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16 Dec 2014

Ziyara Places In Iraq



Lesson Objective:
- Understand what ziyara is
- Understand the importance and blessings associated with making ziyara
- Be familiar with important places of ziyarat in Iraq

Lesson Introduction:
20th of Safar, marks the day of Arbaeen, 40 days after Ashura. It is the day that the Ahlul Bayt reached the land of Karbala.
Jabir, an old companion of the Prophet, had travelled from Madina and had also come to Karbala where he met the family of Imam Husayn (as).
It was an extremely sad day as they remembered and cried on the graves of the martyrs.

After that people from all over started visiting the graves of the martyrs and this is known as Ziyarah.

The Prophet (saw) has said that if anyone visited him or his family and did ziyarah, then he would himself also visit them on the day of Judgement!

Allah has placed 4,000 angels by the grave of Imam Husayn (A.S.). They weep over him and shall continue to do so up to the Day of Judgment. Angels are also continuously visiting Imam’s shrine to give him salaams.

When you make ziyarat and visit the shrine of Imam Husayn (as), Imam knows that you have come. He knows your name, can see you and hears everything you say. When we talk to Imam and tell him our duas, he prays to Allah for us! He asks Allah to forgive us and accept our duas.


Activity: Ziyara map with key burial places
Use a cork board and enlarged images of the shrines with the associated lables as an interactive activity to discuss and sort with the class.

Iraq has burial sites of 6/14 Ma’sumeen
List the 4 main cities for ziyara in Iraq: Najaf/Karbala/Kadhmain/Samarra
Sort the names of the Masumeen accordingly into each quadrant
Sort the images of the shrines to match the correct burial sites. 

Corresponding worksheet can then be completed by trying to recall as much as they can independently before referring to the display.



Download Iraq Guide Book For Kids for extension material on the shrines and sites of Ziyara

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