Did Imam as-Sajjad Teach Yazid ibn Muawiyah the “Secret” for the Latter to be Forgiven after Kerbala?


Question: In regards to the spiritual power and worth of Ṣalāt al-Ghufaylah, we have heard something to the effect that apparently Yazīd ibne Muʿāwiyah said to Imām ʿAlī ibne al-Ḥusayn al-Sajjād, “I have killed the son of the Messenger of Allāh … is it possible for me to still attain salvation?!” To this, Imām al-Sajjād has been reported to have replied, “Yes, if you perform Ṣalāt al-Ghufaylah, then you will be redeemed.” After this conversation transpired, Sayyida Zaynab binte ʿAlī said to her nephew, Imām al-Sajjād, “You are showing the means of salvation to the person who was directly responsible in the killing of your father!?” To this question from his aunt, the Imām replied, “All I have taught him is Ṣalāt al-Ghufaylah, however [I know that] Yazīd [due to him being hard-hearted] will never have the Divine succor (tawfīq) to perform this prayer.”



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