Rewards of Visiting the Grave Or The Recitation of Salutation to Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) On The Day Of Ashurah – Part I

Shaykh Tusi reports: Narrated Muhammad bin Isma’il bin Bazi’, from Salih bin ‘Uqba, from his father, from Abu Ja’far[1] (a.s.) (d. 114 A.H. / 732 A.D.) who said: “Whoever visits the grave of al-Husayn bin ‘Ali (a.s.) on the day of ‘Ashura’, in the month of Muharram and persists in weeping at his gdgment with the reward of two thousand major pilgrimages, two thousand minrave, then Allah the Glorified and Exalted will receive him on the Day of Juor pilgrimages and two thousand military expeditions. The reward of each major and minor pilgrimage and military expedition will be akin to having undertaken them with the Prophet of Allah and the Rightly Guided Imams.” 

The narrator said: “May I be ransomed for you[2], but what about him who lives in far and distant lands and is unable to travel there (i.e. to the site of the grave) on that day?

He (the Imam) said: ‘If that is so, then let such a person go out into the desert or climb up to the terrace or roof-top of his house and gesture in the direction of the grave of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.); send greetings and salutations and exert himself in invoking curses on his enemies. Thereafter he should recite two units of prayer. This ritual should be done at the beginning part of the day, before the sun passes its zenith. Thereafter, he should lament and weep over al-Husayn (a.s.), and command the people of his house, who are unaware of it, to cry over al-Husayn (a.s.). He should establish mourning in his house by expressing grief and sorrow over al-Husayn (a.s.). Some of them are to console others of their feelings of distress. If they do all this, then I am their guarantor near Allah the Exalted.’

I said (i.e. the narrator, in a state of amazement): ‘May I be ransomed for you, are you their guarantor in that?!’

He (the Imam) said: ‘I am the guarantor for him who does that.’

I (i.e. the narrator) said: ‘But how do some of us console others?’

He (the Imam) said: ‘You should say: “May Allah magnify our recompense due to our distress for al-Husayn (a.s.). May He establish you and us from amongst those who seek to avenge his murder, in the company of His friend, the Imam al-Mahdi from the progeny of Muhammad.”

(The Imam continues). ‘Furthermore, if one is able to abstain from spending this day in fulfilling needs[3], then do so, for it is a day of misfortune and calamity, in which the needs of a faithful are not fulfilled. If the need is fulfilled, it will not be blessed and he will not see any goodness in it. None of you must attempt to accumulate anything for the future in his house on that day; for he who does so will not obtain any blessings in what he has accumulated and neither will his family.

Thus if they do this, Allah will ordain for them the reward of a thousand major pilgrimages, a thousand minor pilgrimages and a thousand military expeditions, as if done with the Prophet of Allah (saw). Additionally, for such a person will be the recompense of the suffering of every Prophet, Messenger, Successor (of the Prophets), the Truthful and the Martyr who was killed, since the creation of the world till the Day of Judgement.”[4][5]

Here ends the text reported by Shaykh Tusi regarding the rewards of the pilgrimage to Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) on the day of ‘Ashura’. The report does not mention a specific salutation to be recited at the gravesite; rather it merely mentions the rewards of going out into the desert or climbing up to a high rooftop and pointing towards al-Husayn’s gravesite with greetings and exertion in cursing his enemies.


Undoubtedly the Ziyarat of Ashurah is one of the best Ziyarah of Imam Hussain (as) sending Greeting  and Salutations upon him and curse upon his enemies


[1] Translator’s Note: This was the epithet of the fifth Twelver Shi’a Imam Muhammad bin ‘Ali al-Báqir (a.s.).

[2] Translator’s Note: This is an expression of respect found in Arabic texts used to address noble and venerable people.

[3] Translator’s Note: What is meant here are a person’s worldly needs, the implication being that this day needs to be reserved solely for the remembrance of Imam al-Husayn (as).

[4] Misbahul Mutahajjid wa Silahul Muta’abbid, pg 713.

[5] Shifa us Sudoor fi Sharhe Ziyarat e Ashurah by Ayatullah Haaj Mirza Abul Fazl Tehrani volume 1 pg 39



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