Advice from Imam Mahdi to recite Ziyarate’ Ashurah
In his masterpiece, Mafaateeh al-Jenan, the pillar of traditionalists, Shaikh Abbas Qummi (r.a) has mentioned an incident from his teacher, Janab Mirza Husain Tabarsi (r.a) – famous as Mohaddis Noori (r.a). We will not narrate the entire incident but mention only that portion where Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) has emphasized the regular recitation of Ziyaarate Aashoora .
This incident pertains to Janab Syed Ahmed bin Syed Hashim bin Syed Hasan Musawi Rashty. He was a trader from the city of Rasht. He says ‘I left the city of Rasht with the intention of going for Haj and came to the house of Haji Safarali Tabrezi. I was a little worried as there was no caravan scheduled for Haj at that time. When I saw that another friend Haji Jehad Jaludar Isfehani has packed his luggage and is all set to leave for Haj, I too decided to leave with him and hired a mount for the journey ……’
(For more details of this incident, the separation of Janab Rashty from his group and being left alone – losing the way in a snowstorm and the darkness of the night – meeting Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) in this state of distress who led him to his destination etc please refer to Mafateeh al-Jenan, Incident of Syed Rashty & Najm al-Thaaqib, chapter 7).
In this incident, Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.), in the beginning mentions, ‘Recite Naafelah Shab’ Then he says ‘Recite Ziyaarat Jaameah’ and then he says ‘Recite Ziyaarate Aashoora ‘. Syed Rashty did not know either Ziyaarat-e-Jaameah or Ziyaarate Aashoora by heart. But the moment Imam (a.s.) asked him to recite them regularly, he knew both these Ziyaarats by heart.
Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) helped Syed Rashty to reach his destination. On the way, Imam (a.s.) once asked him rhetorically, ‘Why don’t you recite the Naafelah prayers?’ Then he (a.s.) repeated thrice ‘Naafelah, Naafelah, Naafelah!’
Again, Imam (a.s.) asked him, ‘Why don’t you recite Ziyaarate Aashoora?’ Then Imam (a.s.) reiterated, ‘Aashoora, Aashoora, Aashoora!’ Once again, Imam (a.s.) asked Janab Rashty, ‘Why don’t you recite Ziyaarat-e-Jaameah?’
And then Imam (a.s.) emphasized thrice, ‘Jaameah, Jaameah, Jaameah!’
Conclusion: This incident underlines the extraordinary importance of Ziyaarate Aashoora. The fact that Janab Syed Rashty, who had lost his way met Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.), shows his distinction. But the emphasis of Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) on the regular recitation of Ziyaarate Aashoora and Ziyaarat-e-Jaameah points to the fact that Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) desires that his (a.s.) followers should always remember the tribulations of his grandfather Imam Husain (a.s.) and they should always be aggrieved and anguished by the events of Karbala.
‘How fortunate are those who have the taufeeq of reciting Ziyaarate Aashoora regularly!’