Visitors Intercede for Others

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  • Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) narrates: “On the Day of ʿArafah, the Mercy of Allāh will be revealed to those who perform the ziyārah of the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a) before those who were in ʿArafah. Allāh will fulfill their needs, forgive their sins and accept their intercession. Afterwards, He will attend to the people of ʿArafah and bless them in the same way.”

  • Sayf al-Tammār narrates: I heard Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) say, “On the Day of Judgment the visitor of al-Ḥusayn(a) will be able to intercede for one hundred people who were sinful in this life and upon whom hellfire was ordained.”

  • Ṣafwān al-Jamāl narrates: I asked Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a), “What is the reward for those who are martyred next to the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a) or those who are captured by an oppressive ruler and then martyred?”

    Imām(a) replied, “All of their sins will be forgiven with the first drop of their blood which is spelled. Then the angels will cleanse the clay from which they were created. The impurities that were mixed with their clay will be removed until it becomes as pure as the clay of the devoted prophets. Then their heart will be cleansed, broadened, and filled with faith. They will meet Allāh whilst being pure from every impurity. They will be able to intercede for their family members and one thousand of their brothers in faith. Jabrāʾīl(a) and the Angel of Death along with the angels will pray for them. Their shroud and embalmment will be brought for them from paradise. Their graves will be expanded, filled with light and a door opened from paradise to their graves. The angels will bring gifts from paradise to them. Eighteen days later, they will be moved to the Sacred Sanctuary and will remain there in the company of Allāh’s Divine Authorities until the trumpet is sounded, leaving nothing alive. When the trumpet is sounded for the second time, they will be resurrected from their graves and first to shake their hands will be Rasūl Allāh(s), ʾAmīr al-Muʾminīn(a) and the Imāms(a). They will give glad tidings to the visitors (of al-Ḥusayn) and tell them to hold onto and follow them to al-Kawthar where they will be allowed to drink and give water to whomever they wish.”

  • Sulaymān b. Khālid narrates: I heard Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) say, “Every day and night Allāh looks upon the earth one hundred thousand times. With each look He forgives who He wills and punishes who He wills. Allāh forgives those who perform the ziyārah of the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a), their family members, and those for whom the visitor will intercede for on the Day of Judgment, even if they are among those upon whom hell was ordained.” I asked, “Even if they are amongst those upon whom hellfire was ordained?” Imām(a) replied, “Yes unless they are Nāṣibī1.”

  • Imām Jaʿfar al-Ṣādiq(a) narrates: “On the Day of Judgment, a crier will call out, “Where are the Shīʿa of the Household of Muḥammad(s)?”

    A group of people so large it can only be counted by Allāh will rise and move aside.” Then a crier will call out, “Where are the visitors of the grave of al-Ḥusayn(a)?” A group of people will rise and they will be told, “Take the hand of whomsoever you wish and take them to paradise with you.”

    They will take whomever they like to paradise until others will become to call to them, “O so and so! Do you not remember me? I stood up for you once out of your respect.” The man will take him to paradise without any interruption.”


  1. Nāṣibī (Arabic: ناصبي) is someone who is hostile, and publicly displays his or her hostility, towards Imām Alī(a) or other persons from Ahl al-Bayt(a).