Crowds of visitors continue their unparalleled march towards the holy Karbala, where the city of Diwaniyah witnessed this Tuesday and within its administrative borders, the influx of large numbers of visitors who arrived from the southern governorates.
Its main, secondary, and small streets are full of visitors, who, despite the fatigue and high temperatures, continue the journey without interruption, as the goal is the path of the true and eternal freedom!
The reporter of the Al-Kafeel Network accompanying this march said, “The people of this city, which are known for their love for al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and his visitors, are racing to have the honor of serving the walking visitors. The processions, Hussayniyat and houses have opened their doors to provide all that the visitor may need in his journey, amidst a security, health and service alert by the departments in the province.”
He added: "He who looks at the visitors who arrived from the governorates of Basra, Nasiriyah, Maysan, and of Wasit governorate, in addition to some areas of this governorate, despite the fatigue that appeared on their bodies, and the grains of dirt that covered their faces, but one sees a light above their foreheads and a determination that strengthens the weakness of their bodies, so the love is pushing them towards the sanctuary of the righteous and the Qibla of the free-men.”
Ibn Qawlawayh, Shaykh al-Kulayni, Sayed Ibn Tawoos, and many others have reported, through authoritative chains of authority, that Mu’awiyah ibn Wahab al-Bujali al-Kufi, the reverent and trustworthy reporter, has reported the following incident:
One day, I visited Imam as-Sadeq (peace be upon him) and found him in his prayer-place. I thus sat down waiting for him to accomplish his prayer. When he did, I could hear him addressing his Lord with the following words:
“O He Who has endued us with special honor, promised of granting us the right of intercession, ordered us to convey His Message, made us the inheritors of the Prophets, sealed the past nations with us, given us exclusively the representation of Prophethood, given us the knowledge of the past and the coming ages, and made hearts of some people yearn towards us, (please) forgive me, my brothers, and the pilgrims to the tomb of my father al-Hussayn ibn Ali—peace be upon them—those pilgrims who spent their money and fatigued their bodies for purpose of fulfilling their covenant to us, hoping for the reward that You have in possession for them though observing their ties with us, bringing about happiness to Your Prophet Mohammad, Allah’s prayers be upon him and his Household, responding to our instruction, and enraging our enemies. All that because they have intended for attaining Your pleasure.
So, please award them on behalf of us with the reward of Your pleasure, guard them in days and nights, safeguard their family members and sons that they have left behind for the purpose of undertaking this pilgrimage (to Imam al-Hussayn’s tomb) in the best way of safeguarding, be always with them, save them from the evils of all insolent oppressors and from the evils of all your created beings, be them strong or weak, and from the evils of all Satanic men and jinn. And please give them the best of what they have hoped for in their estrangement and in their homelands, because they have preferred us to their sons, family members, and relatives. O Allah, our enemies have been criticizing them for they are undertaking such pilgrimage; nevertheless, this has not stopped or disappointed them from undertaking this mission of coming to visit us despite of the criticism of these enemies.
So, please have mercy upon these faces that have been tanned by the heat of the sun, have mercy upon these cheeks that have been turned on the tomb of Aba-Abdillah (i.e. Imam al-Hussayn), have mercy upon these eyes that shed tears on account of feeling pity for us, have mercy upon these hearts that have mourned and grieved over our misfortunes, and have mercy upon their screams that they have cried out for us. O Allah, I beseech You to keep under Your custody these souls and these bodies (of the pilgrims of Imam al-Hussayn’s tomb) until You water them from the Divine Pond on the day of thirst.”
Imam as-Sadeq (peace be upon him) kept on praying Almighty Allah for the visitors of Imam al-Hussayn’s tomb, while prostrating himself after prayer, for a long time. When he finished, I (i.e. the reporter) said to him, “May Allah accept me as ransom for you! Even if this prayer that you have just said were said for one who does not recognize Almighty Allah, he would certainly be saved from Hellfire! By Allah I swear, I wish I had visited Imam al-Hussayn’s tomb instead of undertaking on the ritual Hajj!”
Imam as-Sadeq (peace be upon him) asked, “You are close to the tomb. What then prevents you from visiting it? Mu`awiyah, never desert visiting the tomb.”
The reporter answered, “May Allah accept me as ransom for you! I have not known that the matter is of such a high importance that it brings about such rewarding.”
The Imam (peace be upon him) said, “Listen, Mu`awiyah! Those who pray Almighty Allah for the pilgrims to Imam al-Hussayn’s tomb in the heavens are more than those who pray Him for those pilgrims in the earth. Do not abandon visiting him for fear of anything. Verily, whoever shuns visiting Imam al-Hussayn’s tomb for fear of anything shall feel extreme regret that he shall wish if he were to stay there until he would be buried next to that tomb. Do you not wish that you would present yourself before Almighty Allah among those for whom the Messenger of Allah, Ali, Fatimah, and the Infallible Imams pray? Do you not wish that you would be among those with whom the angels shall shake hands? Do you not wish that you would be among those who shall come on the Resurrection Day while they are free from any sin? Do you not wish that you would be among those with whom the Holy Prophet of Allah (Allah’s prayers be upon him and upon his holy Household) shall shake hands?”