Presentation on theme: "ALI 165: Preparing for Ziyaarah to Iraq"— Presentation transcript:
1 ALI 165: Preparing for Ziyaarah to Iraq Session 1: SaturdaySafar /January 22, 2010
2 Qur’ānic Āyāt 2:197وَمَا تَفْعَلُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللَّهُ وَتَزَوَّدُوا فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُونِي يَا أُوْلِي الأَلْبَابِ2:197 And whatever good you do, Allah knows it. And take provision, for indeed the best provision is taqwaa. So be wary of Me, O you who people of understanding! (‘Allamah Tabataba’i: It is a reminder that one’s actions are not hidden from Allah, so that one’s acts of worship might not be devoid of the spirit of devotion; so that one might not go through the external rites of worship with one’s mind absent and one’s heart forgetful)
3 What will be coveredin this webinar? Items which are overlooked: adaab of traveling, manners of visiting the holy Imams, what needs to be done thereSignificance & history of some of the placesHow to derive maximum benefits?Recommended recitationsMiscellaneous itemsQuestion & answer pertaining to ziyaarah
4 Know that you are on holy journey Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq (a) said to Ibn Marid, “O son of Marid, whoever performs the ziyaarah of my grandfather, the Commander of the Faithful (‘a), with awareness of his merits, Almighty Allah writes for him the reward of a well-received Hajj and an approved ‘umrah for every one of his steps. O son of Marid, by Allah, the fire of hell will not touch the feet that are covered with dust during pilgrimage to the tomb of the Commander of the Faithful (‘a), regardless of whether he makes the journey on foot or mounted. O son of Marid, write this Hadith with gold-water.” Mafateeh, Ch. 4, Merits of visiting Amirul Mu’minin.Know that there numerous such Hadiths for various Imams
5 Adaab of safar, i.e. Etiquette of traveling Recommended days for traveling - Leave on Saturday if you can. Good days to travel are Saturday, Tuesday, or or Thursday.Preparations before ziyaarah trip- fast on the Wednesday, Thursday and FridayWhat to read & recite before leavingEnsure never to make your salat qadhaRemain focused during the tripRemain content with your situation
6 Sample of what to recite Allah has chosen you for this special trip, so be continuously thankful to Allah, have a heart that remembers, a tongue that recites dhikr, and an eye that weepsImam al-Sadiq (a) says: Buy the safety of your trip through charity. Holy Prophet (s) recite the 5 surahs before any travelO Allah, I leave my house seeking Your grace and to visit the wasee (Legatee) of Your Prophet, may Your blessings be upon them. So make it easy for me and provide me with the means for undertaking the ziyaarah, and take care of my family in my absence, making good for it in the best manner, O Most merciful of the merciful!
7 Manners of visiting the Holy personalities (a) Knowledge about the personUnderstand & ponder over recitaitonsWhat if we were to visit them during their life time? How different it would be?Total humility & reverence when approachingA‘maal besides idhn dukhool & ziyaarahRenewal of the pledge to the Imam (a)How can I change on account of this trip?
8 Specific mannersPerform the ziyaarah of Amirul Mu’minin (‘a), without pride and arrogance and with an awareness of his merits—that is, knowing that he is (i) the Prophet’s direct successor & (ii) an Imam obeying whom is obligatoryTake ghusl, put on clean clothes and apply some perfume to oneself, if available (all holy places except Karbala)Women in najasaat cannot enter the Haram
9 Interaction with fellow pilgrims Be considerate to them. They have rights over you. Serve them, prepare necessities for them. The 4th Imam used to travel with Hujjaj unknown, so he would have a chance to serve themOverlook their faults and mistakesProper use of bathrooms & keeping bedrooms cleanAvoid: loud talking, inappropriate joking, making fuss about issues, talking privately, entering places reserved for womenhave pleasant manners and interactions with others.
10 Interacting with other pilgrims Some items similar to fellow pilgrimsNet work with them, exchange contactsHave a look at Du‘a manuals they are usingTheir way of devotion may be betterGreet them, pray for them, take interest in their affairs, esp. situations in their countriesVisit their programs, if they invite youInvite them for a meal, with the permission of your group leader; or invite them to a restaurant