Ziyarat e Arbaeen
As soon as they finished the prayers than they saw a cloud of dust rising in the distant horizon, indicating the approach of a caravan. Jaber (r) and his friends rode their mounts to receive and welcome the Prophet (s)’s family. As soon as they were at a hailing distance, they got down from their steed and, with profound respect offered their salutation to Imam Ali Zainul Aberdeen (a).
Jaber went over to the imam and holding the bridle of his horse respectfully led him towards his camp on the banks of the river with the rest of the caravan following them. He told the Imam about the purpose of his visit to Karbala what he had seen and heard during his halt there, and what he had done. He also respectfully enquired from Imam Zainul Aberdeen (a) about the treatment meted out to him and the ladies of the prophet (s)’s family. When this question was put to him the Imam wept silently for quite some time and then softly replied:
“O’ Jaber it is a story of sufferings which will be written in blood and tears for future generations to read! What suffering shall I recount to you, which we endured after the tragedy here? The defy description”.
When the women of the family of the Prophet saw the graves of their dear ones, they fell one by one from their camels, overcome by grief and sorrow. Each one rushed towards the grave of her son, brother, father or husband. Each lady poured her heart over the grave of her dearest departed relation, narrating all the sufferings she endured. Zaineb (a) darted straight towards the grave of Hussain (a).
Zaineb (a) was heard to say on Imam Hussain (a)’s grave: “My beloved brother, I have returned to you but without Sakina (a), whom you had at the time of departing entrusted to my care. My dearest brother, your beloved Sakina (a)(Roghaieh) bore all the suffering mutely and with fortitude till she could no longer endure them and surrendered her soul to her Maker. Forgive me, my dear brother, if I faltered in any way in fulfilling the mission you entrusted to me.”
This incident occurred 40 days after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein. Ever since that incident, the followers of Imam Hussein commemorate that incident each year by gathering and remembering the tragedies that Imam Hussein and his family went through on the day of Ashura and the 40 days following Ashura.