Although it is not included with the feasts of Islam, the ninth of Dhu’l-Hijjah is one of the great feast days in Islam. On this day, Almighty Allah commanded His servants to obey and worship Him. He thus extended for them the tables of His benevolence and magnanimity. On this day too, Satan becomes abject, lowly, expelled, and angry more than any other day.
It is narrated that Imam Zayn al-’Abidin (a.s.), on the ninth of Dhu’l-Hijjah, heard someone begging people for financial aid. The Imam (a.s.) said to him, “Woe is you! On such a day, do you beg other than Almighty Allah? On this day, even fetuses in wombs are expected to be included with the mercy of Almighty Allah and they will be delighted.
The devotional acts on this day are as follows:
First: It is recommended to perform bathing on this day.
Second: It is recommended to visit the holy tomb of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.), for its reward is equal to the reward of one thousand times of Hajj, one thousand times of ‘Umrah, and one thousand times of jihad (holy war), and even more. The narrations entailing the great merits and rewards of visiting the holy tomb of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) on the ninth of Dhu’l-Hijjah have been uninterruptedly reported. If fact, the reward of visiting the holy tomb of Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) and having the honor of attending therein is not less than the reward of attending on Mount ‘Arafat and even more.