Muhammad Mahdi Naraqi
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|Full Name||Muhammad Mahdi b. Abi Dhar fadil Naraqi|
|Well-Known As||Muhaqqiq Naraqi|
|Well-Known Relatives||Mulla Ahmad Naraqi|
|Studied in||Kashan, Isfahan, Najaf, Karbala|
|Burial Place||Near Holy shrine of Imam Ali (a), Najaf|
|Professors||Wahid Bihbahani, Yusuf al-Bahrani, Mulla Isma'il Khwaju'i, Muhammad b. Muhammad Zaman Kashani, ...|
|Students||Sayyid Muhammad Baqir Shafti, Haj Muhammad Kalbasi, Mulla Ahmad Naraqi, ...|
|Works||Jami' al-sa'adat, Tuhfat al-radawiyya, Anis al-tujjar, Al-Tajrid fi 'usul al-fiqh, Anis al-muwahhidin, Muhriq al-qulub, ...|
Muḥammad Mahdī b. Abī Dhar Fāḍil Narāqī (Arabic: محمد مهدی بن ابی ذر فاضل نراقی) known as Muḥaqqiq Narāqī (Persian: محقق نراقی) (b. 1128/1716 - d. 1209/1795) was among Shia scholars of 12th/18th and 13th/19th centuries. To study religious sciences, Muhaqqiq Naraqi went to religious citites of Iraq two times and attended the class of Wahid Bihbahani, Yusuf al-Bahrani. Jami' al-sa'adat is the most famous work of Mulla Mahdi Naraqi in Islamic ethics. Mulla Ahmad and Mulla Mahdi are his children.
- 1 Birth and Demise
- 2 Education
- 3 Children
- 4 Works
- 5 Software Program of the Library of Fadilayn Naraqi
- 6 Poems
- 7 Moral Characteristics
- 8 Congress for His Commemoration
- 9 References
Birth and Demise
Mulla Mahdi Naraqi was born in Naraq near Kashan in 1128/1716 in a religious family and passed away on Saturday, Sha'ban 18, 1209/1795 at the age of 81 and was buried near Imam Ali's (a) holy shrine in Najaf.
Up to being a teenager, he studied in the seminary of Kashan and attended the class of Mulla Ja'far Bigdili. He passed Muqaddamat (the preliminary stage), Saṭḥ (the intermediate stage) and part of Kharij lessons (the higher stage) of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh in Kashan.
Immigration to Isfahan
To complete scientific and specialized levels of Islamic sciences, Mulla Mahdi Naraqi went to the seminary of Isfahan and benefited from the scholars in fiqh and philosophy in that city. His teachers in Isfahan included Mulla Isma'il Khwaju'i (d. 1173/1759-1760), Muhammad b. Muhammad Zaman Kashani (d. late 12 century AH), Muhammad Baqir Isfahani, Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Harandi and Aqa Mirza Isfahani (d. 1191/1777-1778), among whom Mulla Isma'il Khwaju'i had a great position and from whom, Mulla Mahdi Naraqi benefitted in fiqh, Usul al-fiqh, Kalam (theology), philosophy, mathematics, geometry and astronomy for 30 years.
In addition to studying, he taught, wrote and guided people in Isfahan as well and even by learning Hebrew and Latin language from Jewish scholars, he began debating with the leaders of Jews and translated discussions regarding the mission of the Prophet of Islam (s) from their religious books.
Return to Kashan
After 30 years, he returned to Kashan. That time, Kashan was empty of religious scholars and through his presence, the seminary of Kashan flourished.
Immigration to Religious Cities of Iraq
After a while, he left Kashan for Najaf and Karbala and attended in the classes of Muhammad Baqir Bihbahani (d. 1205/1791), Shaykh Yusuf al-Bahrani (d. 1186/1772) and Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi Fatuni (d. 1183/1769-1770).
After years of education and research in Najaf and Karbala, he returned to his hometown and began teaching in the seminary of Kashan and educating students. Great scholars such as Muhammad Baqir Shafti (d. 1260/1844), Haj Muhammad Kalbasi (d. 1262/1846) and his son Mulla Ahmad Naraqi (d. 1245/1829) were among his students.
Mulla Muhammad Mahdi had five sons:
- Mulla Ahmad known as Fadil Naraqi (d. 1245/1829)
- Haj Mirza Abu l-Qasim (d. 1256/1840-1)
- Haj Mulla Muhammad Mahdi known as Aqa Buzurg
- Mulla Abu l-Hasan
- Mulla Muhammad Baqir
Among them, Mulla Ahmad and Mulla Mahdi (Aqa Buzurg) are more famous than their other brothers.
He had many works in different scientific disciplines including:
- Anis al-tujjar
- Anis al-hujjaj
- Tuhfat al-radawiyya
- Al-Risalat al-'amaliyya
- Risala Salat al-Jum'a
- Kanz al-'umur fi ba'd al-adab al-shar'iyya
- Lawami' al-ahkam fi fiqh shari'at al-Islam
- Mu'tamad al-Shi'a fi ahkam al-shari'a
- Manasik al-hajj (al-Manasik al-Makkiyya)
On 'Usul al-Fiqh
- Anis al-mujtahidin or Anis al-nafis
- Al-Tajrid fi 'usul al-fiqh or Tajrid al-'usul
- Tanqih al-'usul
- Risala fi l-ijma'
- Risala jami'a al-'usul
On Philosophy and 'Irfan
- Anis al-muwahhidin
- Anis al-hukama'
- Jami' al-afkar wa naqid al-anzar fi ithbat al-Wajib Ta'ala
- Al-Shihab al-thaqib fi radd mu'asirat al-nasib
- Sharh al-shifa' (Sharh Ilahiyyat al-shifa')
- Al-'Arshiyya fi l-hikmat al-ilahiyya
- Qurrat al-'uyun fi ma'ni al-wujud wa al-mahiya
- Al-Kalimat al-wajiza fi l-hikmat al-ilahiyya
- Al-Lum'at al-ilahiyya
- Luma'at al-'arshiyya
On Mathematics and Astronomy
- Risalat fi l-akr
- Tawdih al-ashkal
- Kitab al-hisab
- Hashiya sharh majisti
- 'Uqud angushtan or Hisab 'uqud al-anamil or 'Uqud al-anamil
- Muhassal al-hay'a or al-muhassal fi l-hay'a
- Mi'raj al-sama'
- Al-Mustaqsi fi l-hay'a
On Miscellaneous Topics
Most of these books are kept in the form of manuscripts in different libraries and marginal notes on some of them such as Anis al-tujjar have been written by some religious authorities including Sayyid Kazim Tabataba'i Yazdi, Sayyid Isma'il al-Sadr and Shaykh 'Abd al-Karim Ha'iri Yazdi.
Software Program of the Library of Fadilayn Naraqi
Following the suggestion of some distinguished scholars of Naraq which were welcomed and promoted by great scholars in the seminary of Qom on recognition and acknowledgement of the scientific position of the two distinguished scholars of Shia world, Mulla Mahdi Naraqi and Mulla Ahmad Naraqi and by the order of the Congress for commemoration of Fadilayn Naraqi, a software program was designed and produced by the Computer Research Center of Islamic Sciences.
Muhaqqiq Naraqi composed many poems and many of them have been lost and only a small portion of them which are mostly mystical, composed in the form of Mathnawi and Saqinama are left.
He passed most of his life in poverty in the seminary of Kashan. It is reported that he sometimes could not afford buying candle or oil for the lamp and studied late at night using the light of the washroom of the school.
He was also sensitive about deviant thoughts and fought against Akhbarism and misguiding thoughts. Even to fight deviant thoughts in ethics, Mulla Mahdi wrote Jami' al-sa'adat to fight extremisms of Sufis and Zahiris.
He was not indifferent towards corrupt thoughts and actions of kings and deviant leaders and in his works regarded the implementation of justice as the grounds for promotion of moral and social virtues in the society.
He also emphasized on one of the most fundamental factors in correction of the society which is enjoining to the good and prohibiting from evil and believed that an institution needs to be in charge of it so that through correct understanding of the good and the evil takes action for promotion of the good and prohibition of the evil.
Congress for His Commemoration
A three day congress for commemoration of Fadilayn Naraqi in Kashan, Qom and Naraq on May 22 to 24, 2002.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from محمد_مهدی_نراقی in Farsi Wikishia.