Dear Brother / Sister,
The Companions did not have the attribute of ismah (innocence) like prophets. Islamic scholars agree on the justice of the Companions. That is, they do not attribute lies to the Prophet; they do not work against the religion. However, since they are human beings, they can commit sins in everyday life.
It is completely wrong to understand the phrase “the justice of the Companions” as “innocence/infallibility”. This expression does not indicate their innocence but their reliability about conveying the religion to the following generations orally and by actions in the ideal way.
The Companions are not free and away from sins. Nobody among Ahl as-Sunnah attribute infallibility to them.
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Submitted by on Sun, 03/04/2016 – 01:01