Divine Simplicity

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3 months 8 hours ago #1308 by Mohammad
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Salām ‘alaykum, do the Zaydis believe in divine simplicity?

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3 months 7 hours ago #1309 by Mohammad
Replied by Mohammad on topic Divine Simplicity
I looked at Adaat al-Akyās and it appears that the majority of our Imams hold to the position that the attributes of Allah are His essence. However, other Imams such as Imam al-Mahdi Ahmed b. Yahya and the great Sheikh Al-Hassan ar-Rasās hold that the Sifāt (attributes) of Allah are additional to His essence - I presume to avoid Modal Collapse - taking that into consideration would this mean that the position of Sheikh ar-Rasās is one which is closer to the Ash’arites and negates the latter position which holds to absolute divine simplicity? If yes, when asked about our theological position regarding the attributes and essence of Allah, would the most viable response be that this is a matter of ijtihād, unlike the 12ers who hold to a de facto understanding of divine simplicity.

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