The Most Effective Dua and Ziyara
Question :

What is the most effective supplication/Ziyara?

Answer :

There are many Ziyaras taught by the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them), such as al-Ziyarah al-Jami’ah, Ziyarat Warith and Ziyarat-e-Ashura. There are also many supplications, like Du’a Kumayl and the supplications of al-Sahifah al-Sajjadiyah.

Fourty Days
Question :

Ziyarat-e-Ashura is recommended to be recited for 40 days continuously. My question is: can a woman recite the Ziyara during her menstruation? At the end of the Ziyara, there is one prostration. If a woman does choose to recite the Ziyara during her menstruation, what does she have to do when she has to prostrate?

Answer :

The mentioned Ziyara is recommended every day. Yes, it is understood by believers that reciting it continuously for forty days is the cause for the acceptance of their supplications to God. The woman in her menstrual period can recite the Ziyara and prostrate, but cannot offer the two-rak’as prayer.

The Benefits of Ziyara
Question :

What are the benefits of reciting Ziyara?

Answer :

We are unable to determine all the benefits behind such good deeds, but there is no doubt they include the fact that one is acting with obedience, fulfilling the commands of the Prophet and the Ah al-Bayt (peace be upon them all), as they instructed us to perform such deeds.
In addition to that, the Ziyaras consist of renewing one’s loyalty and the love of the Imams, as well as the motivation to follow the Imam that is being visited by the Ziyara, as the Ziyara usually contains praises of the Prophet and the Imams (peace be upon them all) in their being righteous and devoted slaves of the Lord, and undertakers of all their of religious duties.

Ziyarat al-Arba’een
Question :

Imam Hasan al-Askari (peace be upon them) said that a devotee has five identifiable traits, Ziyarat al-Arba’een being one of them. Should this read only 20th Safar or can it be recited on other days?

Answer :

What the narration means is that it is recommended to recite the Ziyara on the 20th of Safar. Yes, it is permissible to do recite it on any other day as well, with the hope that one is rewarded for it.

Dua Alqama
Question :

Is it necessary to recite Dua Alqama with Ziyarat-e-Ashura?

Answer :

The supplication of Alqama is not part of Ziyarat-e-Ashura. It is one of the recommendations that one can recite after the Ziyara.

Ziyarat while Going to Sleep
Question :

Can we recite Ziyarat-e-Ashura while going to sleep or while laying down when going to sleep without wudhu?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Khums and Ziyara
Question :

I want to go to Karbala for Ziyara, for which I saved up for, but there is an amount of Khums that I am due to pay. If I pay that, I do not have enough to go for Ziyara. Can I still go for Ziyara without paying the Khums?

Answer :

You should pay the khums first, as paying the khums is an obligatory duty and going for Ziyara is not. You can recite the Ziyara from where you are, and you shall be rewarded for it a great reward. Bear in mind that paying the khums is one of the causes of blessing in one’s income.

Ziyarat-e-Ashura
Question :

Can I listen to or recite the Ziyarat-e-Ashura while unclean or wearing unclean clothes, or do I have to do Wudhu and ensure my body and clothes are tahir?

Answer :

Yes, you can do the mentioned without tahara.

Yawm al-Warood
Question :

Does ‘Yawm al-Warood’ that is mentioned in Ziyarat-e-Ashura mean the first day in the grave or the Day of Judgment?

Answer :

It appears that the term ‘Yawm al-Warood’ refers to the Day of Judgment.

Ziyara from YouTube
Question :

Will you get reward for listening to Ziyarat-e-Ashura on YouTube?

Answer :

There is no doubt that reciting the Ziyara and listening to it are some of the recommended deeds that Allah will reward. It is also possible to recite the Ziyara while listening to it.

Ziyarat For Marriage
Question :

Can we recite Ziyarat e Ashura daily after prayers for marriage?

Answer :

Ziyarat-e-Ashura is amongst the narrated ziyarat that is recited to seek the intercession of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) to fulfil one's needs.

Ziyara while Sitting
Question :

Can I recite the Ziyara of Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) while sitting down?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Imitation of Shrines
Question :

Is it forbidden to build an imitation of one of the shrines of our Imams, place them inside our mosques, and perform our Ziyarats to them with the intention of approaching the Imam?

Answer :

No, it is not forbidden. It is permissible to build an imitation of the shrine of our Imams (peace be upon them), and it is permissible to recite the Ziyara to that Imam from far away.

Ziyara without Prayer
Question :

Is reciting Ziyara without offering the prayer accepted?

Answer :

The Ziyara can be performed without the prayer of Ziyara, but if it is associated with the prayers, it becomes better.