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Ziyarat Arbaeen part 7

The pure, untouched genealogy of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him أَشْهَدُ اَنَّكَ كُنْتَ نُوراً فىِ الأَصْلاَبِ الشَّامِخَةِ وَالأَرْحَامِ الـْمُطَهَّرَةِ، لَمْ تُنَجِّسْكَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةُ بِاَنْجَاسِهَا وَلَمْ تُلْبِسْكَ الْـمُدْلَهِمَّاتُ مِنْ ثِيَابِها، وأَشْهَدُ أَنَّكَ مِنْ دَعَائِمِ الدِّينِ وأَرْكَانِ الـْمُسْلِمينَ وَمَعْقِلِ الْـمُؤْمِنينَ I know and bear witness that you were a Divinely-inspired light in the sublime loins and in the pure wombs, never touched you the dirt of ignorance, nor ever obscurity concealed you ... Read More »

Ziyarat Arbaeen part 6

Renewal of the pledge of allegiance to the Doyen of the Martyrs, al-Husayn ibn Ali, peace be upon them both أَللَّـهُمَّ إِنِّي أُشْهِدُكَ أَنِّي وَلِيٌّ لـِمَنْ وَالاَهُ وَعَدُوٌّ لِـمَنْ عَادَاهُ O Allah be my witness that I make friends with those who love him and oppose those who deny him. بِأَبِي أَنْتَ وَأُمّي يَا بْنَ رَسُولِ اللهِ May my father and mother be sacrificed for you O the son of ... Read More »

Ziyarat Arbaeen part 5

Learning life lessons from the Leader of the Martyrs أَشْهَدُ اَنَّكَ اَمِينُ اللهِ وَابْنُ اَمِينِهِ، I bear witness that Allah put faith in you like He had full confidence in your father, عِشْتَ سَعِيداً وَمَضَيْتَ حَمِيداً وَمُتَّ فَقِيداً مَظْلُوماً شَهِيداً and that you always looked for and collected good and virtue, lived a highly praiseworthy life, and departed from this world a martyr, forsaken and abused; وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ اللهِ مُنْجِزٌ ... Read More »

Ziyarat Arbaeen part 4

A glimpse at the killers of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him وَقَدْ تَوازَرَ عَلَيْهِ مَنْ غَرَّتْهُ الدُّنْيَا، وَبَاعَ حَظَّهُ بِالأَرْذَلِ الأَدْنَى، وَشَرَى آخِرَتَهُ بِالثَّمَنِ الأَوْكَسِ، وَتَغَطْرَسَ وَتَرَدّى فِي هَوَاهُ، وَأَسْخَطَكَ وَأَسْخَطَ نَبِيَّكَ، وَأَطَاعَ مِنْ عِبَادِكَ أَهْلَ الشِّقَاقِ وَالنِّفَاقِ وَحَمَلَةَ الأَوْزَارِ الْـمُسْتَوْجِبِينَ النَّارَ، فَجَاهَدَهُمْ فِيكَ صَابِراً مُحْتَسِباً حَتَّى سُفِكَ فِي طَاعَتِكَ دَمُهُ وَاسْتُبِيحَ حَرِيمُهُ، But an evildoer, deceived with empty hopes of mean and worthless worldly gains, had pressed heavily ... Read More »

Ziyarat Arbaeen part 3

The goals of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him, in his uprising فَأَعْذَرَ فىِ الدُّعَاءِ وَمَنَحَ النُّصْحَ، وَبَذَلَ مُهْجَتَهُ فِيكَ لِيَسْتَنْقِذَ عِبَادَكَ مِنَ الْجَهَالَةِ وَحَيْرَةِ الضَّلاَلَةِ، He met with deadly dangers, acted justly and fairly, made use of everything belonging to him to pay full attention to give sincere advice; took pains, made every effort, and put his heart, mind, soul and life at the disposal of Thy mission to ... Read More »

Ziyarat Arbaeen part 2

Martyrdom and the bearing of witness by Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq, peace be upon him, in regards to the greatness and lofty status of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him أَللَّـهُمَّ إِنِّي أَشْهَدُ أَنَّهُ وَلِيُّكَ وَابْنُ وَلِيِّكَ وَصَفِيُّكَ وَابْنُ صَفِيِّكَ الْفَائِزُ بِكَرَامَتِكَ، أَكْرَمْتَهُ بِالشَّهَادَةِ وَحَبَوْتَهُ بِالسَّعَادَةِ، وَأَجْتَبَيْتَهُ بِطِيبِ الْوِلاَدَةِ، وَجَعَلْتَهُ سَيِّداً مِنَ السَّادَةِ، وَقَائِداً مِنَ الْقَادَةِ، وَذَائِداً مِنَ الَّذَادَةِ، وَأَعْطَيْتَهُ مَوَارِيثَ الأَنْبِيَاءِ، وَجَعَلْتَهُ حُجَّةً عَلى خَلْقِكَ مِنَ الأَوْصِيَاءِ، O Allah! I ... Read More »

Ziyarat Arbaeen part 1

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ In The Name of Allah, The Benefecient, The Merciful Part One Sending our greetings of peace, prayers and salutations upon the Master of the Martyrs أَلسَّلاَمُ عَلىٰ وَلِيِّ اللهِ وَحَبِيبِهِ، Peace be upon the intimate friend of Allah, and His beloved! أَلسَّلاَمُ عَلىٰ خَلِيلِ اللهِ وَنَجِيبِهِ. Peace be upon the close friend of Allah, and His confidant! أَلسَّلاَمُ عَلىٰ صَفِيِّ اللهِ وَابْنِ صَفِيِّهِ Peace be upon ... Read More »

Does the number 40 have any significance?

It is very much possible that the visitation of Jabir on the 20th of Safar was “by chance” or a “coincidence” and that the 40th has/had no significance and because he reached there on the 20th of Safar that we now too mark this day – or it could be that this day actually does have some mystical and spiritual importance? In fact, there is spiritual significance to some numbers ... Read More »

Arbaeen of Imam Husayn

What follows in this piece is a brief look at the “Arba‘een” [the commemoration of 40 days after the tragic events of Karbala] of Imam al-Husayn, peace be upon him. The article concludes with the Arabic text of Ziyarat Arba‘een with full English translation and a brief exposition on certain passages of this powerful and moving visitation. Insha-Allah, a more comprehensive understanding of this ziyarat will be presented in the ... Read More »

Millions of Muslims marching to Karbala for Arba’een

Millions of Muslims marching to Karbala for Arba’een

Millions of Muslims have been marching toward the shrine of the Third Shia Imam, Imam Hossein (PBUH), in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala, to mark the 40th day to follow the anniversary of his martyrdom back in the seventh century. The faithful continued their procession on Tuesday with hearts brimming with his love. The passion has made them resolute in the face of potential terrorism on their path to ... Read More »