We find in Behaarul Anwaar v. 101 (New Edition) Kitaabul Mazaar a Ziyarat named Ziyarat-e-Naahiya attributed to the sacred personality of Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.). In this Ziyarat Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.), through various statements, intensely laments over his ancestor who was oppressed in a state of being far from his motherland. For illustration we shall present certain parts of this Ziyarat. We hope that Shias will join their esteemed and occult Imam (a.t.f.s.) in mourning and lamenting over his oppressed ancestor as is his right to be mourned upon. Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) says:

“O My tyrannized ancestor, surely I weep on you day and night. While mourning you my eyes shed blood in place of tears. A mourning based on extreme injustice meted out to you and on the untoward incident which you had to face. This mourning continues till I fear that my throat will suffocate and my soul will leave my body.”

The above statement clearly brings to the fore the intensity by which Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) laments over his revered forefather. Therefore, it is the duty of us Shias that we join Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) in his lamentations. The second noteworthy aspect of the above statement is that Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.), the master of humans and the Jinn, the centre of the universe, mentions that he mourns Imam Husain (a.s.) with such intensity as to shed blood instead of tears. This indicates how heartrending the incident of Karbala is and the extent to which the so called Muslims mistreated the Ahle Bait (a.s.).

Dear Readers: It is our duty to attend those gatherings where Imam Husain (a.s.) and his companions are remembered. In reality these gatherings are the funeral ceremonies arranged on behalf of Janabe Zahra (s.a.), the beloved of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). His mother Janabe Zahra (s.a.) and other infallibles (a.s.) especially Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.) actually attend some of these gatherings and weep over their loved ones. Let us, their lovers, attend these gatherings with utmost sincerity and without any kind of ostentation offer our condolences to Imam-e-Zamana (a.t.f.s.), the remnant of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). If possible, we should talk about him (a.s) or else listen to those who mention them and weep because both remembering them and making others do so carry a lot of rewards. Mourning and lamenting over Imam Husain (a.s.) is such a worthy action which strengthens our relationship of Mastership (Wilayat) with Ahle Bait (a.s.). It is also the best source of proximity to Allah and a means of salvation during the journey of the dangerous stages of the hereafter.

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