Negotiating the Bridge of Seraat is facilitated
Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) narrates, ‘Ameerul Momeneen (a.s.) shall dispatch an angel towards the visitor. The angel shall command the Bridge, “Be facile for the Visitor.” It shall likewise command the Fire (of Hell), “None of your flames should touch him.” The visitor shall negotiate the Bridge most comfortably. The angel shall accompany the visitor throughout his journey over the Bridge.’
(Kaamil al-Ziaaraat, pg. 123, Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 101 pg. 78) (more…)
On the occassion of the wiladat of Imam Hussain (as) 3rd Shabaan 1432 AH (2011)
There are several traditions of this nature explicitly outlining the futility of one’s beliefs and actions devoid of love and affection for the infallible Ahle Bait (a.s.) and unaccompanied with the enmity and hostility towards their enemies. Far from granting access to Paradise , such actions and beliefs will drive the person to the depths of Hell. The visitation of shrines of the infallible Imams (a.s.), particularly Imam Husain (a.s.) is a tremendous demonstration of this love and affection. Since love and attachment are most critical, the importance of visitation increases manifold since it is the best proof and evidence for it. Visitation strikes a chord between the Imam (a.s.) and the visitor that takes root in the latter’s heart. It is not just an emotional bonding like one has with one’s father or mother. Rather it is a bonding rooted in recognition that the Imam (a.s.) is Allah’s special representative on earth upon His creatures, obedience and submission to whom is mandatory by divine commandment. Apart from man, every atom on this earth is obedient and submissive to the Imams (a.s.) in line with the divine decree. Man in his ignorance and haughtiness dealt with the Imams (a.s.) most ruthlessly and killed them mercilessly with brute force and animal predisposition. (more…)
In the long days and dark nights of occultation (ghaibat), neither our beloved prophet, Mohammad (s.a.w.a.) nor our Imam, Imam Vali-e-Asr (a.t.f.s) is present in our midst. The only way to quench the thirst of their recognition (ma’refat) and knowledge is through the treasure of books, which we have inherited from our great scholars.
As it is narrated by the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) – in the last era, the faith of the people will be based on ‘black over white’ i.e. books. Books are the source through which we can acquaint ourselves with Islamic beliefs (aqaed), religious edicts (ahkam), history, and ethics (akhlaq). In this treatise we try to acquaint ourselves with one such book, which is one of the most crucial references with regards to Hazrat Sayyudush Shohada, Imam Husain (a.s.). The book is Kamiluz Ziaraat. (more…)
There are several merits for reciting the Ziyarat of Imam Hussain – especially this celebrated Ziyarat of Ashurah. Some of these are given below.
Alqamah bin Mohammed ibn Hazrami (r.a.) narrates ‘I requested Imam Baqir (a.s.) to teach me a dua that I should recite on the day of Aashoora after the reciting the Ziyaarat of Imam Husain (a.s.) – from near his (a.s.) grave or from a distance.’