A Critical Review of the Impact of Mulla Sadra’s Philosophical Opinions Concerning “Necessary Being” on His Understanding of the Qur’anic Verses



In this article the impact of Mulla Sadra’s philosophical opinions concerning necessary being on his understanding of the Qur’anic verses is critically reviewed. To this end, all exegetical and philosophical books of Mulla Sadra have been studied and the instances in which he has–under the influence of the above opinions– inferred meanings other that the apparent meanings from the Qur’anic verses, have been collected. Then, with reference to other verses, narrations, apparent meanings, Revelation occasions, content of the verses in question, and their evidences and, in view of the absurdity of the intellectual requirements of some of Mulla Sadra’s interpretations, the validity of the aforementioned inferences were verified and this conclusion is drawn that from among the seven interpretations that Mulla Sadra has presented under the influence of the above opinions, only one instance can be confirmed.