Angels welcome, bid farewell & ask forgiveness

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  • Ḥārūn b. Khārijah recounts hearing Imām Ṣādiq(a) declare, "Four thousand unkempt, dust-covered angels dedicated by Allah to Ḥusayn's grave mourn for him continuously until the Day of Judgment. These angels accompany those with understanding who visit Ḥusayn(a), safeguarding their return. If the visitor falls ill, these angels visit them twice daily. Upon the visitor's death, the angels join their funeral procession and intercede for them until the Day of Judgment."

  • Imām Bāqir(a) relates, "Four thousand disheveled, dust-covered angels mourn over Ḥusayn(a), a vigil lasting until the Day of Judgment. These angels welcome those visiting Ḥusayn(a), accompany them home, tend to them in illness, and attend the visitor's funeral upon their passing."

  • Abū Ṣaba Kinānī recalls hearing Imām Ṣādiq(a) state, "Near you lies a grave. Anyone in mourning visiting this site will find their sorrows lifted and their requests fulfilled by Allah. There, four thousand angels reside, disheveled and dust-covered since the day he departed this world, mourning him until the Day of Judgment."

  • Imām Ṣādiq(a) explains, "Upon leaving his home to visit Ḥusayn(a), a man is accompanied by seven hundred angels, surrounding him from all sides for protection. After visiting Ḥusayn(a), a herald will announce to the visitor, 'You have been forgiven; proceed to perform only virtuous deeds.' The angels stay with him until he safely returns home, bidding him Allah's protection upon departure. These angels will continue visiting him until his death, their daily rewards credited to the visitor."

  • Muḥammad Ḥalabī remembers Imām Ṣādiq(a) saying, "Four thousand disheveled, dust-covered angels are devoted by Allah to the grave of Ḥusayn(a), remaining until the Hour's rise. These angels escort everyone visiting Ḥusayn(a). They visit the visitor if illness befalls them and attend their funerals upon their passing."

  • Imām Ṣādiq(a) has shared this: "Four thousand angels, unkempt and covered in dust, have been dedicated by Allah to the grave of Ḥusayn(a). They mourn over Ḥusayn(a) from dawn till midday, after which they ascend to the heavens, and a fresh assembly of four thousand angels takes over to mourn until dawn. These angels attest to the loyalty and sincerity of those who embark on the pilgrimage of Ḥusayn's ziyārah. They accompany the visitor back to their loved ones, comfort the visitor during their illness, and offer prayers upon their death."

  • Imām Kāẓim(a) conveys: "Upon a person's departure from his home to undertake the ziyārah of Ḥusayn(a), Allah appoints an angel to accompany him. This angel, placing his finger on the person's back, records every word spoken until they reach al-Ḥāʾir. As the visitor crosses the gate of al-Ḥāʾir, the angel places his palm on the middle of the person's back, declaring, 'All of your past misdeeds have been erased. Venture forth into goodness.'"

  • Ḥārūn b. Khārijah recounts: I was in the company of Imām Ṣādiq(a) when a man inquired, "What is the reward for those who undertake the ziyārah to the grave of Ḥusayn(a)?" Imām(a) responded, "Upon Ḥusayn's martyrdom, even the lands grieved for him. Allah has since assigned four thousand disheveled, dust-clad angels to mourn over him, a vigil lasting until the Day of Judgment. These angels accompany those who undertake Ḥusayn's ziyārah with discernment, ensuring their safe return. In times of illness, the angels visit the mourner twice a day. Upon the mourner's death, these angels join their funeral, praying for forgiveness on their behalf until the Day of Judgment."

  • Imām Ṣādiq(a) recounts: "On the day of ʿĀshūrāʾ, four thousand angels descended, intending to fight alongside Ḥusayn(a), but were denied permission by the Imām himself. They returned to the heavens, seeking Allah's approval, only to find upon their return that Ḥusayn(a) had been martyred. They remain, disheveled and covered in dust, by Ḥusayn's grave, mourning him. They will continue this until the Day of Judgment. Their leader is an angel named Manṣūr. These angels greet every visitor of Ḥusayn(a) and escort them during their farewell. The angels visit them during their illness, offer prayers at their funerals upon their death, and seek forgiveness for them post-death. All these angels await the re-emergence of al al-Qāʾim(a) on Earth."

  • Narrated by Muḥammad b. Mudārib from Mālik Juhanī: Imām Bāqir(a) proclaimed, "O' Mālik! Upon Ḥusayn's departure from this world, by the will of Allah, Allah dispatched four thousand disheveled, dust-laden angels to Ḥusayn(a). These angels mourn over Ḥusayn(a), a practice to continue until the Day of Judgment. Those who undertake the ziyārah of Ḥusayn(a) with discernment will have all their past and future transgressions forgiven, and a Ḥajj will be recorded in their name. The visitor will remain under divine protection until their safe return to their families." After the passing of both Imām Bāqir(a) and Mālik, Muḥammad b. Mudārib approached Imām Ṣādiq(a) and relayed this narration to him. Upon hearing that a Ḥajj would be recorded for those who undertake the ziyārah of Ḥusayn(a), Imām(a) added, "And an ʿUmrah as well, O' Muḥammad!"