In verse 121 of Surah 20 we read:

وعصی آدم ربه فغوی

َAdam disobeyed his Lord and went amiss

Did Adam really commit a sin? Isn't it impossible for a Prophet to commit a sin? Isn't it right that a Prophet must be infallible?

  • Infallible does not mean free from sin but forgiven
    – amrinz
    Jul 27, 2014 at 7:58
  • Dear amrinz, vice versa, infallible of being Ma'soom as 14 infallibles (Ma'sooms) (of Shia) were infallible , which means do not sin ... Nov 23, 2015 at 9:42

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At other place Allah describes Adam's position as :

وَلَقَدْ عَهِدْنَآ إِلَى ءَادَمَ مِن قَبْلُ فَنَسِىَ وَلَمْ نَجِدْ لَهُ عَزْماً

(And indeed We made a covenant with Adam before, but he forgot, and We found on his part no firm willpower) --"Qur'an 20:115"

So, it was not something which Adam was determined to do, it was just a mistake, a forgetfulness. I think that clears the issue.

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