Repealing of chastisement

The significance of Ziyaarate Aashoora can be gauged from yet another incident. The previous incident reveals the benefit of Ziyaarate Aashoora for the one who recites it regularly. But the following incident depicts a really strange benefit of Ziyaarate Aashoora. It shows that the one who recites Ziyaarate Aashoora becomes a cause of the forgiveness of sins committed by others!

Marhoom Mohaddis Noori (r.a.) narrates an incident from Al-Haaj Mulla Hasan Yazdi, who was a pious and virtuous individual and was the caretaker of the shrine of Ameerul Momineen (a.s.). He was very religious and was always preoccupied in worship and Ziyaarat. Mulla Hasan, in turn narrates about Mohammed Ali Yazdi who too was a very respectable, devout and virtuous person. He too would always spend his time in acts of worship and in matters related to the Hereafter.

Janab Mohammed Ali used to spend his nights in worship in a particular place in Yazd known as “Mazaar” where many prominent and pious scholars are buried. He had a neighbor who was his good friend. Both of them had grown up and studied together. His friend started doing the work of “Ghassari” (tax collection). Few years later this friend died and was buried in this very ‘Mazaar’ where Janab Mohammed Ali used to spend his nights in worship.

One month after his friend’s demise, Janab Mohammed Ali saw him in a dream. His friend was looking very handsome and smart. Janab Mohammed Ali asked him ‘I very well know the kind business in which you were involved. There was nothing in that business that you did hiddenly or openly that would merit this great reward that you have received. In fact nothing except punishment could be expected from the kind of work you used to do. Then how did you receive this great position and reward?’

The friend replied ‘You are absolutely right. In fact, from the time I died, till yesterday I was involved in a painful chastisement. But yesterday, the wife of Ustad Ashraf Haddad (blacksmith) died and was buried a few meters away from here. Last night Imam Husain (a.s.) came to visit her thrice. On the third visit, he (a.s.) ordered that the punishment from the entire graveyard be removed. Hence, now you see me living a life of easy and comfort.’

Aqa Mohammed Ali got up with a start from his sleep. He did not know who Ashraf Haddad was nor did he know where he lived. He went to the iron market, inquired about him and reached his house. Janab Mohammed Ali asked him ‘Did you have a wife?’ He replied ‘Yes. She died last night and I buried her at so and so place’ Janab Mohammed Ali asked him ‘Had she gone for the Ziyaarat of Imam Husain (a.s.)?’ The man replied ‘No. But why are you asking me all this?’ Janab Mohammed Ali narrated to him the dream that he had seen. After hearing the entire incident, the blacksmith said ‘My wife was very particular and regular in reciting Ziyaarate Aashoora’
(Ref: Daarus Salaam, Mohaddis Noori (r.a.), vol. 2, p.268; Shifa al-Sudur, p. 52 – Persian Translation; Mafaateeh al-Jenan)

‘O Allah! You bestow such an honor to my grave that it too a place of Imam Husain’s (a.s.) visits! O Allah! Grant me the taufeeq to recite Ziyaarate Aashoora regularly!’ Ziyaarate Aashoora: In the light of traditions The above incidences clearly convey the virtues and significance of Ziyaarate Aashoora – both in this world and the Hereafter.

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