The Angels pray for Visitors

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  • Imām Ṣādiq(a) said: "There are four thousand disheveled angels covered with dust by the grave of Ḥusayn(a). They weep over Him and will continue to do so until the Day of Judgment. Their leader is an angel named Manṣūr. These angels receive all who come for the ziyārah of Ḥusayn(a) and the angels accompany them when they bid farewell to Ḥusayn(a). The angels visit them if they become ill and pray over them at their funerals and seek forgiveness for them after their death."

  • Imām Ṣādiq(a) said: "Allah has devoted seventy thousand disheveled angels covered with dust to send blessings upon Ḥusayn(a) every day. They pray for those who perform his ziyārah by saying, "O' Lord! These are the visitors of Ḥusayn(a)! Do so and so for them and reward them with so and so."

  • Imām Ṣādiq(a): "Do not neglect the ziyārah of Ḥusayn(a). Do you not desire to be amongst those the angels pray for?"

  • Abān b. Taghlib relates a narration from Imām Ṣādiq(a): "I see al-Qāʾim(a) in Najaf, adjacent to Kūfa, clad in the armour of The Messenger of Allah(p). He will don it, and then enshroud it with an embroidered robe. Astride a raven-black horse adorned with a floral cluster on its forehead, he will make such a leap that people from every land will see him as if he were in their homeland. He will unfurl the flag of The Messenger of Allah(p), the mast of which is hewn from the pillars of the 'Arsh, while the rest signifies divine victory. Whatever he points this flag at will crumble. Waving it will fortify every believer's heart to be as strong as iron, and each will be instilled with the might of forty men. Deceased believers will find peace in their graves, visiting each other and sharing the joyous news of al-Qāʾim's advent.
    Then, thirteen thousand three hundred and thirteen angels will unite with al-Qāʾim(a). Abān b. Taghlib queried, "So many angels will join Him?" To which the Imām(a) affirmed, "Yes. Among them are those who accompanied Noah(a) on the Ark, stood with Abraham(a) in the face of fire, parted the sea with Moses(a), and were with Jesus(a) at his Ascension. They include the 'five thousand angels of terrific onslaught'1, 'one thousand angels marching rank upon rank'2 with The Messenger of Allah(p), three hundred and thirteen angels from the battle of Badr, and four thousand angels who descended to fight beside Ḥusayn(a), but were not given the permission to engage. These four thousand angels, disheveled and dust-covered, continue to mourn at Ḥusayn's(a) grave till the Day of Judgment, led by an angel named Manṣūr. They receive and bid farewell to the ziyārah participants, attend to them in sickness, pray over them at their funerals, and ask for their forgiveness after death. All these angels eagerly await the resurgence of al-Qāʾim(a) on earth."

  • 'Anbasa recounts: I heard Imām Ṣādiq(a) stating, "Seventy thousand angels dedicated by Allah guard Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī's(a) grave, worshipping Him by the graveside. Each of their prayers equates to a thousand human prayers, and the reward of their devotions is ascribed to those who perform the ziyārah of Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī's(a) grave. May an eternal curse from Allah, the angels, and all people befall those who martyred Ḥusayn(a)."


  1. Holy Qurʾān 3:125

  2. Holy Qurʾān 8:9