Incarnation and dying before time
Fatwa No: 107118

  • Fatwa Date:16-4-2008 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 10, 1429
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salam,in my country,they believe that if someone died but,his time has not yet been reach,(he was kill,etc),the ghost is going to travel to another place,to start a new life there and if anybody that knew him before he died then see him,he will then dissapear question is that,should we muslims,believe in this? and also they believe that if someone died and one of his family give birth,like(a man died,after that one of his family ,may be sister,or wife or daughter,then give birth to baby boy ,they said the man return to life.i knew all this thing is nonsense,but what evidence can i give to them according to the Quran or sunnah.jazakallahu khayr.


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.


First of all, you should know that no one dies before his appointed time, and being killed does not mean one died before his due time. Moreover, believing that the soul will come back after death in order to live in another place or to be incarnated in another person, then all these are innovations and wrong beliefs which were neither reported in the Quran nor in the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) and none of the companions or the generation which followed them said this. Moreover, no Imaam among the four Imaams (i.e. Imaam Maalik, Abu Haneefah, Ash-Shaafi’i and Ahmad) nor any other Muslim scholar  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them said this. Hence, these are nothing but beliefs of some secret groups and are not part of the Islamic beliefs.

These beliefs are contrary to the texts from the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ). All the verses from the Quran and the Prophetic narrations that address the issue of the souls leaving the body, the punishment and delight in the grave, the resurrection, the reckoning, the reward and punishment in the Hereafter, all these texts refute those wrong beliefs. Confirming these wrong beliefs implies negating and rejecting those Islamic texts which is clear disbelief.

We have already issued Fatwa 91652 clarifying that the belief in incarnation is false, and Fatwa 83292 clarifying that death is predestined and that no one dies before his appointed time.

Allaah Knows best.

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