Things which are Makrūh

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  • Imām Ṣādiq(a) conveyed: "It has come to my attention that there are individuals who embark on the ziyārah of Ḥusayn(a) carrying a variety of foods, including akhbisah1 and other similar desserts. Intriguingly, they would never consider doing the same when visiting the graves of their dearly departed loved ones."

  • Abūl Maḍā recounted: Imām Ṣādiq(a) queried, "Do you visit the grave of Ḥusayn(a)?" To which I affirmed, "Yes." The Imām(a) then asked, "Do you bring various types of food with you?" Again, I affirmed, "Yes." The Imām(a) pointed out, "You would never act in such a way while visiting the graves of your parents." Confused, I asked, "Then what should we consume?" Imām(a) advised, "Bread and milk." Abūl Maḍā added, "ʿAbdul Karīm b. `Amr reported that he said to Imām Ṣādiq(a), 'May I be your sacrifice! There are individuals who undertake the ziyārah to Ḥusayn's grave while carrying delectable foods.' Imām(a) reiterated, 'They would never behave this way when visiting their parents' graves.'"

Imām Ṣādiq(a) related: "I have been notified that certain individuals performing the ziyārah of Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī(a) bring various kinds of foods with them, including the dessert, akhbisah. Strangely enough, they would not consider doing this while visiting the resting places of their loved ones."

Imām Ṣādiq(a) declared: "Visiting Imām Ḥusayn(a) is typically preferable to not visiting. However, there are instances when refraining from the ziyārah is more advisable than performing it." Shocked, I exclaimed, "You have shaken me to my core!" The Imām(a) retorted, "By Allah! When you visit your fathers' graves, you are filled with sorrow, yet when you go for Ḥusayn's ziyārah, you carry various kinds of food with you. No! It's better you abstain unless you approach in a disheveled state, covered in dust."


  1. A type of dessert made from mashed dates