English Translation of Ziarat of
Imam Ali (asws) ibn Abi Talib (as)
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Muhammad ibn Hasan ibn Walid narrated in his book Kitab al Jami that: Abul Hasan Imam Musa Kazim (asws) recited the following beside the grave of Ameerul Momineen (asws):
Salam be upon You, O Wali of Allah
I testify that You were the first oppressed one and the first one whose right was forcefully taken. You stayed patient awaiting that, which was certain to come to You
And I testify that You went before Allah as shaheed (martyr). May Allah punish Your killer with ever-changing punishment. May He continuously renew the punishment of Your killer
I stand before You fully aware of Your right and Your status. I disassociate from Your enemies and those who oppressed You. InshaAllah I shall meet with my Lord while being in this state.
My sins are numerous so intercede for me with Your Lord, O my Master, for You have an elevated position and status before Allah and You have the power to intercede for Allah says, “they do not intercede except for him whom He approves” (Quran 21:28)
Imam Musa Kazim (asws) would also recite the following next to the grave of Ameerul Momineen (asws):
Praise be to Allah who honored me by allowing me to know Him, to know His Messenger (saw), and those whose obedience Allah made wajib (obligatory) upon me, I turn towards Him through His mercy and through faith
Praise be to Allah who permitted me and provided for me a means of traveling through His land. He made that which was far be near and kept me safe until I entered sacred sanctuary of the Brother of His Messenger (saw) in well-being.
Praise be to Allah who allowed me to be amongst those who perform Ziarat of the grave of the Wasi (successor) of His Messenger (saw)
Praise be to Allah who guided us and had it not been for His guidance then we would have remained amongst those who are lost
I testify that there is no god except Allah and He is One without any partners
I testify that Muhammad (saw) is His servant and messenger who came with Haq (truth) from Allah
I testify that Ali (asws) is the servant of Allah and the brother of His Messenger (saw)
O’Allah! Your slave and visitor seeks Your nearness by performing the Ziarat of the grave of the Brother of Your Prophet (saw). Every host has a duty to those who visit. You are the best One to visit and the most
O’Allah! O’ Rahman! O’ Raheem! O’ Jawad! O’ Wahid! O’ Ahad! O’ Fard! O’ Samid!
O’ He who does not beget nor is begotten; for there is none like Him
I beseech You to send Your blessings upon Muhammad (saw) and Aal e Muhammad (asws) and His Ahlul Bayt (asws)
Make my release from the Hellfire as my reward for performing the Ziarat of this spot. And make me amongst those who “hasten to do good works” (Quran 2:148), and among those who pray to You with longing and apprehension and among those who humble themselves before You.
O’Allah! You have bestowed upon me good tidings through the tongue of Muhammad (saw) who said “bring unto those who believe the good tidings that they have a sure footing with their Lord” (Quran 10:2)
O’ Allah! I am Your believer and am certain of all of Your Prophets. Since I have acknowledged Them, do not on the day of judgment cause me to stand and be exposed before the witnesses. Instead, allow me to beside them. Take my life while I believe in Them. For, They are Your Servants and You have bestowed honor upon Them and ordered me to follow Them.
Then come near to the grave and recite:
Peace and blessings from Allah be upon Muhammad (saw) son of Abdullah (as), the Trustee of the revelation of Allah and His Will, The source of His Revelation and Inspiration, The last of that which has passed and the first of that which is to come, Master over the dominion, Witness upon the creation, and the shining light.
May the peace, blessings, and Mercy of Allah be upon Him
O’ Allah! Send upon Muhammad (saw) and His oppressed Ahlul Bayt (asws) the highest, most perfect and most exalted of any of the blessings which You have bestowed upon Your Prophets, Messengers, or Your Chosen.
O’ Allah! Send Your blessings upon Ali Ameerul Momineen (asws), Your slave and the best of Your creation after Your Prophet (saw), the Brother of Your Prophet (saw) and the Wasi (inheritor) of Your Prophet (saw), the One whom You chose from Your creation after Your Prophet (saw), the Guide for those You sent with Your Message, the acknowledged ruler of the religion with Your justice, the Decisive Judgment upon Your creation. May Your Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon Him.
O’Allah! Send Your blessings upon the Imams (asws) from His Sons (asws) who fulfill Your Affairs after Him, the Purified Ones with whom You are pleased as the supporters of Your religion, the maintainers of Your Secret, and as witnesses upon Your creation, and as flags of guidance for Your slaves.
Now recite durood as much as you can and then recite the following:
Peace be upon the entrusted Imams (asws),
Peace be upon the Pure Ones from the creation of Allah
Peace be upon the knowledgeable Imams (asws)
Peace be upon the momineen who fulfilled Your command and supported the Divine Authorities appointed by Allah, and who were fearful when They were fearful.
Peace be upon the Angels which are nearest to Allah
Then recite the following:
May the peace, blessings, and mercy of Allah be upon You, O’ Ameerul Momineen (asws)!
Peace be upon You, O’ Beloved of Allah
Peace be upon You, O’ Chosen of Allah
Peace be upon You, O’ Wali of Allah
Peace be upon You, O’ Hujjatul Allah (proof of Allah)
Peace be upon You, O’ Pillar of the Religion and the Inheritor of the Knowledge from the first through the last, and Siratul Mustaqeem (the straight path).
I testify that You established the prayers, gave zakat, enjoined the good and forbid the evil, followed the Messenger (saw), recited the Book as it should be recited, fought in the way of Allah as it should be, and were sincere with Allah and His Messenger (saw). For You sacrificed Yourself, fighting for the religion of Allah, protecting the Messenger (saw) of Allah, wishing for that which is with Allah and desiring only that which is promised by Allah. You left this way as You lived in this world, as a martyr who is a witness upon the creation and is witnessed to by Allah.
May Allah bestow upon You the best honor on behalf of His Messenger (saw), Islam and its nation.
May the wrath of Allah be upon those who slay You, on those who were against You, on those who forged lies against You and oppressed You, on those who usurped Your right and upon those who were pleased upon hearing of the usurpation of Your right. I seek the nearness of Allah by disassociating myself from them.
May the wrath of Allah be upon the nation who opposed You, who denied Your Wilayat, who rebelled against You, who slaughtered You and who deviated from You and disappointed You. Praise be to Allah who made Hell as their abode. What a vile destination it is and what a vile destination shall they enter! How lowly and abject is their place!
O’ Allah! Send Lanat upon those who slew Your Prophets (as) and those who slew the Successors (as) of Your Prophets (as) from all of Your abundant condemnations and burn them with Your blazing fires. O’Allah! Send Lanat upon the Jiabit, Taghut, and the pharaohs, and the Laat, the Uzza, and the Jibt, and every other object that is worshipped other than Allah. O’ Allah! Incessantly send lanat upon them, those who follow and obey them, their friends, their supporters, and their lovers.
Then recite the following three times:
O’Allah! Send Lanat upon the killers of Ameerul Momineen (asws)
O’Allah! Send Lanat the killers of Hasan (asws) and Hussain (asws)
O’Allah! Torment them with a chastisement that is so agonizing You would never punish anyone else with it. Increasingly multiply their punishment due to how they aggrieved Your Appointed Authorities. Prepare a punishment for them, which has never been afflicted upon any other of Your creation.
O’Allah! Cast an ever increasing torment in the lowest levels of the Hellfire upon those who slaughtered the supporters of Your Rasool (saw), those who slaughtered the supporters of Ameerul Momineen (asws), those who slaughtered the supporters of Hasan (asws) and those who slaughtered the supporters of Hussain (asws) and those who slaughtered the supporters of the Wilayat of Aal e Muhammad (asws). And torment them with such a torment that will leave them hopeless and accursed with their heads bowed in disgrace before their Lord, seeing how their remorse and disgrace will last forever for having slaughtered the followers of the Progeny of Your Prophets, Messengers, and Righteous Slaves.
O’Allah! Send Lanat upon them in all times, openly and unseen, in Your earth and in Your heavens.
O’Allah! Make my tongue truthful regarding Your Auwliya and make me love Their places until You cause me to join Them. And make me of those who follow Them in this life and in the Hereafter, O’ the Most Merciful of the Merciful!
Then sit by His head and recite the following:
May the salam of Allah and the salam of those angels nearest to Him be upon You, and the salam of those angels who submit to You with their hearts, who extol Your virtues, and testify to Your honesty, loyalty and integrity. May the salam of Allah be upon You, Your Ruh, and Your body.
I testify that You are Tahir (Pure), Taheer (Purity), and Mutahir (Purifier).
O’Wali of Allah and Wali of His Messenger (saw)! I testify You announced the decree of Allah and fulfilled Your duties.
I testify You are Janibullah (side of Allah), You are Babullah (door of Allah), You are Wajullah (face of Allah) through which He is approached, You are Khaleelullah (friend of Allah), and You are Abdullah (slave of Allah) and the brother of RasoolAllah (saw).
I have come to visit You due to the greatness of Your position and status with Allah and His Messenger (saw). I have come to visit You in order to seek the nearness of Allah, to request salvation, and seeking refuge with You from the fires which the likes of me deserves for the crimes I have committed against myself.
I have come to You and to Your Son, the heir after You and Imam of the Time, with the blessing of Haq (truth) and with hope in no other. My heart is submissive to You, I follow Your commands, and I am prepared to support You. I have come as Your guest, seeking to perfect my status before Allah.
O’ my Moula! You are the one Allah has ordered me to obey and the one Allah has warned me to be loyal to and whose grace Allah has manifested for me. Allah has guided me towards loving You and given me the desire to visit You to ask for the fulfillment of my needs.
You are part of Ahlul Bayt (asws) whose lovers are blessed. Those who come to You will not be disappointed and those who desire You will not be lost. But those who oppose You will never obtain success. I cannot find any other more benevolent than You with whom to seek refuge. You are the merciful Ahlul Bayt, the pillars of the deen, the foundation of the earth, and Shajr e Tooba.
O’Allah! Do not hinder my approaching You through Your Rasool (saw) and Aal e Rasool (asws) (His Family).
O’Allah! You bestowed Your favor upon me through the ziarat of my Moula, through His Wilayat, and His marifat (recognition). Therefore, make me among those whom You support and with those who will be victorious. Honor me by allowing me to support Your religion in this life and in the Hereafter.
O’Allah! Make me live the way Ali (asws) ibn Abi Talib (as) lived and make me leave this world on the same path as the one Ali (asws) ibn Abi Talib (as) was on when He left this world.
Imam al Hadi (asws) narrates: Recite the following beside the grave of Ameerul Momineen (asws):
Salam upon You, O’ Waliullah! You are the first who was oppressed and the first one whose right was usurped. You remained patient, awaiting the rewards from Allah until that which was certain came to You.
I testify You met Allah as a martyr. May Allah torment Your killer with endless kinds of torments and may Allah renew the torment of Your killer over and over.
I have come to You while being aware of Your right and blessed with the understanding of Your status. I love those who love You and I am hostile against Your enemies and those who oppressed You. InshaAllah I shall meet with My Lord in this very state.
O’Waliullah! My sins are great so intercede for me with Your Lord, for You have a known position and great status with Allah. You have the power to intercede before Allah. For He has said, “and they offer no intercession except for those who are He has approved, and they stand in awe and reverence of His (Glory).” (Quran 21:28)
Imam Reza (asws) narrates from His Father Musa (asws) ibn Jafar (asws) (Imam Musa Kazim asws) who said His Father Imam Jafar Sadiq (asws) said: “Ali (asws) ibn Hussain (asws), Zainul Abideen (asws), went to perform the Ziarat of the grave of Ameerul Momineen Ali (asws) ibn Abi Talib (as). He stood beside the grave and said:
Salam be upon You O Ameerul Momineen (asws) along with the blessings and mercy of Allah
Salam be upon You O Trustee of Allah in His earth and His Hujjat (proof) over His servants.
Salam be upon You O Ameerul Momineen (asws)
I testify that You strived truthfully in the way of Allah and Your actions are based upon His Book. You followed the sunnah of the Prophet (saw) until Allah called You to His side and raised You to Himself. He established a Hujjah (proof) for Your enemies even though they martyred You because You are the Hujjat (proof) of Allah over all of His creation
O Allah! Make me certain about that which You have ordained, pleased with all that You have decreed, desiring of Your Remembrance, prayerful for Your chosen Friends that are loved throughout Your earth and Your heavens, patient during tribulations, and thankful for Your bounteous blessings.
Make me to remember Your endless bounties, long for the occasion of Your meeting, pious on the Day of Your Reward, a follower of the sunnah of Your Friends, to abandon the akhlaq (etiquette) of Your enemies, and immersed in this world with Your Praise and Glorification
Then He placed His cheek on the grave of Ameerul Momineen (asws) and said:
O Allah! The hearts of those who stand before You with humility are filled with an absolute belief. Those who desire nearness of You are aware of which path will lead them to You. Signs are made clear for those who seek Your marifat (recognition). The hearts of who know You are filled with fear of You. The gates through which You answer the people are open. The prayers of those who whisper to You are fulfilled. The repentance of those who return to You is accepted. The tears of those who weep in fear of You are dealt with mercifully. Assistance is available to those who seek it from You. Refuge is generously given to those seek it with You. You keep the promises made to Your servants. You reduce the sins of those who ask. You preserve the good deeds performed by the people for them. The rizq of Your creation descends upon them from You and is continuously increased by You. You forgive the sins of those who seek forgiveness and fulfill the needs of Your creation. The rewards for those who ask are available in multitudes with You and even greater rewards are bestowed upon Your creation by You. The tables of food are prepared for those who search for it and the fountains are filled for the thirsty.
O Allah! Answer my prayers, accept my praise, fulfill my hopes, and unite me with my friends for the sake of Muhammad (saw), Ali (asws), Fatimah (sa), Hasan (asws) and Hussain (asws). You are the Master of my blessings, my greatest desires, and my heartfelt hopes in my final resting place and last destination.
You are My God, My Lord and My Master. Forgive me and forgive our friends. Keep our enemies far from us and do not allow them to bring harm to us. Make clear the word of Haq (truth) and make it the highest word and make the word of batil (falsehood) be refuted and less than the word of Haq. You have power over all things.
Imam Musa Kazim (asws) narrates: Recite the following when bidding farewell to the grave of Ameerul Momineen (asws):
Salam to You and may the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon You. I entrust You with Allah and I ask Allah to protect You. I extend my salam to You. We believe in Allah, His messengers, all that which they brought with them and that to which they invited and guided the people. Include us among those who testify.
O’ Allah! Do not let this be the last time I come for His Ziarat. If You take my life before I perform His Ziarat again, then I will testify after my death to that which I testified during my life. I testify that You are the Imams (and name the Imams (asws) one after another)
And I testify those who killed and fought against Them were mushriks (polytheists). And those who opposed Their words and Their knowledge are in the lowest levels of Hell. I testify those who fought against Them are our enemies and we disassociate ourselves from them for they are the part of Shaitan
May the lanat of Allah, the lanat of the angels, and the lanat from all of the people be upon those who slaughtered Them, those who participated in Their slaughtering and those who were pleased with it.
O’ Allah! After the prayers and after saying salam to the Imams (asws), I ask You to send Your blessing on Muhammad (saw) and Aal e Muhammad (asws). Do not let this be the last time I come for His Ziarat and if it is then resurrect me with the mentioned Imams (asws).
O’ Allah! Humble our hearts before Them through our obedience and sincerity to Them, our love for Them, and our support for Them.
Ref: Kamil al Ziarat