Al-Ziyarah al-Rajabiyya li-l-Imam al-Husayn (a)

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This article is about a ziyarah for Imam al-Husayn (a) in Rajab. For the ziyarah for all Imams (a) during Rajab, see Al-Ziyarah al-Rajabiyya.
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Al-Zīyārah al-Rajabīyya li l-Imām al-Ḥusayn (Arabic: الزیارة الرجبیة للإمام الحسین) is a ziyarah of Imam al-Husayn (a) which is recited on Rajab 1 and Sha'ban 15. In this ziyarah, peace is sent to Imam al-Husayn (a) and 87 people from his l\companions, some of whom are not among the Martyrs of Karbala.

There is another ziyarah called al-Ziyara al-Rajabiyya for all Imams (a) during the Rajab month.

Chains of the Transmission

The main source of the ziyarah is Sayyid b. Tawus's book, Iqbal al-a'mal. He has cited the ziyarah without mentioning any chains of transmitters. In his book, Bihar al-anwar, 'Allama Majlisi mentions books of al-Shaykh al-Mufid and Sayyid b. Tawus as sources of the ziyarah, but he does not mention the title of al-Shaykh al-Mufid's book. Some people speculate that Sayyid b. Tawus might have written this ziyarah on his own.

Contents

The ziyarah is addressed to Imam al-Husayn (a) and his companions and it is recited on Rajab 1 and Sha'ban 15. After several greetings (salam) addressed to Imam al-Husayn (a), some tragedies in the Event of Ashura and prominent characteristics of the Imam (a) are mentioned, and then the ziyarah ends with short greetings addressed to his companions. In this part, 12 martyrs of Banu Hashim in the event of Karbala are also greeted.

In one part of the ziyarah, 75 people from Imam al-Husayn's (a) companions are mentioned and are individually greeted. Some people in this part are not among the Martyrs of Karbala, such as 'Uqba b. Sam'an. In the present version of the ziyarah, Hurr b. Yazid al-Riyahi is mentioned twice. But in Bihar al-anwar's version, in one of these two cases Jurayr b. Ziyad al-Riyahi is mentioned instead.

At the end of the ziyarah, companions of Imam al-Husayn (a) are characterized as "rabbaniyyun" (men of the Lord), God's elect, God's special servants, martyrs in the way of calling to the truth, loyal devoted companions, and prosperous people in the afterlife.

Comparison with Ziyarah al-Shuhada

There are some common as well as different names in the Ziyarah al-Shuhada which also contains the names of the Martyrs of Karbala (63 names). In his book, Ansar al-Husayn, Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din takes Ziyarah al-Shuhada to be more reliable than al-Ziyara al-Rajabiyya, criticizing the additional names of Imam al-Husayn's (a) companions in the latter.

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