Imam Husain (a.s.) on Ashura Day Recite the following:
Peace be on you, O Abu Abdullah! Peace be on you, O son of the Apostle of Allah! Peace be on you, O son of Amirul Momineen (a.s.)! Peace be on you, O son of Fatima, the choicest among the women of the worlds! Peace be on you, O the select, surpassing, chosen in preference over all good of Allah, and son of Allah’s good. Peace be on you, who was martyred while fighting heroically in the cause of Allah, the son of Allah’s fearless warrior, you were isolated and had been attacked with a vengeance! Peace be on you and on those souls who had gathered in your camp, and moved along with you, in your journey. I pray and invoke Allah to keep all of you tranquil and restful, forever; so far as I am alive, this is my prayer, and till nights and days follow each other. O Abu Abdullah! unbearable is the sorrow, nerve-racking is the agony, you put up with, for us and for all Muslims, crimes committed against you also shocked and unnerved the dwellers of the heavens, one and all. May Allah condemn and curse the people who laid the basis and set up the groundwork, to wander astray and turn aside from not only you and your family but to take liberties and bear hard upon you. May Allah condemn and curse those who tried to obscure and deny your office and status, willfully neglected your rank and class Allah had made known in clear terms. May Allah condemn and curse those who killed you. May Allah condemn and curse the abettors who instigated and had a part in your murder. I turn to you and Allah, away from them, their henchmen, their followers and friends, O Abu
Abdullah, I pray and invoke Allah to bless you. I make peace with those who make their peace with you, I make war on those who go to war against you, till the Day of Judgment. May Allah condemn and curse the family of Ziyad and the family of Marwan; may Allah condemn and damn the group and the tribe of Umayyah, one and all, altogether; may Allah condemn and curse the son of Marjanah; may Allah condemn and curse Umar son of Saad; may Allah condemn and curse Shimr; may Allah condemn and curse the people who bridled the horses and erected the saddles for your martyrdom. I, my father and mother are at your disposal. Profound is my sorrow for you. I beg Allah, who honored you above others, to be generous towards me on account of you, and give me the opportunity to be with the victorious Imam, the descendant of Muhammad (blessings and peace be on him and on his children from Allah) at the time of the final and decisive war against Allah’s enemies. O my Allah make me attend to Your cause, sincerely, in every respect following in Husain’s footsteps, in this world and the hereafter. O Abu Abdullah, I pray and invoke Allah to send blessings on you. I come nearer and seek greater intimacy with Allah, with His Apostle, with Amirul Momineen, with Fatima, with Hasan and with you, with the help of your love and patronage, cutting off every
connection with those who took up arms against you and killed you. I disconnect all links with those who, in the beginning, took the first steps to take liberties with and bear hard upon you, I take refuge with Allah and His Apostle (blessings of Allah be on him and on his children), free from the guilt of associating with those who laid the foundation for (your suffering), devised and carried out their corrupt plan of action, boldly gave currency to reign of terror and cruelty to oppress you and your friends and followers; I detach myself from them and present myself to Allah and to you, I (first) seek greater intimacy with Allah and then with you to win your love and patronage, and to make friends with your friends, cut off all links with your enemies, and with those who planted the seeds of hostility against you, and reject and discard their associates, their followers and their friends. I make peace with those who made their peace with you, I search out and confront those who waged war against you, I make friends with those who stood by you, I strive against those who came in conflict with you, therefore, I make a request to Allah to acquaint (me) with the awareness that perceives you and your friends, to set me free from the corrupting influence of your enemies, to make me keep company with you in this world and in the Hereafter, stand firm beside you and follow your footsteps closely in this world and in the next world. I beseech Him that he helps me to reach your highly praised station, given to you by Allah, (to meet you), that He provides me the opportunity to fight for justice and fair play along with and under the leadership of the rightly guided guide (in your progeny) who surely will come and speak the truth. I beseech Allah in the name of your right and the purpose He assigned to you, that He overwhelms me with grief in memory of your sorrows, more than the personal grief that torments anyone who is in great agony, sorrows which have no parallel and overshadow all calamities that took place in the history of Islam, for that matter, throughout the whole universe. O my Allah, in this very spot, treat me like him (or her) who obtains from You (Your) blessings, mercy and forgiveness. O my Allah, bring me to life again, after death, in the place Muhammad and his progeny are dwelling, and make me depart from this world like Muhammad and his progeny had left, O my Allah this day is a day of rejoicing for the “Bani Umayyah”, the herd of hardened criminals, the eternally damned and accursed group, a fact that had been made public by You and by Your Prophet (blessings of Allah be on him and on his children), who, in every place and at all occasions, drew attention of people to this fact. O my Allah, condemn and curse Abu Sufyan, Yazid son of Muawiyah and let it be an everlasting curse upon them from You. Today the descendants of Ziyad and Marwan make merry, laugh and dance, because on this day they killed Husain (blessings of Allah be on him). O my Allah, therefore, double up the curse You bring upon them and also the punishment You decree for them. O my Allah, I seek nearness to You today in this frame of mind, cutting off all links with them for the rest of my life, denouncing them because of my love for Your Prophet and his children, peace be on him and them.
Then recite a hundred times:
O my Allah condemn and curse the first tyrant who unjustly and wrongfully usurped that which rightly belonged to Muhammad and Aale Muhammad, and bring curse upon those who, after him, followed in his footsteps. O my Allah condemn and curse those conspirators who vexed and harassed Husain, showed eagerness, agreed mutually and joined hands to kill him. O Allah curse all of them.
Then recite a hundred times:
Peace be on you, O Abu Abdullah, and on those souls who came to your camp to put themselves at your disposal. So far I am alive and the days and nights follow each other, I invoke Allah to bless you forever and ever. May Allah not make my this pledge of close association, physical as well as spiritual, with you the last fulfillment. Peace be on Husain, and on Ali son of Husain, and on the children of Husain, and on the companions of Husain.
Then recite a hundred times:
O my Allah, let the curse I call down on the head of the first tyrant stick like a leech; and stay put forever on the first, then the second, the third and the fourth. O Allah damn and call down evil on the fifth, Yazid son of Muawiyah, and bring a curse upon Ubaidullah, son of Ziyad, Ibne Marjanah, Umar son of Saad, and Shimr, and on the descendants of Abu Sufyan, on the descendants of Ziyad, on the descendants of Marwan, till Judgment Day.
Then go into prostration and recite:
O my Allah! (All) praise is for You (alone); praise of the “Ever-thankful to You”, who glorify You whatever come to pass. (All) praise is for Allah for my deepfelt intense grief. O my Allah make available for me the recommendations of Husain on the day I present myself before You, let me stand firm in safety before You on account of my sincere attachment with Husain, along with him and his comrades, who sacrificed everything they had (heart, mind, soul and life) for Husain, peace be on them all.
Kamiluz Ziyaraat By: Ibne Quluwayh
Translated by: Sayyid Athar Husain S. H. Rizvi