The crystals glint and the patterned mirrors shine
Casting the world outside into oblivion.
The gold and silver façade of the Zarih is like a magnet
Where the soul has finally come to breathe a sigh of relief
One gazes and gazes and can only be physically moved by an outside force because the soul doesn’t want to leave.
The soul has come home.
There are doors in every building—doors to homes and schools; doors to rooms and cubicles; doors to hospitals and even morgues. These are doors which are entrances into places. But the doors I have walked through here in Najaf and Karbala are doors which open up destinies. They are doors that lead to heaven.
These are doors which are placed at the threshold of this world and the next; they are portals leading to the seven skies and immortality.
They may be fashioned out of wood,
Some of metal,
Some of silver,
Some of gold.
But they are kissed by praying lips and furrowed foreheads are placed onto them. Destinies are altered when these doors are passed through.
Ya Ali AS, Ya Husain AS, Ya Abbas AS
I am seated in your court
Of gleaming crystals,
Of sparkling silver,
Of elixir gold,
Of rubies and emeralds
Of celestial light.
The eyes gaze, the soul is riveted at your grandeur of your worth in the eyes of Allah.
Is it not the gold in your zarih that gives the sun its light?
Is it not your silver lattice which gives the moon and stars its hue?
Is it not your dust that makes a mote a gem?
Is it not your walls that turn a drop into a roaring, tumbling river?
Is it not your name that heralds in aid even though oceans and miles may separate?
Not all can venture through these doors;
For only those whom you beckon may enter,
It is not wealth or position which can grant us presence in your celestial court,
It is not coins gathered in a pouch but the tears gathered in the bags of our eyes,
Which for years and years have accumulated through pain and loss,
And now threaten to spill every time your name is uttered
It is these tears which are the passport through these doors.
Amate Syedna TUS