Ziyāra (Arabic: الزيارة; visit) or pilgrimage is a religious act which means to attend before religious leaders or their graves in order to express and show love and reverence and acquire spiritual blessings. Visiting religious personalities and their graves have always been among recommended acts in Islam and during history, Muslims have paid attention to it and followed it. However, ziyara of the Prophet (s) and Imams (a) has had a great importance among Shi'a and many spiritual benefits and rewards have been mentioned for them.
Since ziyara is greatly important in Shi'a culture, it has been regarded among the characteristics of Shi'a. Despite the general opinion of Muslims about recommendation and permissibility of Ziyara, Wahhabism, which has certain interpretations of some verses, claims that ziyara is not compatible with the conduct of the Prophet (s) and has cast doubts on this issue. These doubts have made Shi'a and Sunni scholars answer and defend the permissibility of Ziyara.