Miracle of Ziarat Ashura

There are many miracles of Ziyarat-e-Ashura , the virtues of reciting it are many. It is extremely beneficial to recite this as a shield against diseases an calamities. Recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura regularly & ask your family members to do so as well.

Imam Jafar Sadiq (a.s.) recounts, ‘O Safwaan! When you are confronted with some adversity, then seek redressal of your grievances from Imam Hussain (a.s.) through the Aamaal of Ashura. Allah has pledged the fulfillment of demands with this Ziarat and Allah never reneges on His word’.

Hardships and afflictions no matter how severe, can be remedied by reciting Ziarate Ashura for forty successive days. Records of people’s experiences actually testify to the authenticity of this tradition.

Renowned Shia scholars have recited this Ziarat regularly. They have reaped incalculable benefits through its recitation and have always resorted to it in moments of distress. There are many such miracles. One such incident has been quoted below, which involves protection against a disease that seemed unstoppable. This shows the significance of Ziyarat e Ashura.


Miracle of Ziarat-e-Ashura (Best remedy for any type of Plague/Flu):

Ayatullah Al Hajj Sheikh ˜Abdul Karim Haeri (r.a.) founder of the hawzah ˜Ilmiyyah of Qum recounts:-

“During the time when I was engaged in religious studies in the city of Samarra, an epidemic, in the form of plague, spread amongst the inhabitants of the city and everyday several people would die of the disease.
One day, some of the inhabitants of Samarra had gathered in the house of my teacher, the late Sayyid Mu¡ammad Fisharki (r.a.), when Ayatullah Mirza Muhammad Taqi Shirazi ( r.a.) (d. 1338 AH), who, in terms of knowledge, was at par with the late Sayyid Fisharki, suddenly arrived. In the course of the conversation, the talk drifted towards the issue of the plague that had threatened the lives of all the people.

The late Mirza said: “If I were to issue a hukm (ruling), would it not be mandatory for it to be executed?”

All those present said: “Yes.”

He said: “I rule that from today onwards, for a period of ten days, the entire Shi’ite community of Samarra should recite “Ziyarat-e- Ashura” and gift the rewards of this recitation to Hadhrat Narjis Khatoon (s.a.) – the mother of Imam Mahdi (a.t.f.s.) – in order that this calamity is repelled from them.”

Those present in the gathering informed the other Shi’ites of this ruling and all of them engaged themselves in reciting the “Ziyarat-e- Ashura.” The following days onward, it was observed that none of the Shi’ites would die due to the disease whereas the non-Shi’ites continued to suffer deaths – and this became plainly manifest for all the inhabitants of the city, such that some of the non-Shi’ites used to question their Shi’ite friends: “How is it that our people die due to the disease, whereas there are no deaths on your side?”

The Shi’ites would answer: “All of us recite “Ziyarat-e- Ashura” of Imam Husain (a.s.) in order to remain protected from the epidemic and Allah wards away the calamity from us!”

Shaykh Abdul Kareem (r.a.) observes that on reciting this Ziarat, Shias and Ahle Sunnah both became immune to this plague.

We Pray to Allah s.w.t to save all the Believers and we seek the protection under the shield of Hazrat-e-Sahebuzzaman (a.t.f.s) from all the diseases and especially this deadly disease.

Eid Al-Adha

Muslims around the world celebrate 2 occasions of ‘Eid’ (a joyous day) . One at the end of Ramadan after 29/30 days of Fasting called Eid Al-Fitr and the other one on the 10th day of the 12 month of the Islamic Lunar calendar called Eid Al-Adha, which marks the day of sacrifice of Pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Makkah. This year Eid Al-Adha falls on Friday, the 31st of July 2020.

If they can afford, All adult Muslims are required to do a pilgrimage once in their lifetime to Makkah in Zilhaj, or the 12 month of the Islamic Lunar calendar. They are required to be in Makkah from 7th to 12th Zilhaj and after visiting Kaaba, Arafaat, Muzdalifa and Mina sacrifice an animal, three days stay to end the Pilgrimage and celebrate Eid. The Holy Quran makes the Haj mandatory in the following verse: In it are clear signs, the standing place of Ibrahim, and whoever enters it shall be secure, and pilgrimage to the House is incumbent upon muslims for the sake of Allah, (upon) every one who is able to undertake the journey to it (3:27). All pilgrims who come from all parts of the world wear the same clothes, perform the same actions, refrain from the forbidden acts and pray in unity. One of the acts during Pilgrimage is a reminder of the intense love mothers have for their children. As Prophet Ibrahim’s wife Bibi Hajra ran back and forth to get water for her son, all Muslims do the same every year

The history of this Eid is fascinating and is a reminder of the importance of Sacrifice. Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) was commanded by God to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (peace be upon him) which was supposed to be a test. Prophet Ibrahim asked his son and he replied: ” He said, “O my father, do as you are commanded. You will find me, if Allah wills, of the steadfast.” (Quran 27:102). Prophet Ibrahim went on to sacrifice him in the name of God and at the last moment Prophet Ismail was replaced with a lamb which was then sacrificed. This happened on the 10th day.

The annual pilgrimage to Makkah is a reminder to all Muslim that they are all united under the command of one Lord regardless of their color, financial position, background, culture or country. The annual sacrifice, which Muslims do whether they are in Makkah or their own cities, is a reminder of few things. A reminder about respecting parents. A reminder to submit their will to the will of God. A reminder that even your closest, most loved can be sacrificed in the name of God. A reminder to be steadfast in the religion of Islam. A reminder to not let the evil powers overcome your heart and mind and move you away from doing good.

As you can imagine if millions of Muslims sacrifice all these goats, there must be a lot of meat!. In Makkah the government has arrangements to freeze and to pack the meat and distribute to poor countries. In other cities meat is divided into 3 parts. One for poor neighbours, one for relatives and one for yourself. As the laws of UK don’t allow animal sacrifices, Muslims here arrange the sacrifices through slaughter houses & charities in different parts of the world.

This year Eid Al-Adha will be different, like Eid Al-Fitr, however the spirit and message remain the same. Limited prayers will be held in mosques according to the social distancing guidelines but broadcasted online for the congregations to pray and remember the sacrifices and abiding of religion together. At homes, Muslims will be celebrating with close family members only praying together and cherishing the love between them. For the rest of the people, following the belief they will be offering whatever they have to anyone who needs it

Ramadan 2020

“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may learn self-restraint.” Qur’an 2:183
From Friday 24th or Saturday 25th of April 2020 (depending on the sighting of the new moon) Muslims around the world will begin the month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the lunar islamic calendar and will fast from pre-dawn to sunset. Fasting includes keeping away from food, drink and some usual habits, as prescribed in Islam through this verse in the Holy Quran.
Why do Muslims go through fasting, for a whole month abstaining from what is not allowed for upto 16 hours?
Once again, according to the verse, fasting teaches self-restraint or in other words patience and control. We learn to stay away from food and drink as God wants us to obey him and remember the hunger and thirst of those less fortunate. Fasting reminds and strengthen patience of living with others like family, friends and community. To hide shortcomings of others and help everyone who need it. The world is full of un-meaningful attractions made irresistible via loads of advertising, fasting teaches us to control our desires and spend and utilise wisely
This year is going to be different. Ramadan is called the spring of Mosque gatherings, the recitation of Holy Quran, a range of Congregational religious activities and ofcourse the Iftars (breaking of fast) which sadly wont happen due to the current situation restricting us to remain home for ours and others safety. However i think every community centre and Muslim has a plan. To turn their homes into Mosques, their families into congregations and keep the spirit alive. Technology is also helping immensely where prayer gatherings can be tuned into online.
With the hope that we get back to normal life soon and reflect to learn from the current situation, Ramadan Mubarak!

Ali Jaffri

April 2020 – London

Analysis of current Corona Virus situation:

1. Reviewing Divine punishments in history it looks like they were for a group of people who then perished completely. In current situation, people are being infected, recovering, dying, re-infecting for different time periods

2. if this situation is not initiated by Allah, it can be initiated by man as a delibrate action or a mistake. Now the cause and effect principle applies. We need to find and reflect on the effect

3. Regardless of initiation, what should we do about it?
a. Take this as a serious reminder from Allah. He was giving us thoeritical reminders so far. Now we can feel the sense of being out of control
b. Lets move quickly to do outstanding tasks which are important but for some reason or the other gets put off, as we can see we dont have time
c. We need to plan for things which were never taken seriously. Dieing tomorrow. Loosing a job with a valid reason. Writing a will etc
d. Once minimum tasks completed, lets look outside the box and help others