Merits

Visiting on Foot

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  • Al-Ḥusayn b. Thuwayr narrates: Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) said to me: “O’ Ḥusayn! Allāh will record one good deed for those who their houses on foot in order to perform the ziyārah of the grave of al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī( a) and erase one bad deed from them for every step they take. When they arrive at the al-Ḥāʾir, Allāh will record them as amongst those who have achieved salvation and amongst those who are successful. After they complete the rituals of the ziyārah, Allāh will record them amongst the victorious. When they decide to return, an angel will come to them and say, “Rasūl Allāh(s) sends his salutations to you and says to inform you that all of your previous sins have been forgiven. Now continue with good deeds.”

  • Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) narrates: “When a man leaves his family to visit the grave of al-Ḥusayn( a), all of his sins will be forgiven when he takes the first step. And he will become more and more purified with every step. Once he arrives at the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a), Allāh will speak to him and say, “O my slave! Ask me and I will grant it. Call me for I will answer you. Request anything and I will fulfil it. Ask me for any of your needs so that I may grant it.” Imām(a) added, “And he has earned this recompense by Allāh for that which he has spent.”

  • Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) narrates: “Allāh has devoted angels to the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a). When someone decides to go for the ziyārah of al-Ḥusayn(a), Allāh will give his sins to these angels. The angels will erase his sins when he takes his first step and the angels will multiply his good deeds with every step he takes. His good deeds will keep increasing until he has earned Heaven. Then the angels will surround him and bless him. They will call out to the angels in the heavens and say, “Bless the visitors of the beloved who is beloved of Allāh (Rasūl Allāh(s)).”

    After the visitors perform ghusl, Muḥammad(s) will call out to them and say, “O’ guests of Allāh! Be pleased for you shall join me in Heaven.” Then ʾAmīr al-Muʾminīn(a) will call out to them and say, “I guarantee the fulfilment of your requests and to keep the afflictions away from you in this life and in the Hereafter.” Then Rasūl Allāh(s) will join them on their right and left side until they return to their families.”

  • Abū al-Ṣāmit narrates: I heard Imām al-Ṣādiq(a) say: “Allāh records one thousand good deeds and erases one thousand bad deeds for every step taken by those on their way to ziyārah of the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a). He will also increase their rank one thousand times. When you arrive at the Euphrates, perform ghusl, carry your shoes, and walk barefoot like a humble slave. Once you arrive at the door of al-Ḥāʾir, recite takbīr four times. Then walk a little and repeat takbīr four more times. Then go towards the side where his head is and repeat takbīr four more times. Perform prayers beside his grave and ask Allāh for your needs.”

  • ʿAbd Allāh b. Hilāl narrates: I asked Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a), “May I be sacrificed for you! What is the least reward for those who perform ziyārah of the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a)?” Imām(a) replied, “O’ ʿAbd Allāh! The least reward for them is Allāh will protect them and their families until they return to their families and on the Day of Judgment, Allāh will be their protector.”

  • Alī b. Maʾmūn al-Ṣāʾigh narrates: Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) said to me, “O’ Ali! Perform the ziyārah of al-Ḥusayn(a). Do not neglect it.”

    I asked, “What is the reward for one who performs his ziyārah?”

    Imām(a) replied, “Allāh will record one good deed and erase one bad deed for every step taken on foot of those who perform the ziyārah of al-Ḥusayn(a). He will also add one rank to their ranks with each step taken. Once the visitor arrives at the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a), Allāh will devote two angels to him who will only write the good that come from his mouth and will not write any of the bad things he may do or say. When he leaves, they will bid him farewell and say, “O friend of Allāh! You are forgiven. You are from the party of Allāh, the party of His Messenger(s) and the party of the Household of Muḥammad(s). We swear by Allāh you will never see hellfire and it will never see you nor burn you.”

  • Sadīr al-Sayrafī narrates: We were with Imām Muḥammad al-Bāqir(a) when a young man mentioned the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a). Imām(a) said to him, “Allāh will record one good deed and erase one bad deed for every step taken by those who are going to perform the ziyārah of the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a).”

  • Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) narrates: “Those of our Shīʿa who perform the ziyārah of al-Ḥusayn(a) will not return without all of their sins having been forgiven. Allāh will record one thousand good deeds and erase one thousand bad deeds for every step they or their mount takes. He will also raise their rank one thousand times for every step.”

  • Abū Saʿīd al-Qādī narrates: I entered the chamber of Abū ʿAbd Allāh Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) and found Murazim with him. I heard Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) say: “Allāh will record the reward of freeing a slave from the children of Ismail(a) for each step taken by those who perform the ziyārah of the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a) on foot. For every time they raise their foot off the ground and then place it back down. Regarding those who travel for ziyārah of al-Ḥusayn(a) by ship; if their ship sinks, a crier from the heavens will call out to them, “Be joyous and enjoy the pleasures of Heaven.”

  • ʿAbd Allāh b. al-Najjār narrates: Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) asked me, “Do you perform the ziyārah of al-Ḥusayn(a) by ship?” I replied, “Yes.” Imām(a) said, “Do you not know that if it should sink, a crier will call out to you “Be joyous and enjoy the pleasures of Heaven.”