Essential attributes of Prophethood

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What are the essential attributes of Prophethood?

The essentials of Prophethood common to all of the Prophets are, according to the theologians, as follows:

• Truthfulness.

• Trustworthiness.

• Communication of God’s commands.

• Intelligence.

• Infallibility.

• Freedom from all kinds of bodily and mental defects.

I will try to elaborate upon each of these essential attributes with examples from the life of the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace and blessings and, where appropriate, the lives of the other Messengers.


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