Among the recommendations and directives issued by the office of His Eminence the Supreme Religious Authority Sayed Ali Al-Hussayni Al-Sistani to the visitors travelling to perform the Ziyarat Arba'een of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), emphasizing - the female visitors- on the importance of observing Hijab and chastity, following the steps of Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them) even in the hardest circumstances. Answering a number of believers who have asked fatherly advice on this great occasion, to be spread across all segments of the community.
The text is as follows:
“Fear Allah in observing Hijab and modest clothing which is amongst the most important thing that the Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them) heeded to even in the most difficult circumstances and they were the best role models in terms of observing Hijab and modest clothing. Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) was not hurt as much as he was hurt by the enemy due to violation of his dignity and respect.
It is, therefore, necessary for all visitors (pilgrims) especially ladies to observe modesty in their conducts, clothing and appearance and to avoid whatever is deemed a violation of this e.g. wearing close-fitting clothes, mixing up in an abominable way with members of the opposite gender and wearing inadmissible jewellery. In fact, it is befitting for believers that in order for them to keep the sacred ritual untainted, they have to, as far as possible, adhere to the highest levels of modesty.”