(Nov 2016) I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Iraq, Karbala and Najaf, for pilgrimage.
There is no real way to prepare yourself for the KUN Ziarat if you have the opportunityINSA for going. it seems like every visit , brings with it different emotions. I had to make a list of the things i am grateful for and the things i wanted to pray for including forgiveness of my sins. When i left home i was scared, not for my safety since i have always been a believer that if it is my time to go, then nothing i do would be able to stop the inevitable. The fear i was feeling had more to do with facing an Imam who knows all my sins and weaknesses as i am today. Its something that i don’t think anyone can truly get over. We simply have to face it, with open hearts and pure intensions of paying our respects in this lifetime, as that in itself is one of the greatest blessings.
When you come home, it’s an emotional ride. On the one hand, you feel energized and ready to show the world how you embody the spirit of Imam Hussain A.S.. On the other, you feel the sorrow that comes with having not been there during that battle. Not having done enough ibaadat. Not believing where you had gone and come from.
It’s a life changing experience that one should make at least once in their lifetimes and, in my opinion, early in their lives rather than later. The way it moves your soul and changes your perspective on life and every day. I hope that in reading this article, you have found the inspiration to make your trip for KUN Ziarat, that you feel emotionally ready and have packed the bare essentials. May your trip be blessed in every way.
Najaf e Ashraf
Amir ul Mumineen Molana Ali (A.S) – Bab al Raza
Al Masjid ul Azam (Kufa)
Imaamat namaaz hosted by all shia sects during Maghreb salah. each sect Imam is given the opportunity to host imaamat namaaz in Masjid Kufa through peaceful order.
Sketch of Masjid-e-Kufa
- Main Entrance
- Maqam-e-Hazrat Ibrahim (as)
- Maqam-e-Hazrat Khizer (as)
- Place of Miracle
- Court of Hazrat Ali (as)
- Well of Hazrat Nuh (as)
- Entrance to the well
- Maqam-e-Hazrat Muhammad (s)
- Maqam-e-Hazrat Adam (as)
- Maqam-e-Imam Jafer Sadiq (as)
- Maqam-e-Hazrat Zainul Abideen (as)
- Maqam-e-Hazrat Nuh (as)
- Shahadat Place of Imam Ali (as)
- Night Prayers place of Imam Ali (as)
- Rauza of Hazrat Muslim bin Aqeel (as)
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
The cemetery is around 1000 years old and its said the five million people are buried here among them different scholars, pious persons and ordinary people of the Shia ‘ world whom commanded to be buried in Wadi
- Molana Saleh (AS) – see Quraan Majeed reference to Thamud tribe & she-camel
- Molana Hῡd (AS) – fourth generation descendant of Noah (AS)
This Masjid is between Kufa and Najaf. The fazilat of this Masjid is that when Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Imam Hussein (a.s.) together with angels carrying the `Janaza’ of Hazrat Imam Ali (a.s) from Kufa to Najaf, they passed near this Masjid. At that time, the date trees of this Masjid bowed for ‘Ta’azim’.
It is narrated that Hannan used to be a Church. After Imam Hussain (a.s) was martyred, and the caravan of prisoners of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) and the holy heads of the Shuhada passed by this church, the priest noticed that the face of Imam Hussein (a.s) was radiating Noor. He requested to be allowed to keep the head for one night. He addressed the head “who are you?” and the head replied I am Hussein Bin Ali (a.s.) and my grandfather is Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w.). Banu Umayya killed me in Kerbala. The priest was moved with the reply and he immediately accepted Islam.
Ziarats we were unable to complete
- Maisam u Tammar (R.A)
- Kumail bin Ziyaad (R.A)
Syed us Shohada Imam Husain (A.S), Molana Ali Akbar (A.S), Molana Ali Asger (A.S), Molana Habeeb bin Mazahir (R.A), Shohada e Karbala
Syed us Shohada Imam Hussain (A.S)
Molana Ali Akbar (AS) and Molana Ali Asghar (AS) are buried inside the Zaree of Imam Hussain (AS)
Inside the Shrine of Imam Hussain (AS) are the place of:
- Grave of the Martys of Karbala (AS)
- Shrine of Habib ibn Mazahir a.s – Companion of Imam Hussain (AS)
- Exact place where Imam Hussain (AS) was martyred (Qatalgah)
- Grave of Ibrahim, son of 7th Imam Musa al-Kadhim (AS)
Etiquette to Remember
One should realize that he is in the Holy presence of the Imam, a place which is constantly visited by angels day in & day out. A place which is the center of attraction for all the Prophets and therefore the Za’er should try to maintain pure thoughts and pure feelings and respectful behavior in this Holy sanctuary.
Molana Abbas (A.S)