The Prophet ﷺ Feared Punishment Were He to Disobey

 إِنِّیۤ أَخَافُ إِنۡ عَصَیۡتُ رَبِّی عَذَابَ یَوۡمٍ عَظِیمࣲ

Truly, I fear, were I to disobey my Lord, punishment on a Tremendous Day. (Yūnus, 15)

Imām ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir Al-Saʿdī said:

This is what the best of creation [ﷺ] says and [how] his manners [are] in relation to the commands of his Lord and His revelation. How is it then with these misguided, foolish people who have combined [in themselves both] ignorance and misguidance; oppression and stubborn opposition; and loaded questions and difficult requests of the Lord of all creation in an attempt to find faults or weaknesses? Don’t they fear punishment on a Tremendous Day?

Taysīr Al-Karīm Al-Raḥmān.