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Ziyarat al-Arba'in

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This article is an introduction to the Ziyarat al-Arba'in; to read its text see text:Ziyarat al-Arba'in.

Ziyārat al-Arbaʿīn (Arabic: زيارة الأربعين) is religious visit to the Holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a) on the Arba'in day (Safar 20). According to the recommendation of Imams (a), Shi'as have a special attention about performing it. Shi'as in Iraq and other countries take all their efforts to reach Karbala on the Arba'in day. The procession of Arba'in is one of the largest gatherings of people in the world.


The Arba'in of Imam al-Husayn (a) is the 20th of Safar. ]n his books Tahdhib and Misbah, Al-Shaykh al-Tusi narrates from Imam al-Hasan al-'Askari (a) that the signs of a believer are five:

  • Praying 51 rak'as each day, (17 rak'as are the obligatory prayers, and 34 rak'as are the nafila prayers)
  • Ziyarat al-Arba'in
  • Wearing a ring on the right hand
  • Performing sujud on soil
  • Saying "Bism Allah al-Rahman al-Rahim" (In the name of God the all-beneficent the all merciful) aloud in prayer.[1]

Method of Ziyara

Al-Shaykh al-Tusi has transmitted from Safwan al-Jammal in al-Tahdhib"[2]

"About ziyara al-Arba'in, my master Imam al-Sadiq (a) to