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In the tradition of Islamic philosophy, the so-called burhan al-siddiqin (the proof of the sincere) has enjoyed an age-old rich history. This type of argument purports to prove God's existence through contemplating on His own nature. The latest version of such argumentation is one proposed by Allamah Tabatabai in his glossary on Mulla Sadra's Asfar al-Arba'h. I shall argue that Allamahs argument implicitly relies upon Truthmaker Maximallism, the dubious idea that for any possible world W and any proposition P, P is true in W iff there is a reality in W that makes P true. I shall argue further that this argument trades on an unjustified move from de dicto necessity to de re necessity, and that this gap can be filled by appealing to the controversial thesis that existence is a real universal property. So, contrary to Allamahs commentators, his allegedly new siddiqin argument rests on several metaphysical theses and so does not have much advantage, in this respect, over previous arguments of this kind.
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