The following short stories have been chosen from "Miracles of Ziyarat Ashura" for the benefit of the Islamic Insights community during the sad days of Muharram.
Story #4: ‘Alas, if only I had recited this Ziyarat every day!’
Shaykh Abdul Hadi Haeri Mazandarani (ra) recounts from his respected father Abul Hassan Mazandarani (ra), “I once saw Mirza Ali Naqi Tabatabai (ra) in a dream. I asked him, ‘Do you sense remorse for anything?’ He replied, ‘Yes! I regret not having recited Ziyarat-e-Ashura every day.’” (Reference: Tazkera-e-Zaakereen)
Story #9: Recitation of Ziyaarat on behalf of Wali-e-Asr (atfs)
The author of ‘Abqariyy-ul-Hissan’ Shaykh Ali Akbar Nahavandi (ra) has recorded about Sayyed Ahmad who sent him one of his works in which he mentions an incident. The latter writes, ‘I was seated in one corner of Masjid-e-Sahla. Suddenly, a Sayyed entered the room wearing a turban (amaamah) and a black clock (aba). He looked all around and then he walked towards me. He remarked, ‘Since you recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura every morning for Imam al-Zaman, collect your monthly expenses from me, so that you don’t have to depend on anyone.’ Then he gave me some money and said, ‘This should suffice you for this month.’ He left after that. In his presence, I was completely baffled. I felt as if my feet were stuck to the earth. I found myself tongue-tied and despite my best efforts could not speak anything. And this was my state until he left. Afterwards, I started looking for him all over but could not find him.’ (Reference: Abqariyy-ul-Hissan, vol 1, page 113)
Story #12: "...we are never negligent of your affairs”
A notable scholar has recorded the below-mentioned incident in his diary. One night I saw a dream, wherein I was ordered to deliver 45,000 toman to the shop of a respected person from Isfahan. (For the sake of discretion I have not mentioned that person’s name) When I woke up, I was in a dilemma as to whether I should act as per my dream. Besides I was not even sure whether I had such a large sum of money with me. However, when I began counting, to my utter shock and dismay, I discovered that I had with me exactly 45,000 tuman! So I decided to visit that shop, and deliver that amount. When I reached that place I was surprised to find that I knew that individual, who was regarded as one of the most respected persons from that city. There were two other men at the shop, so I called the shopkeeper aside and whispered that I had some urgent work with him. I took him along with me near the neighboring masjid.
The masjid was undergoing construction and there were some laborers who were busy working. I took this person towards the veranda and inquired, ‘Tell me your problem, so that I can help you." He declined to say anything. I insisted further, but he still did not tell me. I finally handed over that sum of 45,000 toman to him, but did not disclose the amount. When I gave him the money, he started weeping uncontrollably and said, ‘I am indebted for a sum of 45,000 toman. I had pledged to recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura for forty days. Today is the last day.’ (Refierence: Shafaes Sudoor vol. 1 page 126-127)
Story #14: The curtain of Ziyarat-e-Ashura
I met a very learned person in the city of Nain. Every meeting with him increased my worship and invocations with Allah and the Aimmah (as). Once he remarked, ‘Why do learned individuals like you ignore Ziyarat-e-Ashura and its boundless benefits?’ He continued, ‘I recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura regularly every morning. Once I was going to Mashad. On the way, the bus halted for salat (prayer). When I got off the bus, but realized that my copy of Mafatih al-Jinan was not with me. I was disturbed with the thought that I would not be able to recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura today. Suddenly, I happened to see a curtain across the road. To my surprise, I found the Ziyarat written on the curtain. I was relieved and recited the Ziyarat with contentment.’ While relating this incident, that person was lamenting uncontrollably.
Story #16: Illumination in the home
I went to the bookstore of Waziri (ra) with the purpose of purchasing the commentary of Ziyarat-e-Ashura. There, I met Shaykh Ali Akbar Saeedi (ra) who was the Imam of Shah Tahmaasab Mosque. When I revealed the purpose of my visit, he then proceeded to relate an incident to me.
A Zoroastrian lady had converted to Islam. She then married Abul Qasim, who was a glass merchant. They were married approximately for three years but did not have any children. They decided that they would both recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura for forty days, and seek their demands from Imam Husayn (as). So, for forty days, they recited the Ziyarat with 100 salam and curses, along with Dua-e-Alqamah. Allah (swt) accepted this from the two, with the intercession of Imam Husayn (as). Soon, the lady gave birth to a son. And this son is still alive till this day (1420AH) in Yazd, along with his family and children.
Story #24: Ziyarat-e-Ashura and the Bus
Dr. Muhammad Hadi (r.a.), son of Ayatullah Allamah Amini Najafi (r.a.) (author of the acclaimed book ‘Al Ghadeer’), writes that he saw his father in a dream, four years after his demise. This incident was in the year 1394 (A.H.) on a Thursday, at the time of dawn. His father seemed very happy and joyful. I advanced, saluted my father, and kissed his hand. I asked, ‘Which action have you performed that has gladdened you so much and made you so prosperous?' He said, ‘What did you say?’ I repeated, ‘Which action have you performed that has gladdened you so much and made you so prosperous. Was it compilation of the book ‘Al Ghadeer’, or some other book, or initiating the library in the name of Ameerul Mo’mineen (a.s.)? He replied, ‘I don’t follow what you mean, please explain your query more clearly.’ I replied, ‘Father, you have departed for the everlasting abode. What religious obligation or service has been the source of your salvation?’ My father, after pondering over my question, replied, ‘My son, it is only and only the Ziyarat of Sayyid as-Shuhada, Imam Husayn (as).’ I said, ‘Father, you must be aware of the ongoing war between Iran and Iraq, due to which all contacts between the two nations have ceased. Ziyarat of Karbala has now become impossible for us.’ He said, ‘Participate in the gatherings and assemblies of Imam Husayn (as). You will get the same reward as Ziyarat of Imam Husayn (as). My son, I have said this to you many times before this, and I am telling you about it even now, and my son, never ever abandon the recitation of Ziyarat-e-Ashura. Consider its recitation as your most important duty, and give it the rightful place in your life. The effects of its recitation are the means of salvation in this world and the hereafter...I am hopeful for your duas.’ Allamah Amini’s son writes, ‘My father despite his busy schedule used to recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura, and used to recommend this ziyarat to others as well. That is why I have been persistently reciting this ziyarat for the past thirty years.’
Story #33: A Disease Without a Cure
A scholar recounts, ‘My wife had developed a tumor in her body. However, I was completely unaware about this. One night I beheld a dream where I saw myself trapped in a room with no way out. There were only three lanterns flashing in the room, which removed the gloom. After some time a camel entered the room and sat near the entrance of the tunnel and blocked it. I was fearful and lonesome. I began praying, when I suddenly woke up from the dream. After a few days my wife fell ill. I Immediately took her to the doctor, who informed me about the tumor, which if not operated upon, could prove fatal. Most people were of the opinion that the Iranian doctor would be unable to do anything and that I should think of some other alternative. However, there was an Iranian doctor named Saeed, who was willing to operate upon my wife. But his fees were exorbitant and I could not afford him. However, faced with no other option I was forced to avail of his services. But I decided to perform the amal of Ashura, so that I may gain some respite with the intercession of Imam al-Zaman (atfs). Then later when he had performed the operation, I approached him with his fees, but he declined to accept it.' The doctor explained, ‘I had no hopes of performing this operation successfully. Therefore I pledged that if the operation turned out to be a success, I would not accept any fees. All praise be to Allah (swt) that the operation proved fruitful and the patient was cured of her ailment.' The scholar then says, ‘I did not encounter any calamity but it was solved with the performance of amal of Ashura.'
Story #35: Selection of forty students
Aqa Nasiri, who was among close companions of Ayatullah Hujjat Koh Kamraee (ra) and Aqae Gul Mohammadi Abhari (ra) narrate this incident. It was a period of drought. The people were anxious and had no idea about what to do. The students were also worried since their monthly allowance was only 10 tuman, while only a piece of bread came for one tuman. Finally, Ayatullah Hujjat Koh Kamraee summoned forty students to go to Masjid-e-Jamkaraan. Each of them was to recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura and seek relief from Imam Musa al-Kathim (as), Abu Fadl al-Abbas (as) and Ali Asghar (as). These forty students began the recitation. It was the blessing of this Ziyaarat alone that suddenly, there were dense clouds above and it started raining heavily. The drought conditions were eased and the people gained relief from its difficulties.
Story #41: Another incident
The proofreader of the book Ziyaarat-e-Ashura and its Miraculous Benefits writes, ‘In those days my eyes were red and puffed up. Also, my eyesight was gradually diminishing.When I read the incidents in the book, I also decided to perform the amal of Ashura. With the provision and grace of this ziyarat, my eyesight was restored.