The Fallacy of Reincarnation Part 5 : Questions about reincarnation and their answers
What is wondered about reincarnation
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1-“They (the unbelievers) will say:" Our Lord! Twice hast Thou made us without life, and twice hast Thou given us Life! Now have we recognized our sins: is there any way out (of this)?”(al-Mu’min 11) Is therean indication of reincarnation in the verse above when “killing twice and reviving twice”is mentioned?
Definitely not! If it had mentioned reincarnation, it would not have said “killing twice and reviving twice” but “killing tens of times and reviving tens of times”. For, according to those who believe in reincarnation, the soul dies and revives tens of times. If the verse mentioned above had indicated reincarnation, it would have been as follows: “Our Lord! Tens of times hast Thou made us without life, and tens of times hast Thou given us Life…” However, the verse does not say so; killing twice is mentioned only. It means this verse has nothing to do with reincarnation.
Abdullah b. Masud, Abdullah b. Abbas, Qatada, Dahhak and Abu Malik stated the following regarding killing twice mentioned in the verse: The first death is the state before the soul is blown. What is meant by death in the verse is being dead in the body of the parents. The second death is dying after coming to the world.
The verse above is similar to the following verse: “How can ye reject the faith in Allah? Seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return” (al-Baqara 28)
In the verse,
Attention is attracted to the state in the body of the parents by the expression “you were without life”,
coming to this world alive is meant by the expression “and He gave you life”,
our death in this world is meant by the expression “then will He cause you to die”,
resurrection in the grave is meant by the expression “and will again bring you to life”,
going to the Gathering Place by coming out of the grave is meant by the expression “and again to Him will ye return”.
To sum up, the verse has no connection with reincarnation. The verses mention life in the grave and barzakh.
2- In some stories about saints, it is stated that the souls of the saints take the form of man. Does this not resemble reincarnation?
Answer: It does not resemble reincarnation at all. Yes, Allah made the souls of some saints appear like humans. However, it is only in appearance; those holy souls did not enter other bodies. Angels and jinn can also appear like human beings and do various things; there are also several stories about prophets that even Satan can appear like human beings. However, none of them is reincarnation. The appearance of the souls of saints like human beings is like that. They have nothing to do with reincarnation; they are like the appearance of a person in the mirror.
3- Some newborn children mention their previous lives. How can it be explained?
Answer: It is stated in hadiths that jinn can enter human body, affect man’s nerves of feelings and movement and produce movements and sounds. Man is not aware of these words and movements of jinn. Some children and ill people have been seen talking due to this trick of jinn. The jinn that make them talk mention the words of people living in distant places or in the past; some people thought these children have two souls or carry the souls of some other people.The ignorant people who are not aware of the influence of jinn on man think it is reincarnation and become putty in the hands of jinn and Satan.
That is, what happens is jinn entering the body of some people, affecting theirnerves of feelings and movement and producing movements and sounds as a result of this effect.
4-Sometimes, a person feels that he has experienced something before. How can it be explained?
It is called déjà vu. Déjà vu is the feeling of having experienced something or having been to somewhere before.
This can originate from the brain being unable to perceive an input like a vision or sound due to tiredness or some other reason. When the brain perceives it, the person may have the feeling that he has experienced it before.
Another reason to have this feeling is as follows:
During sleep, man’s connection with the material realm breaks off; so, his other faculties and feelings contact the unseen realm. The windows that close due to sleep open to the spiritual world. The soul watches and thinks about those realms through the windows that open. The soul sometimes sees the manifestations of Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Preserved Tablet) and sometimes the examples of the letters of qadar (destiny).
Then, when he sees in the material world what he has seen in his dream, he has the feeling that he has experienced or seen it before. What makes him have this feeling is the fact that he cannot remember what he has seen in his dream.
In addition, it may originate from the fact that the right lobe of the brain operates with a difference of time smaller than a millisecond from the left lobe. Since one lobe perceives something before the other lobe, the lobe that perceives it later makes man feel that he has experienced it before. This originates from a tiny deviation in the nerve axons.
The opposite of déjà vu is jamais vu; in jamais vu, people may feel as strangers in the places that they are familiar with.
They are all related to the functions of the brain and they have nothing to do with reincarnation.
Our work called “the Fallacy of Reincarnation” ends here. As we have mentioned before, our aim was not to prove that reincarnation was wrong only; we wanted to prove that those who advocated reincarnation were actually so far away from Islam and the Quran and to protect the ummah of Muhammad from their evil.
May Allah Almighty protect the ummah of Muhammad from their evil and make us attain the belief that He will be pleased with! Amin!
- 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 Part 3: What are the views of the Islamic scholars on reincarnation?
- The Fallacy of Reincarnation Part 4: Does reincarnation comply with the mind and reason?
- Is reincarnation mentioned in the Quran?
- The Fallacy of Reincarnation Part 2: What does the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say about Reincarnation?
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