WikiShia:Featured Article/2017/43

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Al-Ziyarah al-Jami'a al-Kabira (Arabic: الزیارة الجامعة الکبیرة) is among the most important and most perfect ziyarah texts [message recited upon the visit] for the Infallible Imams (a). This ziyarah message was given by Imam al-Hadi (a) to a Shi'a upon his request.

Al-Ziyarah al-Jami'a al-Kabira is in fact a long and eloquent description of different perspectives of the concept of imamate which Shi'a believes that survival of religion depends on believing and adhering to this principle. Due to its content referring to Imams' (a) positions, Imam al-Hadi (a) said that the pilgrim says "Allah Akbar" 100 times before reciting this ziyarah so that he does not fall into exaggeration about Imams (a).

In this ziyarah, Ahl al-Bayt (a) have been described as the rightful successors of the prophet (s) and all Shi'a teachings are explained in a clear language, including the connection between Imams (a) and the Holy Prophet (s), mentioning scholarly, moral, and political merits of Imams (a), their example, the relation between imamate and Tawhid, the relation between knowing Imams (a) and knowing God, infallibility of the Ahl al-Bayt (a), and etc. In this ziyarah, merits of Imams (a) are mentioned in connection with the Qur'an and the conduct of the Prophet (s) in the best way possible. Read more...