Sayed al-Sistani prays for the visitors of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him).

The office of the Supreme Religious Authority Sayed. Ali Al-Hussayni Al-Sistani has issued a number of recommendations and directives for the visitors travelling to perform the Ziyarat Arba'een of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), including: “... It is befitting for the believers whom Allah has granted success to perform this sacred Ziyarat, to note that Allah, the Exalted, selected prophets and their noble successors from amongst His servants to be divine proofs and authority over people and that whose teachings people should follow to be guided aright. Allah has encouraged people to visit the sacred sites so that those infallible leaders are continuously remembered and held in reverence. Since those nobles are the best examples of servitude to Allah, the Glorified and jihad in His way and sacrifice for the cause of His everlasting religion, visiting their shrines, commemorating them and narrating their stories will remind the believers of Allah, the Exalted, His doctrines and injunctions.

His Eminence has concluded his directives with a prayer for the visitors, saying: "We pray to Almighty Allah to elevate the position of Prophet Muhammad (prayers and Allah's peace be upon him and his holy Household) and his pure family (peace be upon them), due to the sacrifices they made in the way of Allah and their efforts to guide His creatures. May He increase His prayer on them as He has done to previous prophets especially Ibrahim and his family.

We also pray to Allah to bestow His blessings upon the visitors of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and accept their Ziyarat in the best way as He accepts the deeds of His noble servants so that they may, through their lifestyle and deeds in this Ziyarat, be a role model for others for the rest of their lives and be rewarded for their love of and obedience to the household of the Prophet (prayers and Allah's peace be upon him and his holy Household) and for preaching his mission.

Let's hope that on the Day of Judgement when everyone is called with his Imam, they (visitors) are called with the Ahl Al-Bayt (peace be upon them) and that those who are martyred in this way, they will be, due to their sacrifices and the sufferings which they have gone through, gathered with Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) and his companions. Verily, He is all Hearing, Ever Responsive."
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