The Fallacy of Reincarnation Part 1 : What is Reincarnation? , Does reincarnation (transmigration of the soul from one body to another) exist in the Quran?

The Fallacy of Reincarnation

What is Reincarnation?

What does the Quran say about reincarnation?

What does the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) say about reincarnation?

What do Islamic scholars say about reincarnation?

What do the mind and reason say about reincarnation?

Questions and Answers

 

What is Reincarnation? Does reincarnation exist in the Quran?

Does reincarnation(transmigration of the soul from one body to another) exist in the Quran?

Man seeks the truth since he is naturally venerable but he sometimes meets the wrong and keeps it thinking that it is the truth. While he digs for the truth, he finds something wrong and takes it thinking that it is the truth.

Reincarnation is something that is wrong like that and it never belongs to Islam and the Quran. However, we see sadly that some miserable people appear on TV channels and try to show it as if reincarnation is true. Unfortunately, they deceive people. It makes us even sadder that people there are some theology professors among these miserable. They make us think, "Are these the people who are responsible for protecting the religion of the ummah?" 

The reason for preparing this work: To prove thatreincarnation does not exist, to save the belief of Muslims from a danger, to show the real faces of the so-called professors who talk as if reincarnation exists and to protect Muslims from their other evil thoughts. 

That is, the problem is not the issue of reincarnation only. It is to warn the ummah of Muhammad against them by showing how far away the people who advocate reincarnation are from Islam and belief. 

In this work called “the Fallacy of Reincarnation”, we will prove definitely that reincarnation is impossible to happen. Success and help come from Allah.    

WHAT IS REINCARNATION?

Reincarnation means the transmigration of the soul. It means the transmigration of the soul of a person to another person after his death and coming to the world again in another body.

We will analyze the impossibility of reincarnation under four headings:

·First, we will look at the Quran and see what the Quran says regarding the issue.

·Then, we will look at hadiths and see whether the Prophet (pbuh) said anything about it.

·After that, we will examine the views of Islamic scholars on reincarnation. What did they say about it?

·Finally, we will explain the evidences that reincarnation is impossible to take place based on logic and reason. 

An issue can be true only if

·the Quran gives information about it,

·the Prophet (pbuh) mentions it,

·Islamic scholars agree unanimously on it,

·or, at least, it is logical and reasonable.

If

·the Quran rejects something let alone mentioning it,

·the Prophet (pbuh) does not mention it at all,

·Islamic scholars regard it as unbelief,

·logic and reason reject it, it means that thing is completely wrong.

We will prove that reincarnation is wrong under four headings. Now, we start with the viewpoint of the Quran on the issue:  

 

What does the Quran say about reincarnation?

EVIDENCE 1

(In Falsehood will they be) until, when death comes to one of them, he says: "O my Lord! send me back (to life)― In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected."― "By no means! it is but a word he says Before them is a Partition till the Day they are raised up. (al-Muminun 99-100)

The verses above reject reincarnation clearly. Let us analyze the verses:

Question: How do they start to pray and beg when death comes to them?

Answer: They wantto return to the world and do the righteous deeds that they abandoned.   

Question: Will they be allowed to do so?

Answer: No, they will not be allowed.

Question: What is said about their requests?

Answer: “It is nothing but a word”

Question: What happens to them?

Answer: They are taken to the place called Barzakh (Partition) to stay until the Day or Resurrection.

How can a Muslim believe in reincarnation since the expressions of the verses are so clear? How can a person who believes in reincarnation be called a Muslim?

Those who advocate reincarnation claim that the soul continues its journey in this world in other bodies to reach perfection. However, in the verses that we interpret, those who die as sinners want permission to go back to the world in order to do the good deeds that they abandoned - that is, according to those who advocate reincarnation, to reach perfection - but they are not given permission. That is, the claims of reincarnationists are completely contrary to the Quran.

Barzakh (partition), which is mentioned in the verse and described as the place where they will remain until the Day of Judgment is the name of the realm where the spirits of the dead people wait. The souls of those who have not been born yet wait in the Realm of Souls but souls of those who die wait in the Realm of Barzakh. The Realm of Barzakh is like the waiting room of the hereafter.

In conclusion, we can say that verses 99 and 100 of the chapter of al-Muminun reject reincarnation clearly.

What does the Quran say about reincarnation?

EVIDENCE 2

Say: "The Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls: then shall ye be brought back to your Lord." If only thou couldst see when the guilty ones will bend low their heads before their Lord, (saying:) "Our Lord! We have seen and we have heard: now then send us back (to the world): we will work righteousness: for we do indeed (now) believe." If We had so willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance… (as-Sajda 11- 12-13)

The verses above also reject reincarnation. Now, let us analyze the verses above:

Question: Whatdo the guilty ones ask from Allah by bending their heads low? 

Answer: They want to be sent to the world again and do righteous deeds.

Question: What do they show as evidence that they will do righteous deeds?

Answer: They show it as evidence that they have seen and heard the truth and add that they will not do wrong again.

Question: What is the answer given to them?

Answer: Their requests are rejected and they are addresses as follows: “If We had so willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance.” Thus, it is stated that the guidance of every soul is not the divine wish.

They claim that the soul enters another body. However, their requests about it are clearly rejected by the verse.

They claim that the soul attains perfection by entering another body. However, the following verse clearly expresses that the guidance of every soul is not the divine wish: “If We had so willed, We could certainly have brought every soul its true guidance.” Yes, God Almighty becomes pleased if all of His slaves find true guidance but He has not willed the guidance of all of them. He left them free to choose belief or unbelief. The following verse of the Quran indicates this reality: “Say "The Truth is from your Lord": let him who will, believe, and let him who will, reject (it).” (al-Kahf 29)

Besides, if Allah had willed the guidance of all of His slaves, He could have given guidance to all of them before they died and the souls would not have had to change so many bodies. However, if it had been like that, the testing and the creation of Hell would have been meaningless.

In conclusion, we can say that verses 11, 12, 13 of the chapter of as-Sajda reject reincarnation clearly and state that it is impossible to come to the world again after death. Anyone who believes in reincarnation after seeing it will have denied the verses above and Allah. A sane person will be ashamed of doing it and will shiver at the thought.

What does the Quran say about reincarnation?

EVIDENCE 3

…Then will the wrongdoers say: "Our Lord! Respite us (if only) for a short Term: we will answer Thy Call, and follow the messengers!" "What! were ye not wont to swear aforetime that ye should suffer no decline?” (Ibrahim 44)

The verse above also rejects reincarnation clearly and shows that the idea of reincarnation is wrong as follows: Those who advocate reincarnation believe that there is no elimination and death for them. As it will be explained later, what lies at the basis of the idea of reincarnation is the desire to live very long in the world. According to them, their souls will come to the world many times in other bodies and they will never leave the world. That is, according to their belief, there is no elimination for them.  

Now, let us see the answer that the verse gives them. “What! were ye not wont to swear aforetime that ye should suffer no decline?’”

This verse slaps their faces and virtually says,  

“You believe that your souls will come to the world many times in other bodies and you swear for it. You claim that there is no elimination for you. Then, why do you beg that your death be postponed? Go back to the world if you can. They cannot.”

That is, the souls are not at large; they cannot go to the world and return as they wish. Can you imagine the feelings and the shape of the faces of those who believe in reincarnation at that time? 

What does the Quran say about reincarnation?

EVIDENCE 4

Therein will they cry aloud (for assistance): "Our Lord! Bring us out: we shall work righteousness, not the (deeds) we used to do!"― Did we not give you long enough life so that he that would should receive admonition? And (moreover) the warner came to you. So taste ye (the fruit of your deeds): for the Wrongdoers there is no helper." (Fatir 37)

The verse above also rejects reincarnation clearly as follows: According to those who believe in reincarnation, man comes to the world many times to attain perfection and this journey goes on until it is completed. However, the verse above rejects this view. Let us analyze the verse and see how it rejects them:

Question: Why do they want to come to the world again?

Answer: To do righteous deeds; that is, to attain perfection.

Question: Are they allowed?

Answer: No they are not.

Question: What is the reason why they are not allowed?

Answer: They had a life long enough to think and to do righteous deeds and warners were sent to them but they did not do righteous deeds.

That is, no permission is given to anyone to go to the world again to attain perfection. If it had been possible, their wishes would have been accepted. However, according to the clear expression of the verse, their wishes are rejected and they are not sent to the world again. 

How can reincarnation be accepted despite the clear expression of the verse? We can understand, to some extent, those who are unaware of these verses to believe in reincarnation due to their ignorance though ignorance is not an excuse. However, we cannot understand the professors who claim to know the Quran advocating this view. Do they not see those verses? Or, do they aim something else? That is, are they the people appointed to deprave the creed of people?  We cannot think of anything else? Let alone a professor, an ordinary person who reads the Quran understands that reincarnation is completely contrary to the Quran. How do they not understand? We think they understand it but their aim is something else.

 

What does the Quran say about reincarnation?

EVIDENCE 5

Nor will they there taste Death, except the first Death. (ad-Dukhan 56)

The verse above states that man tastes death only once but reincarnationists claim that man tastes death several times and that he comes to the world in another body every time he comes to the world. Should we believe in the Quran or reincarnationists?

In addition, we wonder if those who advocate reincarnation see the verse above or not. In fact, we have mentioned beforehand that they do not advocate it because they believe in it. What they want is to steal the belief of this nation. 

Nor will they there taste Death, except the first Death.”This verse is so clear that we do not need to analyze it and move to the next verse.

 

What does the Quran say about reincarnation?

EVIDENCE 6

… Who believe in the Unseen … (al-Baqara 3)

As this verse expresses, this world was created for testing; and the secret of the testing is belief in ghayb (the unseen, the unknown). That is, we are asked to believe without seeing the truths of belief. 

In other words, God Almighty created this world to see who will believe and who will not believe and asked His slaves to believe in ghayb. 

However, there is no ghayb left for the soul that leaves the body and that soul sees all of the truths of belief. That is, it sees the angels, reward and punishment, etc and the secret of the testing becomes clear for it. Therefore, there is no point in sending that soul to the world again. Since there is no point in it, it will definitely not be allowed to return to the world. 

There are many verses regarding death and resurrection in the Quran. There is no expression showing that the soul transmigrates to another person or creature in any of those verses. Contrarily, there are a lot of verses rejecting reincarnation. We regard the six verses above sufficient and do not want to present more verses as evidence so as not to bore you. For, we will refer to three more sources and first ask the Prophet (pbuh), then to Islamic scholars and finally to the mind and reason about reincarnation.

Before we end this part, we will give some of the numbers of the verses and the names of the chapters that reject reincarnation. Those who wish can read the interpretations of these verses and see how far away reincarnation is from the spirit of the Quran.

Verse 18 of the chapter of an-Nisa, verse 93 of al-An’am, verse 11 of as-Sajda, verses 10-11 of al-Munafiqun 10-11, verses 45-46 of al-Mu’min, verse 13 of al-Mumtahina, verse 97 of an-Nisa and all of the other verses stating that rewards and punishment will occur just after death reject reincarnation.

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