al–Masabih fi Ithbat al-Imama
-Kirmani’s Lights to Illuminate the Proof of the Imamate (al-Masabih fi ithbat al-imama)
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On the other hand, in proving the necessity of Imamate the Ismailis rely on both reason and Sharia. In his book, al–Masabih fi Ithbat al-Imama (pp.80-95), al-Kirmani produces fourteen proofs of the necessity of lmamate. The following is a summary of them. (Quoted in Makarem, Doctrine, pp. 37-39.)
1. The Messenger was entrusted with conveying the divine Message not only to those who were contemporary to him, but to all mankind. Men, on the other hand, are notable to apprehend this Message at once; furthermore the Messenger, in his limited lifetime, was notable to convey the divine Message to those people who came into existence after his death.
Therefore, an Imam must have been appointed by the Messenger, in order to carry on the Message. Likewise such Imam must appoint as uccessor to himself to continue the guidance of mankind to truth.
2. An Imam must always be present top reserve the divine Message conveyed by the Prophet from distortion and alteration.
3. An Imam must always be present to interpret properly the Quran, the verses of which are liable to be misunderstood in many different ways, due to the fact that Arabic words may have more than one meaning.
4. Since men have different natures and desires, there should always be an lmam among them who would give them the proper judgment, just as the Prophet used to do during his lifetime in conformity with the Quranic verse:
“But no, by the Lord! They will not believe till they make thee the judge regarding the disagreement between them, then they shall find in themselves no impediment touching thy verdict, but shall surrender in full submission.” — Quran 4:65
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