16 Nov Ziyarate Ashura and Imam Mahdi (a.s.)
Ziyarate Ashura and Imam Mahdi (a.s.)
One of the most authentic Ziyarats is Ziyarat-e-Ashura. The Infallible Imams (a.s.) and in particular Imam Zamana (a.s.) have greatly emphasized that this ziayarat should be recited every day. Traditions speak of enormous rewards for the one who recites it. In this Ziyarat too Imam Mahdi (a.s.) is discussed.
‘O Allah! You give me the opportunity and the good fortune to be along with the victorious Imam from the descendants of Muhammad (s.a.w.a.) so that I can seek avenge for him.”
Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.), under the verse… “and if anyone is slain unjustly,” (Bani Israel 33) says:
“Imam Mahdi is the “Mansoor” (the helped one) just like how the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.) is referred to as Ahmad and Muhammad and Janabe Eisa (a.s.) is called Maseeh.”
This also means that Mansoor is one of the names of Imam Mahdi (a.s.).
‘‘O Allah! You give me the nobility and the opportunity to be alongside Imam Mahdi (a.s.) when he is avenging the blood of Imam Husain (a.s.) while he is visible and speaking.”
In this sentence is the prayer for the early reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) along with the plea for assisting him rightfully and avenging the slaying of Imam Husain (a.s.).
Just as the way Imam Mahdi (a.s.) has been mentioned in Ziyarat-e-Ashura, similarly amongst the recommended acts on the day of Ashura is to offer each other condolences on the severe tribulations braved by Imam Husain (a.s.) in the following manner:
“May Allah grant us the highest rewards due to colossal calamity that befell Imam Husain (a.s.). May He include us and you amongst those who take revenge under the Mastership of Imam Mahdi (a.s.) who is from the progeny of Imam Husain (a.s.).”
Take note, that on this day of severe afflictions, Imam Mahdi (a.s.) is mentioned along with Imam Husain (a.s.).