The Power Of Salawat - Can Salawat Erase Sins?

There was a man who came to Imam al Ridha and he says to the imam, "Ya ibn ar-Rasul Allah, I have committed a lot of sins." You know, when I read a Hadith like this, I think to myself, Subhana Allah, can you imagine how approachable Imam al Ridha is that someone comes to me, says Ya ibn ar-Rasul Allah I'm in trouble, I committed a lot of sins and look what else she says? And I just don't have the energy to do major good deeds.

So he is asking the Imam that I have messed up, I have committed every sin in the book, just give me a shortcut, right. Give me a quick U-turn back to Allah. I don't have the energy. I'm an old man. Just give me give me the pass code. Do you know what the Imam says to him?

"Man lam yaqdir ala ma yukaffir bihi dhunuba." If you're not able to do good deeds that will serve as a kafarra for your sins, "Fa al-yukfir min as-salat 'aala Muhammadin wa aali Muhammad." [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa 'aali Muhammad]. If you can't do anything, you don't have the energy, then at the very least, send salutations upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad.

Now you may ask me, you know, brothers and sisters, for a long time, I often wondered, why is Salawat so powerful? You know, we have many Ahadith that say if you meet Allah on the Day of Judgment and your good deeds are about the same as your evil deeds.

What will tip the scales for many Mu'minin, is the reward and the weight of the Salawat upon Muhammad wa aali Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa 'aali Muhammad].

But the question is why, why is Salawat so powerful, why does it have the ability? Because the Imam says if you do that, "Fa innaha tahdim adh-dhunub," because Salawat demolishes sins. The Imam uses a very powerful word, demolishes sins.