The Burhān: Arguments for a Necessary Being Inspired by Islamic Thought

About the book

In The Burhān Mohammed Hijab analyses Ibn Sīnā’s argument for the existence of God. Regarded as being most invulnerable to any type of counterattack, Ibn Sīnā’s Burhān argument postulates that a reality with only contingent existences is inconceivable, as a contingent existence cannot cause itself. Ibn Sīnā argues that the only way to explain the existence of anything is to postulate the existence of an uncaused necessary being, or a wājib al-wujūd (‘necessary existence’). However, despite its impact, the Burhān has not been packaged for apologetic use for a modern audience.

Hijab’s novel contribution to the discourse surrounding God’s existence is found in his re-articulation of Ibn Sīnā’s argument, making it accessible for theists to make the case for God. Using the Burhān as his guide, Hijab provides his own proofs for the necessary existence of God and answers some of the most prominent objections. Hijab applies the arguments for a necessary being to potential pastoral and apologetic settings using two fictitious characters, Richard and Betty.

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About the author

Mohammed Hijab is an author, researcher and public speaker. Hijab is the co-founder of Sapience Institute and completed a BA in Politics Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He has three master's degrees. He read History at QMUL, Islamic Studies at SOAS University and Applied Theology at Oxford University. He is currently a PhD candidate completing research on the contingency argument for God’s existence.

Hijab has undergone formal training in Islamic studies, with a focus on the Qur’an, Prophetic traditions, and legal reasoning.