa ayyid-hu bilnnasri
Aid him with victory.
وَٱنْصُرْ نَاصِرِيهِ
wansur nasirihi
Help his backers.
وَٱخْذُلْ خَاذِلِيهِ
wakhdhul khadhilihi
Frustrate those who intend to disappoint him.
وَٱقْصِمْ قَاصِمِيهِ
waqsim qasimihi
Terminate those who intend to eradicate him.
وَٱقْصِمْ بِهِ جَبَابِرَةَ ٱلْكُفْرِ
waqsim bihi jababirata alkufri
And, through him, terminate the tyrants of unbelief,
وَٱقْتُلْ بِهِ ٱلْكُفَّارَ وَٱلْمُنَافِقِينَ
waqtul bihi alkuffara walmunafiqina
kill the disbelievers, the hypocrites,
وَجَمِيعَ ٱلْمُلْحِدِينَ
wa jami`a almulhidina
and all atheists,
حَيْثُ كَانُوٱ مِنْ مَشَارِقِ ٱلأَرْضِ وَمَغَارِبِهَا
haythu kanu min mashariqi al-ardi wa magharibiha
wherever they are; in the east or the west of the earth
بَرِّهَا وَبَحْرِهَا
barriha wa bahriha
on the lands or in the oceans,
وَٱمْلَأْ بِهِ ٱلأَرْضَ عَدْلاًَ
wamla' bihi al-arda `adlan
and, through him, fill in the earth with justice,
وَأَظْهِرْ بِهِ دِينَ نَبِيِّكَ
wa azhir bihi dina nabiyyika
manifest the religion of Your Prophet,
صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ
salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi wa sallama
blessings and peace of You be upon him and his Household,
وَٱجْعَلْنِي ٱللَّهُمَّ مِنْ أَنْصَارِهِ وَأَعْوَانِهِ
waj`alni allahumma min ansarihi wa a`wanihi
make me, O Allah, of his supporters, helpers,
وَأَتْبَاعِهِ وَشِيعَتِهِ
wa atba`ihi wa shi`atihi
followers, and adherents;
وَأَرِنِي فِي آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَلَيْهِمُ ٱلسَّلاَمُ مَا يَأْمُلُونَ
wa arini fi ali muhammadin `alayhim alssalamu ma ya'muluna
allow me to see the hopes of the family of Muhammad, peace be upon them, come true,
وَفِي عَدُوِّهِمْ مَا يَحْذَرُونَ
wa fi `aduwwihim ma yahdharuna
and the hazards of their enemies come true.
إِِلٰهَ ٱلْحَقِّ آمِينَ
ilaha alhaqqi amina
O God of Truth, respond.
يَا ذَا ٱلْجَلاَلِ وَٱلإِكْرَامِ
ya dha aljalali wal-ikrami
O Lord of Glory and Honor!
يَا أَرْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
ya arhama alrrahimina
O most merciful of those who show mercy!

Ziarat Aleyasin
Dua after Ziarat Aleyasin

Another Form of Ziyarah
The following form of ziyarah is quoted from the highly esteemed reference books:
You may stop at the gate of the holy vault and say the following words:
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا خَلِيفةَ ٱللَّهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya khalifata allahi
Peace be upon you, O vicegerent of Allah
وَخَلِيفَةَ آبَائِهِ ٱلْمَهْدِيِّينَ
wa khalifata aba'ihi almahdiyyina
and vicegerent of your well-guided fathers.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَصِيَّ ٱلأَوْصِيَاءِ ٱلْمَاضِينَ
alssalamu `alayka ya wasiyya al-awsiya'i almadina
Peace be upon you, O successor of the past successors (of the Prophets).
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حَافِظَ أَسْرَارِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ
alssalamu `alayka ya hafiza asrari rabbi al`alamina
Peace be upon you, O keeper of the secrets of the Lord of the worlds.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بَقِيَّةَ ٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلصَّفْوَةِ ٱلْمُنْتَجَبِينَ
alssalamu `alayka ya baqiyyata allahi min alssafwati almuntajabina
Peace be upon you, O Allah’s remainder from among the elite, select ones.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بْنَ ٱلأَنْوَارِ ٱلزَّاهِرَةِ
alssalamu `alayka yabna al-anwari alzzahirati
Peace be upon you, O son of the luminous lights.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بْنَ ٱلأَعْلاَمِ ٱلْبَاهِرَةِ
alssalamu `alayka yabna al-a`lami albahirati
Peace be upon you, O son of the splendid signs.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بْنَ ٱلْعِتْرَةِ ٱلطَّاهِرَةِ
alssalamu `alayka yabna al`itrati alttahirati
Peace be upon you, O son of the immaculate progeny.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا مَعْدِنَ ٱلْعُلُومِ ٱلنَّبَوِيَّةِ
alssalamu `alayka ya ma`dina al`ulumi alnnabawiyyati
Peace be upon you, O essence of the Prophetic knowledge.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا بَابَ ٱللَّهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya baba allahi
Peace be upon you, O Allah’s gate;
ٱلَّذِي لاََ يُؤْتَىٰ إِِلاَّ مِنْهُ
alladhi la yu'ta illa minhu
the only gate from which one can enter to Him.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا سَبِيلَ ٱللَّهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya sabila allahi
Peace be upon you, O Allah’s course
ٱلَّذِي مَنْ سَلَكَ غَيْرَهُ هَلَكَ
alladhi man salaka ghayrahu halaka
that perdition will be the result of anyone who takes other than it.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا نَاظِرَ شَجَرَةِ طُوبَىٰ وَسِدْرَةِ ٱلْمُنْتَهَىٰ
alssalamu `alayka ya nazira shajarati tuba wa sidrati almuntaha
Peace be upon you, O observer of the Tree of Bliss (tuba) and the Farthest Lot-tree.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا نُورَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِي لاََ يُطْفَىٰ
alssalamu `alayka ya nura allahi alladhi la yutfa
Peace be upon you, O Allah’s light that never extinguishes.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِي لاََ تَخْفَىٰ
alssalamu `alayka ya hujjata allahi allati la takhfa
Peace be upon you, O Allah’s decisive argument that is never hidden.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا حُجَّةَ ٱللَّهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya hujjata allahi
Peace be upon you, O Allah’s decisive argument
عَلَىٰ مَنْ فِي ٱلأَرْضِ وَٱلسَّمَاءِ
`ala man fi al-ardi walssama'i
against all those on the earth and in the heavens.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ سَلاَمَ مَنْ عَرَفَكَ بِمَا عَرَّفَكَ بِهِ ٱللَّهُ
alssalamu `alayka salama man `arafaka bima `arrafaka bihi allahu
Peace be upon you; a salutation of one who recognizes you as exactly as Allah has introduced you
وَنَعَتَكَ بِبَعْضِ نُعُوتِكَ
wa na`ataka biba`di nu`utika
and one who mentions only some of your characteristics
ٱلَّتِي أَنْتَ أَهْلُهَا وَفَوْقَهَا
allati anta ahluha wa fawqaha
that you are worthy of and even more.
أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ ٱلْحُجَّةُ عَلَىٰ مَنْ مَضَىٰ وَمَنْ بَقِيَ
ashhadu annaka alhujjatu `ala man mada wa man baqiya
I bear witness that you are the argument against the past and the coming generations,
وَأَنَّ حِزْبَكَ هُمُ ٱلْغَالِبُونَ
wa anna hizbaka hum alghalibuna
your party are the true triumphant,
وَأَوْلِيَاءَكَ هُمُ ٱلْفَائِزُونَ
wa awliya'aka hum alfa'izuna
your friends are the true winners,
وَأَعْدَاءَكَ هُمُ ٱلْخَاسِرُونَ
wa a`da'aka hum alkhasiruna
your enemies are truly losers,
وَأَنَّكَ خَازِنُ كُلِّ عِلْمٍ
wa annaka khazinu kulli `ilmin
you are the keeper of the entire knowledge,
وَفَاتِقُ كُلِّ رَتْقٍ
wa fatiqu kulli ratqin
you are the opener of all closed things,
وَمُحَقِّقُ كُلِّ حَقٍّ
wa muhaqqiqu kulli haqqin
you are the establisher of all truths,
وَمُبْطِلُ كُلِّ بَاطِلٍ
wa mubtilu kulli batilin
and you are the eradicator of all wrong things.
رَضِيتُكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ إِِمَاماً وَهَادِياً
radituka ya mawlaya imaman wa hadiyan
O my master, I accept you as my leader, guide,
وَوَلِيّاً وَمُرْشِداً
wa waliyyan wa murshidan
master, and adviser.
لاََ أَبْتَغي بِكَ بَدَلاًَ
la abtaghi bika badalan
I never seek any alternative
وَلاَ أَتَّخِذُ مِنْ دُونِكَ وَلِيّاً
wa la attakhidhu min dunika waliyyan
and I never betake myself any master save You.
أَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ ٱلْحَقُّ ٱلثَّابِتُ
ashhadu annaka alhaqqu alththabitu
I bear witness that you are verily the unchanging truth
ٱلَّذِي لاََ عَيْبَ فِيهِ
alladhi la `ayba fihi
that is free of any defect
وَأَنَّ وَعْدَ ٱللَّهِ فِيكَ حَقٌّ
wa anna wa`da allahi fika haqqun
and that Allah’s promise concerning you is so true
لاََ أَرْتَابُ لِطُولِ ٱلغَيْبَةِ وَبُعْدِ ٱلأَمَدِ
la artabu lituli alghaybati wa bu`di al-amadi
that I never doubt no matter how long the occultation will take and the time (of your advent) will be far
وَلاَ أَتَحَيَّرُ مَعَ مَنْ جَهِلَكَ وَجَهِلَ بِكَ
wa la atahayyaru ma`a man jahilaka wa jahila bika
and I will never have misgivings like those who ignore you and ignore the truth that you represent
مُنْتَظِرٌ مُتَوَقِّعٌ لأَيَّامِكَ
muntazirun mutawaqqi`un li'ayyamika
and I am waiting and expecting your age,
وَأَنْتَ ٱلشَّافِعُ ٱلَّذِي لاََ تُنَازَعُ
wa anta alshshafi`u alladhi la tunaza`u
for you are the unmatched intercessor
وَٱلْوَلِيُّ ٱلَّذِي لاََ تُدَافَعُ
walwaliyyu alladhi la tudafa`u
and the irrefutable master.
ذَخَرَكَ ٱللَّهُ لِنُصْرَةِ ٱلدِّينِ
dhakharaka allahu linusrati alddini
Allah has saved you for the support of the religion,
وَإِِعْزَازِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
wa i`zazi almu'minina
for the fortification of the believers,
وَٱلِٱنْتِقَامِ مِنَ ٱلْجَاحِدِينَ ٱلْمَارِقِينَ
walintiqami min aljahidina almariqina
and for retaliating upon the deniers and the apostates.
أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ بِوِلاَيَتِكَ تُقْبَلُ ٱلأَعْمَالُ
ashhadu anna biwilayatika tuqbalu al-a`malu
I bear witness that through the loyalty to you, deeds are approved,
وَتُزَكَّىٰ ٱلأَفْعَالُ
wa tuzakka al-af`alu
acts are purified,
وَتُضَاعَفُ ٱلْحَسَنَاتُ
wa tuda`afu alhasanatu
rewards are doubled,
وَتُمْحَىٰ ٱلسَّيِّئَاتُ
wa tumha alssayyi'atu
and punishments for wrongdoings are erased.
فَمَنْ جَاءَ بِوِلاَيَتِكَ
faman ja'a biwilayatika
Therefore, he who bears loyalty to you
وَٱعْتَرَفَ بِإِِمَامَتِكَ
wa`tarafa bi'imamatika
and recognizes your Imamate
قُبِلَتْ أَعْمَالُهُ
qubilat a`maluhu
will have his deeds approved,
وَصُدِّقَتْ أَقْوَالُهُ
wa suddiqat aqwaluhu
his sayings credited,
وَتَضَاعَفَتْ حَسَنَاتُهُ
wa tada`afat hasanatuhu
his rewards doubled,
وَمُحِيَتْ سَيِّئَاتُهُ
wa muhiyat sayyi'atuhu
and his wrongdoings erased;
وَمَنْ عَدَلَ عَنْ وِلاَيَتِكَ
wa man `adala `an wilayatika
while if he rejects loyalty to you,
وَجَهِلَ مَعْرِفَتَكَ
wa jahila ma`rifataka
ignores the recognition of you,
وَٱسْتَبْدَلَ بِكَ غَيْرَكَ
wastabdala bika ghayraka
and follows anyone else,
كَبَّهُ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ مَنْخَرِهِ فِي ٱلنَّارِ
kabbahu allahu `ala mankharihi fi alnnari
Allah shall throw him down in Hellfire on the nose,
وَلَمْ يَقْبَلِ ٱللَّهُ لَهُ عَمَلاًَ
wa lam yaqbal allahu lahu `amalan
shall never approve of any of his acts,
وَلَمْ يُقِمْ لَهُ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَامَةِ وَزْناً
wa lam yuqim lahu yawma alqiyamati waznan
and shall never set up a balance for him on the Day of Resurrection.
أُشْهِدُ ٱللَّهَ وَأُشْهِدُ مَلاَئِكَتَهُ
ushhidu allaha wa ushhidu mala'ikatahu
I ask Allah and His angels
وَأُشْهِدُكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ بِهٰذَا
wa ushhiduka ya mawlaya bihadha
and you, my master, to testify to this for me;
ظَاهِرُهُ كَبَاطِنِهِ
zahiruhu kabatinihi
the outward of this declaration is as same as its inward,
وَسِرُّهُ كَعَلاَنِيَتِهِ
wa sirruhu ka`alaniyatihi
and its secret is as same as its overtness;
وَأَنْتَ ٱلشَّاهِدُ عَلَىٰ ذٰلِكَ
wa anta alshshahidu `ala dhalika
and you are the witness on this declaration,
وَهُوَ عَهْدِي إِِلَيْكَ
wa huwa `ahdi ilayka
and this is my pledge with you
وَمِيثَاقِي لَدَيْكَ
wa mithaqi ladayka
and my covenant to you
إِِذْ أَنْتَ نِظَامُ ٱلدِّينِ
idh anta nizamu alddini
since you are verily the system of the religion,
وَيَعْسُوبُ ٱلْمُتَّقِينَ
wa ya`subu almuttaqina
the leader of the pious ones,
وَعِزُّ ٱلْمُوَحِّدِينَ
wa `izzu almuwahhidina
and the dignity of the monotheists.
وَبِذٰلِكَ أَمَرَنِي رَبُّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ
wa bidhalika amarani rabbu al`alamina
This is the command of the Lord of the Worlds to me.
فَلَوْ تَطَاوَلَتِ ٱلدُّهُورُ
falaw tatawalat aldduhuru
Even if times take longer periods
وَتَمَادَتِ ٱلأَعْمَارُ
wa tamadat al-a`maru
and ages extend,
لَمْ أَزْدَدْ فِيكَ إِِلاَّ يَقِيناً
lam azdad fika illa yaqinan
this will increase in me nothing but more belief in you,
وَلَكَ إِِلاَّ حُبّاً
wa laka illa hubban
love for you,
وَعَلَيْكَ إِِلاَّ مُتَّكَلاًَ وَمُعْتَمَداً
wa `alayka illa muttakalan wa mu`tamadan
reliance on and trust in you,
وَلِظُهُورِكَ إِِلاَّ مُتَوَقِّعاً وَمُنْتَظِراً
wa lizuhurika illa mutawaqqi`an wa muntaziran
anticipation and expectation of your advent,
وَلِجِهَادِي بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ مُتَرَقِّباً
wa lijihadi bayna yadayka mutaraqqiban
and waiting to strive hard in your presence.
فَأَبْذُلُ نَفْسِي وَمَالِي
fa'abdhul nafsi wa mali
So, I sacrifice myself, my fortune,
وَوَلَدِي وَأَهْلِي
wa waladi wa ahli
my sons, my family members,
وَجَمِيعَ مَا خَوَّلَنِي رَبِّي بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ
wa jami`a ma khawwalani rabbi bayna yadayka
and all that which my Lord has granted me for your sake
وَٱلتَّصَرُّفَ بَيْنَ أَمْرِكَ وَنَهْيِكَ
walttasarrufa bayna amrika wa nahyika
and for obeying your orders and refraining from that which you order me not to do.
مَوْلاَيَ فَإِنْ أَدْرَكْتُ أَيَّامَكَ ٱلزَّاهِرَةَ
mawlaya fa'in adraktu ayyamaka alzzahirata
O my master, If I catch your thriving days
وَأَعْلاَمَكَ ٱلْبَاهِرَةَ
wa a`lamaka albahirata
and see your splendid signs,
فَهَا أَنَا ذَا عَبْدُكَ
faha ana dha `abduka
then, here I, a servant of you,
ٱلْمُتَصَرِّفُ بَيْنَ أَمْرِكَ وَنَهْيِكَ
almutasarrifu bayna amrika wa nahyika
am yielding to your orders and abstaining from that which you order me not to do.
أَرْجُو بِهِ ٱلشَّهَادَةَ بَيْنَ يَدَيْكَ
arju bihi alshshahadata bayna yadayka
Through all that, I hope for martyrdom in your presence
وَٱلْفَوْزَ لَدَيْكَ
walfawza ladayka
and success in your view.
مَوْلاَيَ فَإِنْ أَدْرَكَنِيَ ٱلْمَوْتُ قَبْلَ ظُهُورِكَ
mawlaya fa'in adrakani almawtu qabla zuhurika
O my master, but if death comes upon me before your advent,
فَإِنِّي أَتَوَسَّلُ بِكَ
fa'inni atawassalu bika
then I beseech you
وَبِآبَائِكَ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ إِِلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ تَعَالَىٰ
wa bi'aba'ika alttahirina ila allahi ta`ala
and your immaculate fathers to mediate for me before Allah the All-exalted
وَأَسْأَلُهُ أَنْ يُصَلِّيَ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
wa as'aluhu an yusalliya `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
Whom I pray to send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad
وَأَنْ يَجْعَلَ لِي كَرَّةً فِي ظُهُورِكَ
wa an yaj`ala li karratan fi zuhurika
and to decide for me a return after your advent
وَرَجْعَةً فِي أَيَّامِكَ
wa raj`atan fi ayyamika
and a second life during your days
لأَبْلُغَ مِنْ طَاعَتِكَ مُرَادِي
li'ablugha min ta`atika muradi
so that I will attain obedience to you, which is my desire,
وَأَشْفِيَ مِنْ أَعْدَائِكَ فُؤَادِي
wa ashfiya min a`da'ika fu'adi
and to heal my heart from your enemies.
مَوْلاَيَ وَقَفْتُ فِي زِيَارَتِكَ
mawlaya waqaftu fi ziyaratika
O my master, while I am visiting you, I am standing
مَوْقِفَ ٱلْخَاطِئِينَ ٱلنَّادِمِينَ
mawqifa alkhati'ina alnnadimina
in the position of the repentant wrongdoers,
ٱلْخَائِفِينَ مِنْ عِقَابِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ
alkha'ifina min `iqabi rabbi al`alamina
who fear the chastisement of the Lord of the Worlds
وَقَدِ ٱتَّكَلْتُ عَلَىٰ شَفَاعَتِكَ
wa qad ittakaltu `ala shafa`atika
and I am, meanwhile, depending upon your intercession for me
وَرَجَوْتُ بِمُوَالاَتِكَ وَشَفَاعَتِكَ
wa rajawtu bimuwalatika wa shafa`atika
and I, through my loyalty to you and your intercession for me, wish for
مَحْوَ ذُنُوبِي
mahwa dhunubi
eradication of my sins,
وَسَتْرَ عُيُوبِي
wa satra `uyubi
covering of my defects,
وَمَغْفِرَةَ زَلَلِي
wa maghfirata zalali
and forgiveness of my slips.
فَكُنْ لِوَلِيِّكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ
fakun liwaliyyika ya mawlaya
So, O my master, (please) help me—your servant—
عِنْدَ تَحْقِيقِ أَمَلِهِ
`inda tahqiqi amalihi
to achieve my hope
وَٱسْأَلِ ٱللَّهَ غُفْرَانَ زَلَلِهِ
was'al allaha ghufrana zalalihi
and (please) ask Allah to forgive my slips.
فَقَدْ تَعَلَّقَ بِحَبْلِكَ
faqad ta`allaqa bihablika
Verily, I am clinging to your rope,
وَتَمَسَّكَ بِوِلاَيَتِكَ
wa tamassaka biwilayatika
holding on my loyalty to you,
وَتَبَرَّأَ مِنْ أَعْدَائِكَ
wa tabarra'a min a`da'ika
and declaring my disavowal of your enemies.
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa alihi
O Allah, (please) bless Muhammad and his Household
وَأَنْجِزْ لِوَلِيِّكَ مَا وَعَدْتَهُ
wa anjiz liwaliyyika ma wa`adtahu
and fulfill Your promise to Your Vicegerent.
اَللَّهُمَّ أَظْهِرْ كَلِمَتَهُ
allahumma azhir kalimatahu
O Allah, (please) make prevalent his word,
وَأَعْلِ دَعْوَتَهُ
wa a`li da`watahu
elevate his mission,
وَٱنْصُرْهُ عَلَىٰ عَدُوِّهِ وَعَدُوِّكَ
wansurhu `ala `aduwwihi wa `aduwwika
and support him against Your and his enemies,
يَا رَبَّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ
ya rabba al`alamina
O Lord of the Worlds!
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍٍ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
O Allah, (please) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad
وَأَظْهِرْ كَلِمَتَكَ ٱلتَّامَّةَ
wa azhir kalimataka alttammata
and allow Your Perfect Word,
وَمُغَيَّبَكَ فِي أَرْضِكَ
wa mughayyabaka fi ardika
Your concealed one in Your lands,
ٱلْخَائِفَ ٱلْمُتَرَقِّبَ
alkha'ifa almutaraqqiba
the afraid, and the vigilant, to reappear.
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱنْصُرْهُ نَصْراً عَزِيزاً
allahumma insurhu nasran `azizan
O Allah, (please) support him with powerful support
وَٱفْتَحْ لَهُ فَتْحاً يَسِيراً
waftah lahu fathan yasiran
and give him a nigh victory.
اَللَّهُمَّ وَأَعِزَّ بِهِ ٱلدِّينَ بَعْدَ ٱلْخُمُولِ
allahumma wa a`izza bihi alddina ba`da alkhumuli
O Allah, (please) fortify the religion through him after it has been sluggish,
وَأَطْلِعْ بِهِ ٱلْحَقَّ بَعْدَ ٱلأُفُولِ
wa atli` bihi alhaqqa ba`da al-ufuli
demonstrate the truth through him after it has declined,
وَأَجْلِ بِهِ ٱلظُّلْمَةَ
wa ajli bihi alzzulmata
remove darkness through him,
وَٱكْشِفْ بِهِ ٱلْغُمَّةَ
wakshif bihi alghummata
and relieve the grief through him.
اَللَّهُمَّ وَآمِنْ بِهِ ٱلْبِلاَدَ
allahumma wa amin bihi albilada
O Allah, (please) spread security over the lands through him
وَٱهْدِ بِهِ ٱلْعِبَادَ
wahdi bihi al`ibada
and guide the servants (of You) through him.
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱمْلَأْ بِهِ ٱلأَرْضَ عَدْلاًَ وَقِسْطاً
allahumma imla bihi al-arda `adlan wa qistan
O Allah, (please) fill the earth with justice and equality through him
كَمَا مُلِئَتْ ظُلْماً وَجَوْراً
kama muli'at zulman wa jawran
as it is filled with injustice and wrong.
إِِنَّكَ سَمِيعٌ مُجِيبٌ
innaka sami`un mujibun
Verily, You are All-hearing and Responding.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكَ يَا وَلِيَّ ٱللَّهِ
alssalamu `alayka ya waliyya allahi
Peace be upon you, O Allah’s vicegerent.
إِئْذَنْ لِوَلِيِّكَ فِي ٱلدُّخُولِ إِلَىٰ حَرَمِكَ
i'dhan liwaliyyika fi alddukhuli ila haramika
(please) permit me, your servant, to enter your sanctuary.
صَلَوَاتُ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْكَ
salawatu allahi `alayka
May Allah’s blessings be upon you
وَعَلَىٰ آبَائِكَ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ
wa `ala aba'ika alttahirina
and upon your immaculate fathers.
وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
wa rahmatu allahi wa barakatuhu
Allah’s mercy and benedictions be upon you.
You may then come to the Occultation Vault and stop between the two doors, holding the door’s side with your hand. You may then hem and haw, as if you are seeking permission of entrance, and say these words:
بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحيمِ
bismillahi alrrahmani alrrahimi
In the Name of Allah; the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.
You may now come down with tranquility and present-heartedness. Offer a two-unit prayer in the yard of the vault and say the following words:
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ٱللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ٱللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ
allahu akbaru allahu akbaru allahu akbaru
Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great.
لاََ إِِلٰهَ إِِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ
la ilaha illa allahu
There is no god save Allah.
وَٱللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ ٱلْحَمْدُ
wallahu akbaru wa lillahi alhamdu
Allah is the Most Great and to Allah be all praise.
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِي هَدَانَا لِهٰذَا
alhamdu lillahi alladhi hadana lihadha
All praise be to Allah Who has guided us to this,
وَعَرَّفَنَا أَوْلِيَاءَهُ وَأَعْدَاءَهُ
wa `arrafana awliya'ahu wa a`da'ahu
made us discriminate between His friends and enemies,
وَوَفَّقَنَا لِزِيَارَةِ أَئِمَّتِنَا
wa waffaqana liziyarati a'immatina
granted us success to visit our Imams,
وَلَمْ يَجْعَلْنَا مِنَ ٱلْمُعَانِدِينَ ٱلنَّاصِبِينَ
wa lam yaj`alna min almu`anidina alnnasibina
and has not made us of the obdurate antagonists (of the truth),
وَلاَ مِنَ ٱلْغُلاَةِ ٱلْمُفَوِّضِينَ
wa la min alghulati almufawwidina
nor of the immoderate indeterminists,
وَلاَ مِنَ ٱلْمُرْتَابِينَ ٱلْمُقَصِّرِينَ
wa la min almurtabina almuqassirina
nor of the suspicious and negligent.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ وَلِيِّ ٱللَّهِ وَٱبْنِ أَوْلِيَائِهِ
alssalamu `ala waliyyi allahi wabni awliya'ihi
Peace be upon Allah’s vicegerent and son of His vicegerents.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْمُدَّخَرِ لِكَرَامَةِ أَوْلِيَاءِ ٱللَّهِ
alssalamu `ala almuddakhari likaramati awliya'i allahi
Peace be upon the one saved for achieving dignity of Allah’s intimate servants
وَبَوَارِ أَعْدَاءِهِ
wa bawari a`da'ihi
and for ruining Allah’s enemies.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلنُّورِ
alssalamu `ala alnnuri
Peace be upon the light
ٱلَّذِي أَرَادَ أَهْلُ ٱلْكُفْرِ إِِطْفَاءَهُ
alladhi arada ahlu alkufri itfa'ahu
that the people of atheism intend to extinguish;
فَأَبَىٰ ٱللَّهُ إِِلاَّ أَنْ يُتِمَّ نُورَهُ بِكُرْهِهِمْ
fa'aba allahu illa an yutimma nurahu bikurhihim
but Allah would not allow but that His light should be perfected, despite their contempt.
وَأَيَّدَهُ بِالْحَيَاةِ
wa ayyadahu bilhayati
He thus supported him with survival
حَتَّىٰ يُظْهِرَ عَلَىٰ يَدِهِ ٱلْحَقَّ بِرَغْمِهِمْ
hatta yuzhira `ala yadihi alhaqqa biraghmihim
so that He shall make prevalent the truth at his hands against their will.
أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ ٱصْطَفَاكَ صَغِيراً
ashhadu anna allaha istafaka saghiran
I bear witness that Allah has chosen you since you were little
وَأَكْمَلَ لَكَ عُلُومَهُ كَبِيراً
wa akmala laka `ulumahu kabiran
and perfected His knowledge for you when you grew up;
وَأَنَّكَ حَيٌّ لاََ تَمُوتُ
wa annaka hayyun la tamutu
and that you are alive and you will not die
حَتَّىٰ تُبْطِلَ ٱلْجِبْتَ وَٱلطَّاغُوتَ
hatta tubtila aljibta walttaghuta
before you efface all idols and false deities.
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَيْهِ
allahumma salli `alayhi
O Allah, (please) bless him
وَعَلَىٰ خُدَّامِهِ وَأَعْوَانِهِ عَلَىٰ غَيْبَتِهِ وَنَأْيِهِ
wa `ala khuddamihi wa a`wanihi `ala ghaybatihi wa na'yihi
and his servants and those who helped him to occult and hide from sights,
وَٱسْتُرْهُ سَتْراً عَزِيزاً
wasturhu satran `azizan
cover him with invulnerable covering,
وَٱجْعَلْ لَهُ مَعْقِلاًَ حَرِيزاً
waj`al lahu ma`qilan harizan
arrange for him an invincible haven,
وَٱشْدُدِ ٱللَّهُمَّ وَطْأَتَكَ عَلَىٰ مُعَانِدِيهِ
washdud allahumma wat'ataka `ala mu`anidihi
increase, O Allah, Your intensity on those who resist him obdurately,
وَٱحْرُسْ مَوَالِيَهُ وَزَائِرِيهِ
wahrus mawalihi wa za'irihi
and guard his loyalists and visitors.
اَللَّهُمَّ كَمَا جَعَلْتَ قَلْبِي بِذِكْرِهِ مَعْمُوراً
allahumma kama ja`alta qalbi bidhikrihi ma`muran
O Allah, just as You have made my heart full of reference to him,
فَٱجْعَلْ سِلاَحِي بِنُصْرَتِهِ مَشْهُوراً
faj`al silahi binusratihi mashhuran
so also (please) make my weapon prepared in support of him.
وَإِِنْ حَالَ بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَ لِقَائِهِ
wa in hala bayni wa bayna liqa'ihi
If death that You have made inescapable on Your servants
ٱلْمَوْتُ ٱلَّذِي جَعَلْتَهُ عَلَىٰ عِبَادِكَ حَتْماً
almawtu alladhi ja`altahu `ala `ibadika hatman
and You have made inevitably predestined on Your creatures
وَأَقْدَرْتَ بِهِ عَلَىٰ خَلِيقَتِكَ رَغْماً
wa aqdarta bihi `ala khaliqatika raghman
impedes me from meeting him,
فَٱبْعَثْنِي عِنْدَ خُرُوجِهِ
fab`athni `inda khurujihi
then (please) restore me to life at his advent,
ظَاهِراً مِنْ حُفْرَتِي
zahiran min hufrati
coming out from my hole (i.e. grave),
مُؤْتَزِراً كَفَنِي
mu'taziran kafani
and using my shroud as my garment
حَتَّىٰ أُجَاهِدَ بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ
hatta ujahida bayna yadayhi
so that I will fight strivingly in his presence
فِي ٱلصَّفِّ ٱلَّذِي أَثْنَيْتَ عَلَىٰ أَهْلِهِ
fi alssaffi alladhi athnayta `ala ahlihi
in the line whose people have been praised by You
فِي كِتَابِكَ فَقُلْتَ:
fi kitabika faqulta
in You Book where You say,
«كَأَنَّهُمْ بُنْيَانٌ مَرْصُوصٌ»
ka'nnahum bunyanun marsusun
“…as if they were a firm and compact wall.”
اَللَّهُمَّ طَالَ ٱلِٱنْتِظَارُ
allahumma tala al-intizaru
O Allah, too long has been the expectation,
وَشَمِتَ مِنَا ٱلْفُجَّارُ
wa shamita bina alfujjaru
the wicked are gloating at our misfortune,
وَصَعُبَ عَلَيْنَا ٱلِٱنْتِصَارُ
wa sa`uba `alayna al-intisaru
and victory has been difficult for us.
اَللَّهُمَّ أَرِنَا وَجْهَ وَلِيِّكَ ٱلْمَيْمُونَ
allahumma arina wajha waliyyika almaymuna
O Allah, (please) show us the blessed face of Your vicegerent
فِي حَيَاتِنَا وَبَعْدَ ٱلْمَنُونِ
fi hayatina wa ba`da almanuni
in our lifetimes and after death.
اَللَّهُمَّ إِِنِّي أَدِينُ لَكَ بِٱلرَّجْعَةِ
allahumma inni adinu laka bilrraj`ati
O Allah, I profess of the Return as my faith
بَيْنَ يَدَيْ صَاحِبِ هٰذِهِ ٱلْبُقْعَةِ
bayna yaday sahibi hadhihi albuq`ati
in the presence of the owner of this area.
الْغَوْثَ ٱلْغَوْثَ ٱلْغَوْثَ
alghawtha alghawtha alghawtha
[I beseech for] Relief, relief, relief.
يَا صَاحِبَ ٱلزَّمَانِ
ya sahiba alzzamani
O Patron of the Age!
قَطَعْتُ فِي وُصْلَتِكَ ٱلْخُلاَّنَ
qata`tu fi wuslatika alkhullana
I have ruptured my relations with many friends in order to build good relations with you,
وَهَجَرْتُ لِزِيَارَتِكَ ٱلأَوْطَانَ
wa hajartu liziyaratika al-awtana
I have deserted my homeland in order to visit you,
وَأَخْفَيْتُ أَمْرِي عَنْ أَهْلِ ٱلْبُلْدَانِ
wa akhfaytu amri `an ahli albuldani
and I have concealed my intention from the peoples of the towns
لِتَكُونَ شَفِيعاً عِنْدَ رَبِّكَ وَرَبِّي
litakuna shafi`an `inda rabbika wa rabbi
so that you may be my intercessor with your and my Lord
إِلَىٰ آبَائِكَ وَمَوَالِيَّ
wa ila aba'ika wa mawaliyya
and with your fathers and my masters,
فِي حُسْنِ ٱلتَّوْفِيقِ لِي
fi husni alttawfiqi li
seeking excellence of success,
وِإِِسْبَاغِ ٱلنِّعْمَةِ عَلَيَّ
wa isbaghi alnni`mati `alayya
conferral of bounties,
وَسَوْقِ ٱلإِحْسَانِ إِِلَيَّ
wa sawqi al-ihsani ilayya
and making charitable acts run towards me.
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍٍ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
O Allah, (please) send blessings upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad
أَصْحَابِ ٱلْحَقِّ
ashabi alhaqqi
the rightful ones
وَقَادَةِ ٱلْخَلْقِ
wa qadati alkhalqi
and the leaders of the creatures,
وَٱسْتَجِبْ مِنِّي مَا دَعَوْتُكَ
wastajib minni ma da`awtuka
and (please) respond to me in what I have besought You for
وَأَعْطِنِي مَا لَمْ أَنْطِقْ بِهِ فِي دُعَائِي
wa a`tini ma lam antiq bihi fi du`a'i
and grant me all that which I have not mentioned in my prayer,
مِنْ صَلاَحِ دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ
min salahi dini wa dunyaya
such as the uprightness of my faith and my worldly affairs.
إِِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
innaka hamidun majidun
You are verily worthy of praise and worthy of glory.
وَصَلِّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ ٱلطَّاهِرِينَ
wa salla allahu `ala muhammadin wa alihi alttahirina
May Allah bless Muhammad and his Immaculate Household.
You may then enter the hall, offer a two-unit prayer, and say the following words:
اَللَّهُمَّ عَبْدُكَ ٱلزَّائِرُ
allahumma `abduka alzza'iru
O Allah, I—Your visiting servant—
فِي فِنَاءِ وَلِيِّكَ ٱلْمَزُورِ
fi fina'i waliyyika almazuri
am in the yard of Your visited vicegerent
ٱلَّذِي فَرَضْتَ طَاعَتَهُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْعَبِيدِ وَٱلأَحْرَارِ
alladhi faradta ta`atahu `ala al`abidi wal-ahrari
the obedience to whom has been made obligatory by You on the slaves and the free
وَأَنْقَذْتَ بِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ ٱلنَّارِ
wa anqadhta bihi awliya'aka min `adhabi alnnari
and through whom You shall save Your intimate servants from the chastisement of Hellfire.
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱجْعَلْهَا زِيَارَةً مَقْبُولَةً
allahumma ij`alha ziyaratan maqbulatan
O Allah, (please) decide it to be an admitted visitation
ذَاتَ دُعَاءٍ مُسْتَجَابٍ
dhata du`a'in mustajabin
of a granted prayer
مِنْ مُصَدِّقٍ بِوَلِيِّكَ غَيْرِ مُرْتَابٍ
min musaddiqin biwaliyyika ghayri murtabin
from one who gives full credence to Your vicegerent and who never suspects him.
اَللَّهُمَّ لاََ تَجْعَلْهُ آخِرَ ٱلْعَهْدِ بِهِ وَلاَ بِزِيَارَتِهِ
allahumma la taj`alhu akhira al`ahdi bihi wa la biziyaratihi
O Allah, (please) do not decide this to be the last of my presence and visitation to him
وَلاَ تَقْطَعْ أَثَرِي مِنْ مَشْهَدِهِ
wa la taqta` athari min mashhadihi
and do not cut off my traces in his shrine
وَزِيَارَةِ أَبِيهِ وَجَدِّهِ
wa ziyarati abihi wa jaddihi
and in visitation to his father and grandfather.
اَللَّهُمَّ أَخْلِفْ عَلَيَّ نَفَقَتِي
allahumma akhlif `alayya nafaqati
O Allah, (please) compensate for me my expenditure,
وَٱنْفَعْنِي بِمَا رَزَقْتَنِي
wanfa`ni bima razaqtani
make me benefit from the sustenance that You have provided me
فِي دُنْيَايَ وَآخِرَتِي
fi dunyaya wa akhirati
in my worldly life and in my Next Life,
لِي وَلإِِِخْوَانِي وَأَبَوَيَّ
li wa li'ikhwani wa abawayya
and do the same to my brothers, parents,
وَجَمِيعِ عِتْرَتِي
wa jami`i `itrati
and all of my offspring.
أَسْتَودِعُكَ ٱللَّهَ أَيُّهَا ٱلإِمَامُ
astawdi`uka allaha ayyuha al-imamu
I entrust you with Allah, O Leader
ٱلَّذِي يَفُوزُ بِهِ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ
alladhi yafuzu bihi almu'minuna
through whom the believers will win
وَيَهْلِكُ عَلَىٰ يَدَيْهِ ٱلْكَافِرُونَ ٱلْمُكَذِّبُونَ
wa yahliku `ala yadayhi alkafiruna almukadhdhibuna
and at whose hands the belying unbelievers will perish.
يَا مَوْلاَيَ يَا بْنَ ٱلْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيٍّ
ya mawlaya yabna alhasani bni `aliyyin
O my master! O son of al-Hasan the son of `Ali,
جِئْتُكَ زَائِراً لَكَ وَلأَبِيكَ وَجَدِّكَ
ji'tuka za'iran laka wa li'abika wa jaddika
I have come to you visiting you, your father, and your grandfather,
مُتَيَقِّناً ٱلْفَوْزَ بِكُمْ
mutayaqqinan alfawza bikum
being certain of winning through you,
مُعْتَقِداً إِِمَامَتَكُمْ
mu`taqidan imamatakum
and having full faith in your Imamate.
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱكْتُبْ هٰذِهِ ٱلشَّهَادَةَ وَٱلزِّيَارَةَ لِي
allahumma uktub hadhihi alshshahadata walzziyarata li
O Allah, (please) write down this testimony and visitation to me
عِنْدَكَ فِي عِلِّيِّينَ
`indaka fi `illiyyina
with You in the Most Elevated Place,
وَبَلِّغْنِي بَلاَغَ ٱلصَّالِحِينَ
wa ballighni balagha alssalihina
make me attain that which is attained by the righteous ones,
وَٱنْفَعْنِي بِحُبِّهِمْ يَا رَبَّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ
wanfa`ni bihubbihim ya rabba al`alamina
and make me benefit by my love for them, O Lord of the Worlds.

Another Form of Ziyarah reported by Sayyid Ibn Tawus:
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْحَقِّ ٱلْجَدِيدِ
alssalamu `ala alhaqqi aljadidi
Peace be upon the fresh truth
وَٱلْعَالِمِ ٱلَّذِي عِلْمُهُ لاََ يَبِيدُ
wal`alimi alladhi `ilmuhu la yabidu
and the knowledgeable whose knowledge never expires.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ مُحْيِي ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
alssalamu `ala muhyi almu'minina
Peace be upon the reviver of the believers
وَمُبِيرِ ٱلْكَافِرِينَ
wa mubiri alkafirina
and the terminator of the unbelievers.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ مَهْدِيِّ ٱلأُمَمِ
alssalamu `ala mahdiyyi al-umami
Peace be upon the restorer of all nations
وَجَامِعِ ٱلْكَلِمِ
wa jami`i alkalimi
and the combiner of all creeds.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ خَلَفِ ٱلسَّلَفِ
alssalamu `ala khalafi alssalafi
Peace be upon the successor of the ancestors
وَصَاحِبِ ٱلشَّرَفِ
wa sahibi alshsharafi
and the owner of honor.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ حُجَّةِ ٱلْمَعْبُودِ
alssalamu `ala hujjati alma`budi
Peace be upon the argument of the Worshipped (Lord)
وَكَلِمَةِ ٱلْمَحْمُودِ
wa kalimati almahmudi
and the Word of the Praised (Lord).
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ مُعِزِّ ٱلأَوْلِيَاءِ
alssalamu `ala mu`izzi al-awliya'i
Peace be upon the consolidator of the intimate servants (of God)
وَمُذِلِّ ٱلأَعْدَاءِ
wa mudhilli al-a`da'i
and the humiliator of the enemies.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ وَارِثِ ٱلأَنْبِيَاءِ
alssalamu `ala warithi al-anbiya'i
Peace be upon the inheritor of the Prophets
وَخَاتِمِ ٱلأَوْصِيَاءِ
wa khatimi al-awsiya'i
and the seal of the (Prophets’) successors.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْقَائِمِ ٱلْمُنْتَظَرِ
alssalamu `ala alqa'imi almuntazari
Peace be upon the Rising (Imam), the awaited,
وَٱلْعَدْلِ ٱلْمُشْتَهَرِ
wal`adli almushtahari
and the famed establisher of justice.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلسَّيْفِ ٱلشَّاهِرِ
alssalamu `ala alssayfi alshshahiri
Peace be upon the unsheathed sword,
وَٱلْقَمَرِ ٱلزَّاهِرِ
walqamari alzzahiri
the brilliant moon,
وَٱلنُّوُرِ ٱلْبَاهِرِ
walnnuri albahiri
and the dazzling light.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ شَمْسِ ٱلظَّلاَمِ
alssalamu `ala shamsi alzzalami
Peace be upon the sun of darkness
وَبَدْرِ ٱلتَّمَامِ
wa badri alttamami
and the absolutely full moon.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ رَبِيعِ ٱلأَنَامِ
alssalamu `ala rabi`i al-anami
Peace be upon the springtime of humanity
وَنَضْرَةِ ٱلأَيَّامِ
wa nadrati al-ayyami
and the bloom of days.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ صَاحِبِ ٱلصَّمْصَامِ
alssalamu `ala sahibi alssamsami
Peace be upon the holder of sharp sword
وَفَلاَّقِ ٱلْهَامِ
wa fallaqi alhami
and the splitter of heads.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلدِّينِ ٱلْمَأْثُورِ
alssalamu `ala alddini alma'thuri
Peace be upon the long-established faith
وَٱلْكِتَابِ ٱلْمَسْطُورِ
walkitabi almasturi
and the scripture inscribed.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ بَقِيَّةِ ٱللَّهِ فِي بِلاَدِهِ
alssalamu `ala baqiyyati allahi fi biladihi
Peace be upon the left by Allah in His lands
وَحُجَّتِهِ عَلَىٰ عِبَادِهِ
wa hujjatihi `ala `ibadihi
and the argument of Him against His servants
ٱلْمُنْتَهِي إِِلَيْهِ مَوَارِيثُ ٱلأَنْبِيَاءِ
almuntahi ilayhi mawarithu al-anbiya'i
to whom the inheritances of the Prophets end
وَلَدَيْهِ مَوْجوُدٌ آثَارُ ٱلأَصْفِيَاءِ
wa ladayhi mawjudun atharu al-asfiya'i
and with whom the traditions of the elite ones are kept.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْمُؤْتَمَنِ عَلَىٰ ٱلسِّرِّ
alssalamu `ala almu'tamani `ala alssirri
Peace be upon the one entrusted with the secret
وَٱلْوَلِيِّ لِلأَمْرِ
walwaliyyi lil-amri
and the one who shall undertake the mission.
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْمَهْدِيِّ
alssalamu `ala almahdiyyi alladhi wa`ada allahu `azza wa jalla bihi al-umama
Peace be upon al-Mahdi (the rightly guided)
ٱلَّذِي وَعَدَ ٱللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ بِهِ ٱلأُمَمَ
an yajma`a bihi alkalima
through whom Allah the Almighty and All-majestic promised the nations
أَنْ يَجْمَعَ بِهِ ٱلْكَلِمَ
wa yalumma bihi alshsha`atha
to combine all decrees,
وَيَلُمَّ بِهِ ٱلشَّعَثَ
wa yamla'a bihi al-arda qistan wa `adlan
to bring together all scattered matters,
وَيَمْلَأَ بِهِ ٱلأَرْضَ قِسْطاً وَعَدْلاًَ
wa yumakkina lahu
to fill the earth with fairness and justice,
وَيُمَكِّنَ لَهُ
wa yunjiza bihi wa`da almu'minina
to make possible for him (to win over the all),
وَيُنْجِزَ بِهِ وَعْدَ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
ashhadu ya mawlaya
and to fulfill His promise to the believers.
أَشْهَدُ يَا مَوْلاَيَ
annaka wal-a'immata min aba'ika
I bear witness, O my master,
أَنَّكَ وَٱلأَئِمَّةَ مِنْ آبَائِكَ
a'immati wa mawaliyya
that you and the Imams, your fathers,
أَئِمَّتِي وَمَوَالِيَّ
fi alhayati alddunya wa yawma yaqumu al-ashhadu
are my leaders and masters
فِي ٱلْحَيَاةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا وَيَوْمَ يَقُومُ ٱلأَشْهَادُ
as'aluka ya mawlaya
in this worldly life and on the day when the Witnesses will rise (to witness).
أَسْأَلُكَ يَا مَوْلاَيَ
an tas'ala allaha tabaraka wa ta`ala
I thus ask you, O my master,
أَنْ تَسْأَلَ ٱللَّهَ تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَىٰ
fi salahi sha'ni
to ask Allah the All-blessed and All-exalted
فِي صَلاَحِ شَأْنِي
wa qada'i hawa'iji
to set aright all my affairs,
وَقَضَاءِ حَوَائِجِي
wa ghufrani dhunubi
to grant me all my needs,
وَغُفْرَانِ ذُنُوبِي
wal-akhdhi biyadi
to forgive my sins,
وَٱلأَخْذِ بِيَدِي
fi dini wa dunyaya wa akhirati
and to lead me rightly
فِي دِينِي وَدُنْيَايَ وَآخِرَتِي
li wa li'ikhwani wa akhawati almu'minina walmu'minati kaffatan
in the affairs of my faith, worldly life, and the Next Life,
لِي وَلإِِِخْوَانِي وَأَخَوَاتِي ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ كَافَّةً
innahu ghafurun rahimun
as well as the affairs of my all believing brothers and sisters.
إِِنَّهُ غَفوُرٌ رَحِيمٌ
alssalamu `ala alhaqqi aljadidi
Verily, He is All-forgiving, All-merciful.
You may then offer the twelve-unit prayer of ziyarah, separating between each two units with a Taslim statement (i.e. the last part of prayers). You may then utter the (famous) Tasbih al-Zahra' litany and provide all that as present to the Imam. Upon accomplishment, you may say the following supplicatory prayer:
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ حُجَّتِكَ فِي أَرْضِكَ
allahumma salli `ala hujjatika fi ardika
O Allah, (please) bless Your Argument in Your land,
وَخَلِيفَتِكَ فِي بِلاَدِكَ
wa khalifatika fi biladika
Your representative in Your countries,
ٱلدَّاعِي إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِكَ
aldda`i ila sabilika
the caller to Your way,
وَٱلْقَائِمِ بِقِسْطِكَ
walqa'imi biqistika
the establisher of Your justice,
وَٱلْفَائِزِ بِأَمْرِكَ
walfa'izi bi'amrika
the winner of Your decree,
وَلِيِّ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
waliyyi almu'minina
the guardian of the believers,
وَمُبِيرِ ٱلْكَافِرِينَ
wa mubiri alkafirina
the terminator of the unbelievers,
وَمُجَلِّي ٱلظُّلْمَةِ
wa mujalli alzzulmati
the eliminator of darkness,
وَمُنِيرِ ٱلْحَقِّ
wa muniri alhaqqi
the illuminator of the truth,
وَٱلصَّادِعِ بِٱلْحِكْمةِ
walssadi`i bilhikmati
the expounder with wisdom,
وَٱلْمَوْعِظَةِ ٱلْحَسَنَةِ وَٱلصِّدْقِ
walmaw`izati alhasanati walssidqi
excellent exhortation, and veracity,
وَكَلمَتِكَ وَعَيْبَتِكَ
wa kalimatika wa `aybatika
Your Word, the carrier of Your secrets,
وَعَيْنِكَ فِي أَرْضِكَ
wa `aynika fi ardika
Your Eye in Your lands,
ٱلْمُتَرَقِّبِ ٱلْخَائِفِ
almutaraqqibi alkha'ifi
the vigilant, the afraid,
ٱلْوَلِيِّ ٱلنَّاصِحِ
alwaliyyi alnnasihi
the sincere vicegerent,
سَفِينَةِ ٱلنَّجَاةِ
safinati alnnajati
the ark of salvation,
وَعَلَمِ ٱلْهُدَىٰ
wa `alami alhuda
the pennon of right guidance,
وَنُورِ أَبْصَارِ ٱلْوَرَىٰ
wa nuri absari alwara
the light of the eyes of all creatures,
وَخَيْرِ مَنْ تَقَمَّصَ وَٱرْتَدَىٰ
wa khayri man taqammasa wartada
the best of all those who dress shirts and garments,
وَٱلْوِتْرِ ٱلْمَوْتُورِ
walwitri almawturi
the unique whose folks have not been avenged yet,
وَمُفَرِّجِ ٱلْكُرَبِ
wa mufarriji alkurabi
the reliever of agonies,
وَمُزِيلِ ٱلْهَمَّ
wa muzili alhammi
the remover of distress,
وَكَاشِفِ ٱلْبَلْوَىٰ
wa kashifi albalwa
and the mitigator of ordeals.
صَلَوَاتُ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ
salawatu allahi `alayhi
Allah’s blessings be incessantly upon him
وَعَلَىٰ آبَائِهِ ٱلأَئِمَّةِ ٱلْهَادِينَ
wa `ala aba'ihi al-a'immati alhadina
and upon his fathers, the guiding Imams
وَٱلْقَادَةِ ٱلْمَيَامِينِ
walqadati almayamini
and the blessed leaders
مَا طَلَعَتْ كَوَاكِبُ ٱلأَسْحَارِ
ma tala`at kawakibu al-ashari
whenever stars of early dawn rise,
وَأَوْرَقَتِ ٱلأَشْجَارُ
wa awraqat al-ashjaru
trees are furnished with leaves,
وَأَينَعَتِ ٱلأَثْمَارُ
wa ayna`at al-athmaru
fruits are yielded,
وَٱخْتَلَفَ ٱللَّيْلُ وَٱلنَّهَارُ
wakhtalafa allaylu walnnaharu
night and day follow each other,
وغَرَّدَتِ ٱلأَطْيَارُ
wa gharradat al-atyaru
and birds warble.
اَللَّهُمَّ ٱنْفَعْنَا بِحُبِّهِ
allahumma infa`na bihubbihi
O Allah, (please) make us benefit by our love for him
وَٱحْشُرْنَا فِي زُمْرَتِهِ
wahshurna fi zumratihi
and gather us in his group
وَتَحْتَ لِوَائِهِ
wa tahta liwa'ihi
and under his pennon.
إِلٰهَ ٱلْحَقِّ آمِينَ
ilaha alhaqqi amina
O God of Truth, respond.
رَبَّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ
rabba al`alamina
O Lord of the Worlds!

Invocation of Blessings upon Imam al-Mahdi
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ahli baytihi
O Allah, (please) send blessings upon Muhammad and his Household
وَصَلِّ عَلَىٰ وَلِيِّ ٱلْحَسَنِ
wa salli `ala waliyyi alhasani
and send blessings upon al-Hasan’s vicegerent,
وَوَصِيِّهِ وَوَارِثِهِ
wa wasiyyihi wa warithihi
successor, and inheritor;
ٱلْقَائِمِ بِأَمْرِكَ
alqa'imi bi'amrika
the establisher of Your decrees,
وَٱلْغَائِبِ فِي خَلْقِكَ
walgha'ibi fi khalqika
the absent among Your creatures,
وَٱلْمُنْتَظِرِ لإِِِذْنِكَ
walmuntaziri li'idhnika
and the awaiting for Your permission.
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَيْهِ
allahumma salli `alayhi
O Allah, (please) bless him,
وَقَرِّبْ بُعْدَهُ
wa qarrib bu`dahu
make imminent his remoteness,
وَأَنْجِزْ وَعْدَهُ
wa anjiz wa`dahu
fulfill Your promise to him,
وَأَوْفِ عَهْدَهُ
wa awfi `ahdahu
keep Your pledge to him,
وَٱكْشِفْ عَنْ بَأْسِهِ حِجَابَ ٱلْغَيْبَةِ
wakshif `an ba'sihi hijaba alghaybati
reveal the screen of occultation against his power,
وَأَظْهِرْ بِظُهُورِهِ صَحَائِفَ ٱلْمِحْنَةِ
wa azhir bizuhurihi saha'ifa almihnati
manifest the pages of ordeal through his advent,
وَقَدِّمْ أَمَامَهُ ٱلرُّعْبَ
wa qaddim amamahu alrru`ba
bring the horror before him,
وَثَبِّتْ بِهِ ٱلْقَلْبَ
wa thabbit bihi alqalba
make firm the heart through him,
وَأَقِمْ بِهِ ٱلْحَرْبَ
wa aqim bihi alharba
wage the war through him,
وَأَيِّدْهُ بِجُنْدٍ مِنَ ٱلْمَلاَئِكَةِ مُسَوِّمِينَ
wa ayyid-hu bijundin min almala'ikati musawwimina
aid him with marked troops from the heavens,
وَسَلِّطْهُ عَلَىٰ أَعْدَاءِ دِينِكَ أَجْمَعِينَ
wa sallithu `ala a`da'i dinika ajma`ina
give him full dominance over all the enemies of Your religion,
وَأَلْهِمْهُ أَنْ لاََ يَدَعَ مِنْهُمْ رُكْناً إِلاَّ هَدَّهُ
wa alhimhu an la yada`a minhum ruknan illa haddahu
and inspire him not to leave any corner of them but that he demolishes it,
وَلاَ هَاماً إِلاَّ قَدَّهُ
wa la haman illa qaddahu
any head but that he splits it,
وَلاَ كَيْداً إِلاَّ رَدَّهُ
wa la kaydan illa raddahu
any trick but that he frustrates it,
وَلاَ فَاسِقاً إِلاَّ حَدَّهُ
wa la fasiqan illa haddahu
any sinful one but that he exposes him to punishment,
وَلاَ فِرْعَوْنَ إِلاَّ أَهْلَكَهُ
wa la fir`awnan illa ahlakahu
any tyrant but that he annihilates him,
وَلاَ سِتْراً إِلاَّ هَتَكَهُ
wa la sitran illa hatakahu
any screen but that he exposes it,
وَلاَ عَلَماً إِلاَّ نَكَّسَهُ
wa la `alaman illa nakkasahu
any pennon but that he lowers it,
وَلاَ سُلْطَاناً إِلاَّ كَسَبَهُ
wa la sultanan illa kasabahu
any authority but that he seizes it,
وَلاَ رُمْحاً إِلاَّ قَصَفَهُ
wa la rumhan illa qasafahu
any lance but that he smashes it,
وَلاَ مِطْرَداً إِلاَّ خَرَقَهُ
wa la mitradan illa kharaqahu
any spear but that he shatters it,
وَلاَ جُنْداً إِلاَّ فَرَّقَهُ
wa la jundan illa farraqahu
any troops but that he takes them apart,
وَلاَ مِنْبَراً إِلاَّ أَحْرَقَهُ
wa la minbaran illa ahraqahu
any pulpit but that he burns it,
وَلاَ سَيْفاً إِلاَّ كَسَرَهُ
wa la sayfan illa kasarahu
any sword but that he breaks it,
وَلاَ صَنَماً إِلاَّ رَضَّهُ
wa la sanaman illa raddahu
any idol but that he bruises it,
وَلاَ دَماً إِلاَّ أَرَاقَهُ
wa la daman illa araqahu
any blood but that he sheds it,
وَلاَ جَوْراً إِلاَّ أَبَادَهُ
wa la jawran illa abadahu
any persecution but that he annihilates it,
وَلاَ حِصْناً إِلاَّ هَدَمَهُ
wa la hisnan illa hadamahu
any fortress but that he destroys it,
وَلاَ بَاباً إِلاَّ رَدَمَهُ
wa la baban illa radamahu
any door but that he fills it up,
وَلاَ قَصْراً إِلاَّ خَرَّبَهُ
wa la qasran illa kharrabahu
any castle but that he destroys it,
وَلاَ مَسْكَناً إِلاَّ فَتَّشَهُ
wa la maskanan illa fattashahu
any house but that he scans it,
وَلاَ سَهْلاًَ إِلاَّ أَوْطَأَهُ
wa la sahlan illa awta'ahu
any plain but that he treads on it,
وَلاَ جَبَلاًَ إِلاَّ صَعِدَهُ
wa la jabalan illa sa`idahu
any mountain but that he climbs it,
وَلاَكَنْزاً إِلاَّ أَخْرَجَهُ
wa la kanzan illa akhrajahu
and any treasure but that he extracts it;
بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ ٱلرَّاحِمِينَ
birahmatika ya arhama alrrahimina
in the name of Your mercy, O most merciful of all those who show mercy!
When Shaykh al-Mufid mentioned the aforesaid form of ziyarah that begins with the following words:
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ٱللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ٱللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ
allahu akbaru allahu akbaru allahu akbaru
Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great. Allah is the Most Great.
لاََ إِِلٰهَ إِِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ…
la ilaha illa allahu…
There is no god save Allah…
he (i.e. Shaykh al-Mufid), commenting, said the following:
According to another way of narration, you may say the following words while descending to the holy vault:
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَىٰ ٱلْحَقِّ ٱلْجَدِيدِ
alssalamu `ala alhaqqi aljadidi
Peace be upon the fresh truth
وَٱلْعَالِمِ ٱلَّذِي عِلْمُهُ لاََ يَبِيدُ…
wal`alimi alladhi `ilmuhu la yabidu…
and the knowledgeable whose knowledge never expires…
So, he referred to the previously mentioned form of ziyarah up to the end. He then said:
You may now offer the twelve-unit prayer of ziyarah, separating between each two units with a Taslim statement.
You may then say the following supplicatory prayer, which is reported from Imam al-Mahdi (`a) himself:
إِلٰهِي عَظُمَ ٱلْبَلاَءُ
ilahi `azuma albala'u
O my God, ordeal has become immeasurable.
وَبَرِحَ ٱلْخَفَاءُ
wa bariha alkhafa'u
The hidden has become exposed.
وَٱنْكَشَفَ ٱلْغِطَاءُ
wankashafa alghita'u
The covered has been disclosed.
وَضَاقَتِ ٱلأَرْضُ
wa daqat al-ardu
The earth has become narrow (despite its vastness).
وَمُنِعَتِ ٱلسَّمَاءُ
wa muni`at alssama'u
The sky has been prevented (from giving its blessings).
وَإِلَيْكَ يَا رَبِّ ٱلْمُشْتَكَىٰ
wa ilayka ya rabbi almushtaka
And to You, O my Lord, is the complaint.
وَعَلَيْكَ ٱلْمُعَوَّلُ فِي ٱلشِّدَّةِ وَٱلرَّخَاءِ
wa `alayka almu`awwalu fi alshshiddati walrrakha'i
Upon You is the reliance in hardships and leisure.
اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa alihi
O Allah, (please do) send blessings upon Muhammad and his Household
ٱلَّذينَ فَرَضْتَ عَلَيْنَا طَاعَتَهُمْ
alladhina faradta `alayna ta`atahum
the obedience to whom has been made obligatory upon us by You,
فَعَرَّفْتَنَا بِذٰلِكَ مَنْزِلَتَهُمْ
fa`arraftana bidhalika manzilatahum
and whose (special) rank has been thus made known for us by You,
فَرِّجْ عَنَّا بِحَقِّهِمْ
farrij `anna bihaqqihim
(please do) relieve our ordeals in the name of them
فَرَجاً عَاجِلاً
farajan `ajilan
with a relief that is as immediate
كَلَمْحِ ٱلْبَصَرِ أَوْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ
kalamhi albasari aw huwa aqrabu
as the twinkling of an eye or even closer.
يَا مُحَمَّدُ يَا عَلِيُّ
ya muhammadu ya `aliyyu
O Muhammad! O `Ali!
يَا عَلِيُّ يَا مُحَمَّدُ
ya `aliyyu ya muhammadu
O `Ali! O Muhammad!
أُنْصُرَانِي فَإِنَّكُمَا نَاصِرَايَ
unsurani fa'innakuma nasiraya
(Please) support me, for you both do support me,
وَٱكْفِيَانِي فَإِنَّكُمَا كَافِيَانِ
wakfiyani fa'innakuma kafiyani
and save me, for you both do save.
يَا مَوْلاَيَ يَا صَاحِبَ ٱلزَّمَانِ
ya mawlaya ya sahiba alzzamani
O my master! O Patron of the Age!
ٱلْغَوْثَ ٱلْغَوْثَ ٱلْغَوْثَ
alghawtha alghawtha alghawtha
(I beseech you for) relief! (I beseech you for) relief! (I beseech you for) relief!
أَدْرِكْنِي أَدْرِكْنِي أَدْرِكْنِي
adrikni adrikni adrikni
(Please do) come to my aid! (Please do) come to my aid! (Please do) come to my aid!
This supplicatory prayer is of a high esteem; it is therefore advisable to repeat it in the holy sanctuary of Imam al-Mahdi (`a) as well as other places. I have previously mentioned it in the first section of the book, yet with little difference is statements.

Another Form of Ziyarah of Imam al-Mahdi
Sayyid Ibn Tawus has instructed the following:
You may offer a two-unit prayer and then say the following words:
سَلاَمُ ٱللَّهِ ٱلْكَامِلُ ٱلتَّامُّ
salamu allahi alkamilu alttammu
Peace of Allah—perfect, complete,
ٱلشَّامِلُ ٱلْعَامُّ…
alshshamilu al`ammu…
comprehensive, and thorough…
This form of ziyarah can be found in the first section of this book (pp. 458, Vol. 1) under the title: Seeking Aid From Imam al-Mahdi (Al-Istighathah bi’l-Hujjah.) as quoted from the book of al-Kalim al-Tayyib.
Other Rites at the Holy Vault
In his book of Misbah al-Za'ir, Sayyid Ibn Tawus has dedicated a chapter to the devotional acts at the holy vault where he has mentioned six forms of ziyarah. He then said: Attached to this chapter are the Supplication of Lamentation (Du`a' al-Nudbah),
the ziyarah form that is said every day after the Fajr (dawn) Prayer, which is the seventh form of ziyarah
, the supplication known as Du`a' al-`Ahd (Supplication of the Covenant) which we have been ordered to say in the Occultation Age, and the prayer that is said when we intend to leave that holy sanctuary.
Sayyid Ibn Tawus then starts mentioning these rites.
-- Common Ziarat Ahlulbayt(as)--
Ziarat Jamia Kabira
Ziarat Jamia Saghira
Ziarat Ameenullah
Saalwaat Zarrab Isfahani
Dua after Ziyarat of Imam Mahdi (ajtfs)