THE BELIEF CONCERNING INFALLIBILITY ('isma)
Says the Shaykh Abu Ja'far: Our belief concerning the prophets (anbia'), apostles (rusul), Imams and angels is that they are infallible (ma'sum); purified from all defilement (danas), and that they do not commit any sin, whether it be minor (saghira) or major (kabira). They do not disobey Allah in what He has commanded them; they act in accordance with His behests. He who denies infallibility to them in any matter appertaining to their status is ignorant of them, and such a one is a kafir (unbeliever).
Our belief concerning them is that they are infallible and possess the attributes of perfection, completeness and knowledge, from the beginning to the end of their careers. Defects (naqs) cannot be attributed to them, nor disobedience ('isyan), nor ignorance (jahl), in any of their actions (ahwal).
Back to contents