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Name : Riyaz Siddiqui
Question:     What does Islam say about rebirth?
Answer:     Allah Most High has created a virtual body (Jism Mithaali) of every human being.  When a human being dies, the soul enters the virtual body and the virtual body is like the physical body.  When the soul enters the virtual body, it is not transferred to any other body after it.

Shaykh Ul Islam Imam Muhammad Anwaarullah Farooqui (May Allah shower His mercy on him), the founder of Jamia Nizamia says about rebirth:

Translation:  This belief of those who believe in rebirth that if a person does good deeds then his soul will enter the body of a Brahman or cow and if he does bad deeds, then it will become a lowly animal.  Here, we have to see on which basis can we say better or lower?  If we call a dog a lowly animal, then it is lowly for us, the dogs themselves don’t consider it lowly.  By analogy, whatever animal we see is happy in its own state and probably does not even think that it should become a human being or any other animal.

Animals don’t even like to come near human beings until and unless they are coaxed and persuaded and their needs are not catered to.  Then a Brahman, who by the principles of rebirth, is an evolved animal, they don’t even know before being a Brahman what kind of animal they were.  (Maqasid Ul Islam, Vol. 8, Pg. No. 66)

The belief that the soul enters this world again is wrong as per Islam.  This is called as rebirth or reincarnation.  As Hadhrat Mulla Ali Qari (May Allah shower His mercy on him) says in Sharh Fiqh Akbar, Pg. No. 11.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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