HOW MANY INFALLIBLES ARE THERE?
- Salaam.In my belief, there is ONE and ONLY INFALLIBLE and that is Allah.All HIS creations are mortals and all mortals are FALLIBLE.Whether it is the Messengers, the sahabas or any living thing , human or otherwise, they are fallibles.No mortal can ever be an infallible. Infallibility is a quality and atribute of only God.Attributing infallibility to other than God is nothing but pure Shirk.If we read the Quran, Many/all of the Prophets clearly speak about their fallibility, their being mortals, and their being powerless.Allah repeatedly commands our own Prophet Muhammad to tell the people that he has no power on his own, that he is only a mortal like others other than he receives Divine Inspiration. I can give you pleanty of verses for that.When the Messenger's state is like that, what can speak about his relatives? Blood relations, influence and links have no basis in Islam. The criteria is Taqwa/Fear of God followed by good deeds. God gives us all kinds of examples in the Quran;The son of Adam and the son of Noah could not be guided. Noah tried till the last second!The father of Abraham could not be guided, despite Abraham's closeness to Allah.The wife of Lot cold not be guided.The Prophet's dearest uncle Abu Talib could not be guided eventhough it was a great desire of Prophet Muhammad to see him as a believer. Had Allah willed, he could have guided them all but HIS Wisdom is beyond pur grasp. There are good lessons in these for those claim infallibility or status due to blood relations.Yet we are forced with this concept of twelve infallibles , sometimes fourteen. If we analyze the life of these infallibles, we find they were nothing but mortals and they were as helpless as one can be. Some of these infallibles were slayed! How can someone who cannot protect himself help another, that too when he is dead!!! Shias invoke the dead more than they invoke Allah!People talk of aql and logic and rationality yet they follow blind superstitions !!!Riaz