The Infallibility of the Prophets


In this succinct treatise, Imam al-Sabuni skilfully dispels any aspersions or misunderstandings from the life and times of the noble Prophets and Messengers of God. He provides a thorough exploration of the concept of infallibility using Arabic etymology and canonical Islamic texts, demonstrating their protection from God and immunity to sin.
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In the Muslim community, the Prophets and Messengers are held in the highest regard as the pinnacle of God’s creation—the best of the best and sinless. Unfortunately, within the Muslim community, there are misunderstandings regarding the Prophets. Whether it be the famous movie about Islam entitled The Message or the self-titled television series which aired in 2012 about the life of ʿUmar b. al-Khattāb, many Muslims are not quite sure about how to approach the religiously-sensitive issue of depicting religious figures, particularly the Prophets.

Written by Imam Muhammad Ali Al-Sabuni, a leading scholar of Sunni orthodox Islam and author of Safwat al-Tafasir, one of the most widely accepted tafsirs of the Qur’an in the modern era.

The book also includes an introduction from renowned academic and spiritual guide, Shaykh Muhammad b. Yahya al-Ninowy. Both scholars provide consistent references to Qur’anic verses and precise exegeses to demonstrate the validity of their argument.


Preface vii

Introduction 1

1. The Infallibility of the Prophets 17

The Definition of Infallibility 17

Allah’s Protection for His Prophet Muhammad a since Childhood 20

2. Does Infallibility Apply before or after Prophethood? 23

Does Infallibility apply to Non-Prophets? 26

The Belief of the People of the Book about the Prophets 28

3. Seemingly Unclear Matters about the Infallibility of Prophets

and their Invalidating Responses 33

4. The Ostensible Disobedience of Prophet Adam e 35

5. The Infallibility of Prophet Ibrahim e 41

What were the Three ‘Lies’ (equivocations) of Ibrahim e? 48

6. The Infallibility of Prophet Yusuf e 51

Fabrication and Slander 51

The Incorrect Interpretation 53

The Correct Interpretation 53

Ten Proofs for the Infallibility of Yusuf e 56

7. The Infallibility of Prophet Nuh e 63

8. The Infallibility of Prophet Yunus e 65

The Incorrect Interpretation 65

The Correct Interpretation 65

9. Was the Messenger of Allah a made to make Mistakes? 69

Ten Verses about the ‘Censure’ of the Messenger of Allah a and their Correct

Interpretations 69

The First Verse 70

The First Narration 71

The Second Narration 72

The Second Verse 75

The Third Verse 78

The Fourth Verse 80

The Fifth Verse 81

The Sixth Verse 83

The Seventh Verse 85

The Eighth Verse 87

The Ninth Verse 89

The Tenth Verse 91

Appendix: Two False Attributions to Prophet Dawud e 97

Index of Quranic Verses 101

Index of Hadith 119