Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Allamah al-Hilli on Imamate in his Kashf al-Murad, Part III

ABSTRACT: An Imam who exceeds all people in every virtue whether it be knowledge, bravery, or piety, and who leads fairly leads people and guides them towards morality is a grace of God. The concept of Imamate in Shi’i Islam refers to the necessity of having a divinely-appointed leader who will lead the Islamic nation after the Prophet’s death. This series is a list of responses to objections raised against Imamate from prominent scholar Allamah Hilli’s Kashf ul-Murād, expanded on from Nasir al-Din al-Tusi’s Tajrid al-I‘tiqād – the first treatise on Shi‘i theology. Kashful Murad is one of the most widely read of Allamah al-Hilli’s publications as it is the first commentary written on Allamah al-Tusi’s work. The previous part included discussions on the proofs for the Imamate of Ali, the Imamate of the eleven Imams after him, and rules concerning those opposed to his leadership. This part expands on the proofs for his authority over the companions that qualify him for leadership such as his extraordinary courage, deep insight, matchless asceticism and devotion, and boundless patience.

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