Hawzah News Agency – We have observed that both decisive intellectual judgment and explicit Qur’anic rulings alike establish the necessity of the ‘isma of the Messengers. But now we must take account of certain verses which, at first sight, appear to report the commission of sins by the Messengers (such as certain verses concerning Adam). What is to be said in this regard?
One must answer, first, by clarifying the following point: Evidently, despite the fact that there can be no contradiction in the Qur’an, one must take fully into account the actual context of the verses in order to arrive at their true meaning; in such matters, the immediately apparent meaning should not become the grounds for a rash judgment. Fortunately, the great Shi’i theologians and commentators of the Qur’an have explained such verses, some of them devoting entire treatises to them. A detailed explanation of each of these verses is beyond the scope of the present book; those who wish to investigate the matter further can consult the books referred to below.
Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, Doctrines of Shii Islam, A Compendium of Imami Beliefs and Practices, Translated and Edited by Reza Shah-Kazemi, published by I.B.Tauris Publishers, london • new york 2003.