Manahij al-yaqin fi usul al-din (book)
|Manahij al-yaqib fi usul al-din|
Manāhij al-yaqīn fī uṣūl al-dīn (Arabic: مناهج اليقين في اصول الدين, literally: paths of certitude on principles of the religion) is an Arabic book concerning Islamic theology and teachings written by al-Allama al-Hilli. The book accounts for the principles of Imami Shiite beliefs and their underlying rational and transmitted evidence. The author begins the work with a discussion of types of what is known as well as general attributes of existence and nonexistence. He then discusses types of beings, such as eternal and incipient beings, types of incipient beings, and their attributes and preliminaries.
About the Book
The book is also called "Minhaj al-yaqin" and "Manhaj al-yaqin." One distinguishing feature of the book is that al-Hilli concerns himself with a survey and consideration of all views propounded by theologians and philosophers of Ancient Greece, bitheists, Magians, Sabians, Jews, Christians, Mu'tazila, Ash'aris, Khawarij, Zaydis, and so on.
Contents of the Book
Manahij al-yaqin includes a short introduction concerning the definition and divisions of the science. The main body of the book contains 12 sections under "manhaj" (path), in each case the views of different sects of Muslims and a short account of their arguments, and then the right position is argued for.
The twelve paths
- On the division of what is known
- On the division of what exists
- On the ruling of what exists
- On the proof for the Necessary Being and His attributes
- What is impossible for God
- Good tidings and warnings
- Names and rulings
- Enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong
Exposition of the Book
An exposition was written for Manahij al-yaqin by al-Shaykh Kamal al-Din al-Ata'iqi in 1385. It is available in the storage of Gharawiyya Library with the author's own handwriting.
Manuscripts and Publications
The book was published in 1415/1994 in Dar al-Uswa in Tehran.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from مناهج الیقین فی اصول الدین (کتاب) in Farsi Wikishia.