Do Muslims believe in reincarnation? What is meant by reincarnation or migration of the soul is that when the body dies, the soul leaves the body to another, which will be happy or miserable depending on the actions previously performed. Do Muslims believe in reincarnation? The definite answer is no. Reincarnation is the worst of all false beliefs for Muslims, and one of the worst forms of kufr or infidelity to Allah, His Book and His Messengers. As the belief in the Hereafter, the Reckoning, Paradise and Hell are among the teachings of the Messenger and in the words of the Book that was revealed to him, the concept of reincarnation simply represents disbelief towards all of that.
The Islamic interpretation of the Resurrection is stated clearly in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). For example, Allah says in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning):
“Every soul will taste death. Then to Us will you be returned”. [Al-‘Ankaboot 29:57]
“To Him is your return all together. [It is] the promise of Allah [which is] truth. Indeed, He begins the [process of] creation and then repeats it that He may reward those who have believed and done righteous deeds, in justice. But those who disbelieved will have a drink of scalding water and a painful punishment for what they used to deny”. [Yunus 10: 4]
“On the day We muster the pious unto the Beneficent (Allah) (like the guest) of honour. And We shall drive the sinners unto Hell thirsty.” [Maryam 19: 85-86].
“He has enumerated them and counted them a [full] counting. And all of them are coming to Him on the Day of Resurrection alone.” [Maryam 19: 94-95]
“Allah – there is no deity except Him. He will surely assemble you for [account on] the Day of Resurrection, about which there is no doubt. And who is more truthful than Allah in statement.“ [Al-Nisa ‘4:87]
“Those who disbelieve have claimed that they will never be resurrected. Say, “Yes, by my Lord, you will surely be resurrected; then you will surely be informed of what you did. And that, for Allah, is easy.” [al-Taghaabun 64: 7].
And there are other clear and unambiguous verses as for why Muslims do not believe in reincarnation.
There are innumerable references in the Sunnah which mention and confirm the Resurrection, and give details about it. For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “You will be resurrected barefoot, naked and uncircumcised.” Then he recited (interpretation of the meaning):
“The Day when We will fold the heaven like the folding of a [written] sheet for the records. As We began the first creation, We will repeat it. [That is] a promise binding upon Us. Indeed, We will do it.” [al-Anbiya ’21: 104].
Then he said: “And the first to be dressed on the Day of Resurrection will be Ibraaheem …” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3100; Muslim, 5104).
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is a bone in the man who will not be consumed by the earth, and it will be regenerated on the Day of Resurrection.” They asked: “O Messenger of Allah! ? What is that bone “He said,” The tailbone. ” (Narrated by Muslim, 5255).
He also said, “The sun will be brought close to mankind on the Day of Resurrection until it is as close as a mile.” Saleem ibn ‘Aamir [one of the narrators of this hadeeth] said: “By Allah, I do not know whether he referred to a mile as a ground distance (one mile) or to the stick with which kohl is applied to the eyes.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Then the people will be submerged in sweat according to their deeds; some will be submerged up to their ankles, others up to their knees, others up to the groin and some up to their jaws. ” He said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) pointed to his mouth.” (Narrated by Muslim, 5108).
He said: “I come to the gate of Paradise on the Day of Resurrection and ask for it to be opened. The gatekeeper will say, “Who are you?” I say, “Muhammad”. He will say: “I have been commanded not to open it for anyone before you came.” (Narrated by Muslim, 292).
And there are many similar ahaadeeth.
The idea of the migration of souls is a rejection and denial of the Day of Resurrection.
The Islamic teachings concerning torment or blessing in the grave and the questioning of the two angels clearly prove that the soul of a man does not go to another body, rather experiences torment or blessing, until mankind is resurrected before their Lord.
Ibn Hazm (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “It is sufficient refutation to this idea to note that there is consensus among Muslims that kaafirs and those who believe in this idea are following something that is not Islam, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught something other than this. ” (Al-Fasl fi’l-Milal wa’l-Ahwa ‘wa’l-Nihal, 1/166).
The belief that the body will perish and will not be restored to experience blessing or punishment is a means that leads men to indulge their desires and evil deeds. This is what Satan wants for those who follow this corrupt belief, in addition to pushing them further into kufr when he makes them believe in this false idea. This is why Muslims do not believe in reincarnation.
What you should do is warn that person and remind the words of Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and call him to repent from this kufr. If he repents, and leans Allah, Alhamdulillah, otherwise be cautious.
And Allah knows best.
Do Muslims Believe in Reincarnation? Answer by Adnan Oktar
(From live interview Mr Adnan Oktar in Kral Karadeniz TV and Kanal Urfa TV, October 21, 2009)
Adnan Oktar: Look, if you believe in reincarnation, then our job is really very easy. There are these devil worshipers and Satanists, but that is only a pose, and they don’t really believe in it. If they did, I think it would be very, very easy to make them to be Muslims, make them become Muslims. A matter of moments. If someone really believes in reincarnation, then the issue is already over. These people believe in the existence of the soul, the soul can move elsewhere. It is easy for them to become Muslims. But supporters of reincarnation do not really believe in that. They just say they do, but in reality there is no such possibility. And, according to the Qur’an, reincarnation is, in any case, impossible. Allah says: “There is a curtain,” one that you “can not go beyond.” After one has died and gone in the Hereafter, there is no return. But we come back to life when we dream, because dreams resemble death. Someone who sleeps dies every day. And Allah is restoring the soul whenever one awakes. But Allah also decides that some people are not restored. And they can’t come back from sleep. And they are dead, right? There are many such cases.
Muslims do not believe in reincarnation. Those who believe in reincarnation say the soul is introduced into plants or grass … and with no purpose. What can a human soul do in an insect? What could it learn? How can it benefit? Imagine such a thing happening, what would be the purpose? Insects do not have discernment. They act through the inspiration of God, wandering through the grass. No place for intelligence to develop or achieve culture, education or knowledge. It is obvious that insects have no understanding. So Allah gives us long life. Human beings live 70 or 80 years. O between 40 and 50. Allah Almighty questions in a verse, “has not been given enough time to you?” They beg the Lord to allow them to return, and claim to be good Muslims. Of course, there is no place for free judgment, now they have seen Paradise and Hell. They think they are very smart. But Allah says that if they came back, they would do exactly the same things, because they would be sent back in a kind of amnesia.
For example, someone can get up and say I dreamed I was going to Hell. There he had suffered the same or even more intense pains as in hell. But then one forgets. However, there can be no doubt that that person makes a free judgment. That is why Allah says that the period we are given is enough. For now, we are given a long life expectancy. There are no excuses. We went through this training period. And what you are can be seen during this learning process. There is no reason why a person would die and become a cat, and then grass or a flower. Such a thing can not happen.
Adnan Oktar’s live talk
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