Ziyarat comes from the Arabic
word zur meaning to visit. The word is actually pronounced
ziyarah with a silent 't' at the end but as Arabic is not the
first language of most Muslims, the word is commonly pronounced
ziyarat rather than ziyarah. It can also be transliterated from
Arabic as ziarah.
The Importance of Ziyarat (visiting Sufi Sanits / Shrines):-
o The importance of visiting / spending time / staying with the
Saints while they are alive and once they are accepted into God
(freed from the body limitations and into the Absolute) is
simply because they are Teachers.
o Spiritual Teachers extend Inward transformation to those seek
help from Them to be able to advance in the spiritual path.
o Their Teachings are primarily in Silence. It is a
heart-to-heart ( core of existence - to - core of existence )
communication that physical senses and the intellect fail to
register. Hence difficult to comprehend.
o Silent communications are real to those who have experienced
it. It is manifold stronger, purer, intense and is sure,
whenever one visits the physical remains of a Saint resting in
His tomb / Their tombs all over this planet at their Designated
spots / places.
o Some experience / see light in Saint's tomb / tombs. In
Saint's company, those sitting with Saint / Saints are enveloped
o A Saint's tomb ( resting place of Saints' body after Their
soul has left the body behind ) is a Threshold to / between
corporeal and God. In day-to-day life, we are able to notice
light coming out through the openings of a well-lit building at
night. Those visiting a Saint's tomb ( Threshold ) the light
will fall upon provided they are right at the opening (
o Saint's Teachings and Blessings continue to Benefit those seek
during Saint's life in this world and Saint's life hereafter as
the Teachings are extended to a seeker in silence / Absolute
silence ( imperceptible to the corporeal. )
o Sitting with a Saint helps the internal faculties to
harmonize, integrate, become silent and inwardly peaceful to
begin with. Once the rush, gush, wandering nature is calmed,
doubts settle and confusions clear the Image ( Qualities both
corporeal and spiritual ) of the Saint / Truth / God is
Imprinted / Reflected into the inward reality of the seeker, in
silence. Hence Become.
o A seeker to begin with is like a mirror reflecting the Image (
Qualities of the Saint / Saints ) followed by reflecting Light
like a diamond and finally becomes the Meaning / Truth i.e. the
state of being Self-Luminous.
o Sitting in the company of a Saint during their physical
presence and sitting in a Saint's tomb is same. In a Saint's
tomb it is far more real - real in manifolds."