Ziyara literally means "visit". In this context it means visiting the sites associated with Ma’sumeen and their companions. The Ma’sumeen have highly emphasized the importance of Ziyara, in order to come closer to them. Once Imam Husayn (pbuh) asked his grandfather about the merits of performing ziyara. The Prophet replied “Whoever comes to perform my ziyara whether I am alive or dead or he comes to perform the ziyara of your father or of your brother or you; will be assured of a visit from me on the day of Qiyama”. Iraq offers the Ziyara of six of the Ma’sumeen and their companions, numerous Ambiya, scholars and many historic masajid, but most of all the opportunity to see for oneself the place where the event of ‘Ashura occurred in Karbala.