Messages from Ziyarat Ashoora – Part 4

By Zishaan Karim,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Salaam means peace, and at first glimpse, The above phrase means Peace be upon you, O Abaa Abdillah

Subhanallah, so much can be derived from this single phrase. A perfect intro to the ziyarah, which, I believe summarizes the entire ziyarah in one phrase

As Salaam- The Peace…, All Peace… Total Peace…be upon you

As Salaam- Allah is  Salaam and may He envelop you with His Divine attribute of Peace

As Salaam- I make a declaration that Absolute peace envelops you

Salaam in reality is a vow to offer peace and nothing but peace to the Imam. In that case, I am actually promising Abaa Abdillah that he shall suffer neither any harm nor any hurt from my end.

One would ask, “How can I harm or hurt an Imam?”

In reference to the verse 9:105,

“And say, go on working; Allah will see your conduct, and His apostle and the beleivers

Imam Sadiq (as) is reported to have said, the beleivers are the Imamaculate Imams (as)

Hence the Imams can see our good and bad deeds and react to them too

Abdullah ibn Aban, al Zayyat, once came to Imam Ridha (as) and asked him to pray for him and his family. Imam (as) confirmed to doing this on regular basis when he sees his deeds. Al Zayyat was amazed and Imam Ridha (as) gave the explanation of verse 9:105 in the same manner as had Imam Sadiq (as) during his time.

Therefore the Imam is aware of our deeds and actions, and is pleased and hurt based on them. The affairs of believers are open in front of the Imam.

That makes me think…

When we visit someone, the host either prepares to receive us with honor or actually dreads our visit. Like when we know that someone who really bothers us is coming to our home for a couple of days, how do we look at that visit?

If it was not for their nature of gracing even those who do not deserve their special grace, how would Abaa Abdillah see my visitation? I wonder…

About the author

Zishaan E Fatima Karim is a writer and a poet, passionate about making a difference and believes in beginning at the roots. She has a Montessori Diploma in Early Childhood Education and 4 decades' experience in teaching as a Madrasah teacher. She also writes children's stories and creates comic strips & video stories for little children.

She facilitates Teaching Skills Practice programs under the MCE of WF and Leadership and Mentorship Development Programs under CBG of AFed.

"Small changes by many people equals a Big Change," is her motto. With that, she anticipates the reappearance of Al Hujjah (atfs) and wishes to be a part of his system of governance.

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