Al-Kāfi - Volume 4 > The Virtue and Excellence of Visiting abu ‘Abd Allah, al-Husayn, ‘Alayhi al-Salam
Hadith #3

3ـ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ بَزِيعٍ عَنْ صَالِحِ بْنِ عُقْبَةَ عَنْ يَزِيدَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ قَالَ كُنْتُ مَعَ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَم) فَمَرَّ قَوْمٌ عَلَى حَمِيرٍ فَقَالَ أَيْنَ يُرِيدُ هَؤُلاءِ قُلْتُ قُبُورَ الشُّهَدَاءِ قَالَ فَمَا يَمْنَعُهُمْ مِنْ زِيَارَةِ الشَّهِيدِ الْغَرِيبِ فَقَالَ رَجُلٌ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْعِرَاقِ وَزِيَارَتُهُ وَاجِبَةٌ قَالَ زِيَارَتُهُ خَيْرٌ مِنْ حَجَّةٍ وَعُمْرَةٍ وَعُمْرَةٍ وَحَجَّةٍ حَتَّى عَدَّ عِشْرِينَ حَجَّةً وَعُمْرَةً ثُمَّ قَالَ مَقْبُولاتٍ مَبْرُورَاتٍ قَالَ فَوَ الله مَا قُمْتُ حَتَّى أَتَاهُ رَجُلٌ فَقَالَ لَهُ إِنِّي قَدْ حَجَجْتُ تِسْعَ عَشْرَةَ حَجَّةً فَادْعُ الله أَنْ يَرْزُقَنِي تَمَامَ الْعِشْرِينَ حَجَّةً قَالَ هَلْ زُرْتَ قَبْرَ الْحُسَيْنِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَم) قَالَ لا قَالَ لَزِيَارَتُهُ خَيْرٌ مِنْ عِشْرِينَ حَجَّةً.

3. Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Muhammad ibn al-Husayn from Muhammad ibn Isma‘il ibn Bazi’ from Salih ibn ‘Uqbah from Yazid ibn ‘Abd al-Malik who has said the following: “I once was in the company of abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, when people on donkey backs passed by. He (the Imam) asked, ‘Where do they want to go?’ I replied, ‘They want to visit the graves of the martyrs.’ He (the Imam) then said, ‘What prevents them from visiting the martyr whom no one helped?’ A man from Iraq then asked, ‘Is visiting him obligatory?’ He (the Imam) said, ‘Visiting him is more virtuous than Hajjah and ‘Umrah, ‘Umrah and Hajjah’, until he counted up to twenty Hajjah and ‘Umrah. Then he said, ‘All accepted, well-performed.’ By Allah, I had not stood up that another man came and said to him, ‘I have performed nineteen times al-Hajj. Pray for me so, He grants me the opportunity to perform twenty times al-Hajj.’ He (the Imam) asked, ‘Have you visited the gravesite of al-Husayn, ‘Alayhi al-Salam ?’ The man replied, ‘No, I have not done so.’ He (the Imam) said, ‘Visiting al-Husayn, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, is more virtuous than twenty times performing al-Hajj.’”