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Performing Prostration of Zīyārat ʻĀshūrā in the Absence of Turba

question| What are we supposed to do if we do not have turbah when performing the prostration of Zīyārat ʻĀshūrā?
answer| You may perform the prostration in any manner possible, and you do this act in hopes that you will receive the rewards or that it may be desired by Allah.

The clay tablet (referred to in Farsi as muhr) on which Shia believers typically place their forehead when performing the prostration of canonic prayers.
Zīyārat, which literally means pilgrimage or visit, can denote in its popular religious sense either a pilgrimage to the tomb of a holy personage or a specific canonically prescribed text—comprised of certain formulas, prayers, and salutations—that is recited by a pilgrim at a particular pilgrimage site or at any given pilgrimage site. Zīyārat ʻĀshūrā is the name of one of the most popular and frequently recited “pilgrimage-texts” whose primary occasion of recitation is at the Shrine of Imām Ḥusayn on the Day of Ashura.
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