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The Arba’een’s pilgrim is subjected to the divine forgiveness and reaches to the degree of “the Chosen Reformer”. We read in a narrative:

«قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ‏: مَنْ خَرَجَ مِنْ مَنْزِلِهِ یُرِیدُ زِیَارَةَ قَبْرِ الْحُسَیْنِ بْنِ عَلِیٍّ إِنْ كَانَ مَاشِیاً كَتَبَ اللَّهُ لَهُ بِكُلِّ خُطْوَةٍ حَسَنَةً وَ مَحَى عَنْهُ سَیِّئَةً حَتَّى إِذَا صَارَ فِی الْحَائِرِ كَتَبَهُ‏ اللَّهُ‏ مِنَ‏ الْمُصْلِحِینَ‏ الْمُنْتَجَبِینَ [الْمُفْلِحینَ الْمُنْجِحِینَ‏] حَتَّى إِذَا قَضَى مَنَاسِكَهُ كَتَبَهُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْفَائِزِینَ حَتَّى إِذَا أَرَادَ الِانْصِرَافَ أَتَاهُ مَلَكٌ فَقَالَ إِنَّ رسول‌الله یُقْرِؤُكَ السَّلَامَ وَ یَقُولُ لَكَ اسْتَأْنِفِ الْعَمَلَ فَقَدْ غُفِرَ لَكَ مَا مَضَى»

     Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: "O Hussein, Allah will write a good deed for one who leaves his house to perform the Ziyarat of Imam Hussein (a.s.) on foot and erase a sin from him for every step he takes. Till he arrives at the holy shrine, Allah will write him as one who has achieved salvation and as the chosen reformers. After he completes the Ziyarat, Allah will write him as the successful one. When he decides to return, an angel will come to him and say: Allah’s Messenger conveys his salutation on you and tells you that all your previous sins were forgiven. So, start your work from the beginning continue good deeds.” [1]

     The one who goes to the Ziyarat of Imam Hussein's grave, after he completes the Ziyarat, Allah will write him as one of the reformers. 

Musleh" (Reformer)  is a very great name; that is, the flow of a collective and group of Imam Hussein's pilgrimages, especially in Arba’een, and that is a stream that actually enters a reforming stream when someone enters it. And these pilgrimages consist of a party composed of people, and all of them are the party of God and the party of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) and the party of the Ahl al-Bayt. A party whose members are all chosen and the mission of the party is reforming. This means that the members of this party are those who provide the conditions for a massive reform of society led by the true reformer and Imam of the Time (a.s.).

     Arba’een is the epitome of Imam Hussein’s reforming in the Ummah of Islam and the international community. Imam Hussein (a.s.) in his will to Mohammad bin Hanifah says:

 «أَنِّی لَمْ أَخْرُجْ أَشِراً وَ لَا بَطِراً وَ لَا مُفْسِداً وَ لَا ظَالِماً وَ إِنَّمَا خَرَجْتُ لِطَلَبِ الْإِصْلَاحِ فِی أُمَّهِ جَدِّیأُرِیدُ أَنْ آمُرَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَ أَنْهَی عَنِ الْمُنْکَرِ وَ أَسِیرَ بِسِیرَهِ جَدِّی وَ أَبِی عَلِیِّ بْنِ أَبِی طَالِبٍ»[2]

     I did not rise up on selfishness or pleasure, or for corruption and oppression, I just came out of the homeland for reform in the Ummah of my grandfather. I am enjoining good and forbidding evil and I will act in the manner of my grandfather and my father, Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.).

The pilgrim in this way is a soldier and co-worker of the Imam of Time and it consists of a party whose mission is a reform mission for the advent of the Imam of Time. For this reason, there are very specific sentences in the Ziyarats, especially in the Ziyarat of Arba’een.

     The pilgrim of Imam Hussein (a.s.) is a “Chosen Reformer” and has a reforming spirit, and thus he approaches the Imam Mahdi (a.s.), i.e., the "Main Reformer".

     Therefore, if anyone wants to reach to Imam Hussein's position, he must wait for the Imam of the Time (a.s.). Arba’een is the training of this readiness. In the Ziyarat of Arba’een, we read:

«فَمَعَكُمْ مَعَكُمْ لاَ مَعَ غَیْرِكُمْ»

      “So I am with you, with you, and not with your enemies."

     That is, in no way your enemies can exploit me. I am in your army and I will not accompany the enemy who is trying to remove Husseini and Mahdavi culture from us. In this way, the people arise in training of this readiness at Arba’een. That is, the people who are gathering together, whose morality is like the life in the Imam's regime.


 [1]. Kāmil al-Zīyārāt, Chapter 49, Hadith 1.

[2] Bihār al-Anwār, Vol. 44, P. 329.

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