Reincarnation in Islam

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Today Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) reveals to us the secrets of the Raj’a (return/ reincarnation)... Not only is reincarnation a creed in other religions but it is mentioned in several verses of the Holy Quran.
Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan made it clear that reincarnation is a genuine creed in the beliefs of Shia and Sunnis, and pointed out the Return (Raja) of the Pure Ones during the Time of the Qaim as described in the ahadith...

When Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan was asked:

"Is reincarnation or the returning of the soul back to this life with another body true?"

He (as) answered:

"In the Name of Allah, The Abundantly Merciful, The Intensely Merciful
All praises belong to Allah the Lord of the Worlds
O Allah send Your prayers upon Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad the Imams and the Mahdis
It is true. The soul never dies.
See the answer on the Black Banner Forum

Reincarnation from an Islamic viewpoint is Al-Raj’a (The Return)


The link between the Rajah, the Mahdis, the Imams, and the Rise of the Qaim

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There is a very important matter which has to do with reincarnation from an Islamic viewpoint - it is Al-Raj’a (The Return).
The narrations which talk about Al-Raj’a mention the return of the Prophet of Allah (sawas), the return of the Imams (as), and 12 Mahdis (as), who will come after Imam Al-Mahdi (as).

Interestingly the narrations about the Mahdis, and the narrations about the Raj’a both talk about dominance and victory for the believers, and the establishment of the 'State of the Divine Justice'.
And of course we know that the 'State of the Divine Justice' will be established by the hands of the Qa’im (as).

So obviously there is a strong connection between the following matters: the Mahdis & the Raj’a, and the Qa’im & the State of the Divine Justice. And the interwovenness of these four is clear like the sun.

But the narrations which talk about the Mahdis were not of interest to the Shia for a very long time, because it was difficult for the Shia to make sense or harmonize between:

  1. the narrations about the Raj’a (The Return)
  2. the narrations about the Mahdis (as)
  3. the narrations about the Imams (as)
  4. and the narrations about the Rise of the Qa’im (as).

And that is only to be expected, because those four matters are part of the secret Divine Plan for the establishment of the State of the Divine Justice. So surely not anyone would have access to it except its real Companion.

Zurarah said: I asked Abu Abdullah (as), meaning Imam Al-Sadiq (as), about these great matters such as the Raj'a (The Return) and its likes, so he (as) said: "Verily, this thing you are asking about,its time has not arrived yet, rather they have denied that which they do not encompass in knowledge and which its interpretation has not yet come them. - Al-Bihar 40/53

Therefore only the Qa’im of the Family of Muhammad himself is enitled to answer the question how the Raj’a happens, and what the connection between the Mahdis and the ones who return is. And only Imam Ahmed Al Hassan (as), who raised the prophesied Black Banners and has come on the day of death of the King Abdullah, clarified to us the connection between those four matters, in a way matches the Holy Quran and the Family of Muhammad (as). And as such he (as) has removed the contradictions which were faced by those who call themselves Shia and the Samiris of the office of the Najaf, whom were all trying to find a connection between those four important matters.

Proofs for the concept of reincarnation found in Islam

Truly the Qur'an came to proclaim Raj'ah in this world, as did many traditions from the house of Infallibility.
And all the Imamites believe this, except a few who have interpreted the pronouncement of Raj'ah as the return of the government to the Household of the Prophet - but not the return of people or the giving of life to the dead.

But the fact of the matter is that...

  • Reincarnation is clearly explained in certain prophet's stories and other separate verses in the Holy Quran.
  • Also it is mentioned in the narrations from the Family of Muhammad (as) the Ahlul Bayt (as).

Quranic verses about reincarnation

'The Known Day' is the time of the Qaim (as).

The quranic words al-Raj'ah and al-Karra mean 'return', and also mean reincarnation. Many verses from Holy Quran confirm al-Raj'a has happened in the past for some specific nations and individuals and will also happen in the future to some people - on other occasions than only the 'Known Day' or the Day of Resurrection/ Judgement Day.
In fact the return to worldly life multiple times has always been an Islamic concept.
And the interpretation of the quranic verses only comes from the Family of Muhammad (pbuh). So read the following Quranic verses and their interpretation from the Ahlul Bayt...

  • {Says he (man): "Who will give life to the bones when they are rotten?" Say, "He will give life to them Who brought them into existence at first, and He is cognizant of all Creation."} – Holy Quran 36:78-79
  • {Does he promise you that when you are dead and have become dust and bones, you will be brought forth again?} - Surah Al-Muminoon verse 35
  • {Were We then weary with the first Creation, that they should be in confused doubt about a new Creation?} - Surah Qaf, verse 15
  • From the story of prophet Hizkeel:
    Himran Ibn A’ayun narrated: I asked Abu Ja’far (as): "Is there anything that took place in The Children of Israel, which will not take place here?" He (as) said: "No."
    Then I asked: "So tell me about the saying of Allah (on the Children of Israel): {Have you not considered those who went forth from their homes, for fear of death, and they were thousands, then Allah said to them, Die, and then He again gave them life} - Holy Quran 2:243 So did Allah bring them back to life until the people looked at them and then He swt caused them. to die again? Or He (swt) brought them back to this world?" So he (as) said: "Rather, He (swt) brought them back to this world and they lived in houses and ate food and married women, and they remained alive after that until Allah willed, then they died after fulfilling their age." - Bihar Al-Anwar by AlMajlisi, v12 p381, Mukhtasar Basa'r Al-Darajat 23 and 24
Conclusion: This proves that there is a return of those people whom Allah has killed in this world and then Allah resurrected them in this world (where they lived in homes and ate food and married women, and they stayed in this condition as long as Allah wanted, then they died)
Context: Imam Abi Abdullah says that these people mentioned in the verse are a people from one of the cities of Sham (levant) and they were 70,000 households, and there was a plague that would constantly strike them, once or twice a year, so these people decided that if the plague returned they would leave the city, so when the plague returned they all left the city and the plague, and they avoided the plague, and the wandered the earth as Allah desired, until they came to a city that was destroyed, and abandoned by its people. So they settled in it. And when they put down their bags and felt assured to stay in it Allah (swt) told them: "Die." So they died this very hour and their bodies decomposed.
The Imam says they all died, so they died this very hour and their bodies decomposed, so after a while their bodies decomposed, meaning it turned into dust. So a prophet from the prophets of Bani Israel passed by them, whose name was Hizqeel (Ezekiel). Meaning he is a sent messenger. So when he saw these bones he cried and spoke to his Lord: "Oh Lord if you willed you would resurrect them this very hour just as you made them die, they made your lands prosperous and gave birth to your worshipers and worshiped you." So when Hizqeel (pbuh) said these words he saw the bones began flying one to the other until they (the people) came back to life, looking at each other and supplication to Allah (swt) and saying Allahu Akbar. So Hizqeel then said I testify that Allah (swt) is capable of everything.
  • Sheikh Muzzafar in his famous book "The Faith of Shia Islam":
    "In this question the Shi'a follow what has been said by the Household of the Prophet: That Allah will cause people to return to this world in the same form as they were before; that He will distinguish between the righteous and the wrong-doers, and between the oppressed and the oppressors; and that this will take place in the time of the Mahdi. Allah will not cause anyone to return unless he has attained a high degree of faith of has sunk deep into corruption. After this they will die again, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be raised again to be rewarded or punished, for Allah has mentioned in the Qur'an the desire of these people who have come twice into this world to come yet a third time in order to repent of their sins.
    {They shall say: Our Lord! Thou hast cause us to die two deaths, and Thou hast given us twice to live; now we confess our sins. Is there any way to go forth?} – Holy Quran 40:11
    Truly the Qur'an came to proclaim Raja in this world, as did many traditions from the house of Infallibility, and all the Imamites believe this…
    "
Imam al-Baqir (as) said about this verse:
"This is exclusive to those (Kuffar) who return to this world after death, and this is their (statement) in the Day of Judgment (after the second rising).
So, far removed (from mercy) the wrongdoing folk." - Al-Bihar, v53, p116, Hadith #139
Conclusion: According to the above verse, on the Day of Judgment the Kuffar who had lived and died twice would ask for a third chance in order to repent for their sins. This means they live and die in this world, then will return to this world (al-Raj’a) and will die again, and thereafter they will be resurrected on the Day of Judgment.
  • Tafsir regarding 'the Day when We will gather from every nation a group':
    Abi Baseer said: Abu Jafar meaning Imam Al-Baqir (as) said to me: "Do the people of Iraq deny the Raja (The Return)?" So I said: Yes. So he (as) said: "Haven’t they read the Qur’an? {And the Day when We will gather from every nation a group} [Holy Qur’an 27:83]." - Bihar Al-Anwar page 40 volume 53
Also...
Imam Al-Sadiq (as) was asked about the saying of Allah (swt) {And the Day when We will gather from every nation a group of those who deny Our signs, and they will be [driven] in rows} [Holy Qur’an 27:83].
So he (as) said: "What do the people say regarding it?"
So I said: They say it is about the Day of Resurrection.
So he (as) said: "Would Allah gather on the Day of Resurrection one group from every nation and leave the rest?!" Rather indeed it is about the Raj’a (The Return). As for the verse of the Day of Resurrection then this it is the following: "and We will gather them and not leave behind from them anyone * And they will be presented before your Lord in rows, [and He will say], "You have certainly come to Us just as We created you the first time. But you claimed that We would never make for you an appointment."} [18:47-48]."
- Bihar Al-Anwar page 40 volume 53
Conclusion: {We will resurrect a group from each nation.} = Means the Minor Resurrection = means the rise of the Riser (pbuh) = means the return of the Righteous Ones = means "reincarnation" had been presented to us with its code name "Raj'a"!
  • From the story of Jeremiah:
    It has been narrated from Abi Abdillah (pbuh) in a long narration aboutthe story of Nebuchadnezzar, that after the killing of Bani Israel, Armeia (Jeremiah) rode out on a donkey, and looked at the beasts of prey of the land and sky eating their corpses. So he said to himself "How will Allah enliven those, whose limbs have been eaten up by beasts!? Since now their flesh is in the stomach of these beasts." So God retrieved his soul. And this is the saying of Allah (swt) (regarding this incident):
    {Or consider such an example as the one who passed by a township which had fallen into ruin. He said, "How will Allah bring this to life after its death?" So Allah caused him to die for a hundred years; then He revived him.} - Holy Quran 2:259

    The Imam continues and says: So Allah inspired to him and said, "How long have you remained?" After he was brought back to life he was asked: "How long have you remained? He said, "I have remained a day." Then he looked at the sun high in the sky and said "or part of a day." He (swt) said, "Rather, you have remained one hundred years. Look at your food and your drink; it has not changed with time." Meaning even the food and drink did not rot with time. Recorded in Bihar Al Anwar.
  • From the story of Moses:
    {And [recall] when you said, "O Moses, we will never believe you until we see Allah outright"; so the thunderbolt took you while you were looking on. Then We revived you after your death that perhaps you would be grateful} - Holy Quran 2:56
    Imam Al-Ridha (pbuh) interpreted this verse saying: The speaker of Allah Moses son of Imran (pbuh) knew that Allah (pbuh) is far Exalted from being seen with eyes but when Allah (swt) talked to him and drew him near in (Divine) conversation he returned to his people and told them that Allah (swt) spoke to him and drew him near in (Divine) conversation. So they said "we will not believe you until we hear Him (swt) like you did." His close companions said these words to him, and the nation were 700,000 men, so he chose from them 70,000.

Ahadith about reincarnation

On the one hand there are quite a few ahadith against the concept of reincarnation. Al-Majlisi for example collected many of them in Bihar Al-Anwar Vol.2 door 5 "The invalidity of reincarnation (tanasukh)" (go to page 320). And Kamal Al-Haydari stated that the scholars agree that the concept on reincarnation (tanasukh) is invalid.

But on the other hand there are numerous ahadith in support of the concept of reincarnation.
In the following we will mention some narrations from the Family of Muhammad (as) the Ahlul Bayt (as) (besides their tafsir stated above) to prove this fact...

Even when we look into Sahih Bukhari we find ahadith that point us towards reincarnation:
The Prophet Mohammad (sawas) said: "... I would love to be martyred in Allah’s cause and then get resurrected and then get martyred, and then get resurrected again and then get martyred and then get resurrected again and then get martyred... " - Bukhari 4.54

And as we have come to know from Imam Ahmed Al Hassan (as) reincarnation is truth. And the return of our souls to this world many times is a truth.

And we can find this truth about reincarnation, and it's rounds, and about the Judgement Day (after death), and entering Paradise or Hell after it, in a conversation that took place between Imam Al-Sadiq and Mufaddhal which has been compiled as the manuscript "Al-Haft al-Sharif". It is a manuscript that had been hidden for a long time and was published only in 1968 (by the arts scholar Mustapha Ghaleb). The English translation from the Original Version of Al-Haft Al-Sharif was done by Abdullah Hashem.
In the manuscript Imam Al-Sadiq (as) the grand grandfather of Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) cites the evidence for reincarnation from the Qur'an, Sunnah and Adadith. Besides many other topics the doors (chapters) of the manuscript talk about different kinds of reincarnation e.g. Maskh (reincarnation from human to animal form) as well as Naskh (reincarnation from human to human form).

When Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) was asked if Al-Haft Al-Sharif is true, he replied:
"I have said that Al-Haft al Shareef is one of the greatest books present, but it also has a little amount of corruption.
But it is only a small amount."

Black Banners Episode number 9

Reincarnation in Al-Haft Al-Shareef

Aba Sadiq Abdullah Hashem (as) presented many of the doors of this manuscript in his 2010 series "TADS the 2nd Semester"...

  • Reincarnation in the Qur'an: Door 46
  • Maskh (Animal) Vs. Naskh (Human) vs. Raskh (Plant): Door 20
  • Reincarnation in Islam: Door 18
  • Human Cattle/Sheople in the Qur'an: Door 21
  • The Killings of the Imams and Prophets: Door 38
  • The Past Lives of the Believer: Door 48

But since not all episodes are online any more, one can simply read the respective chapters of the book "Al-Haft Al-Shareef" - One of the Greatest Books Present.

The Greek Philosopher Plato about "Maskh"
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It is interesting to see that the Greek Philosopher Plato obviously also believed in "Maskh" - the reincarnation of a human into an animal...

S: [Inferior men of previous bad upbringing] wander [in the underworld] until their longing for that which accompanies them, the physical, again imprisons them in a body, and they are then, as is likely, bound to such characters as they have practiced in their life.
C: What kind of characters do you say these are, Socrates?
S: Those, for example, who have carelessly practiced gluttony, violence, and drunkenness are likely to join a company of donkeys or similar animals. Do you not think so?
C: Very likely.
S: Those who have esteemed injustice highly, and tyranny and plunder, will join the tribes of wolves and hawks and kites, or where else shall we say that they go?
C: Certainly to those.
S: And clearly, the destination of others will conform to the way in which they have behaved?
C: Clearly.
S: The happiest of these, who will also have the best destination, are those who practiced popular and social virtue, which they call moderation and justice and which was developed by habit and practice, without philosophy or understanding?
C: How are they the happiest?
S: Because it is likely that they will again join a social and gentle group, either of bees or wasps or ants, and then again the same kind of human group, and so be moderate men.
C: That is likely.
S: No one may join the company of the gods who has not practiced philosophy and is not completely pure when he departs from life, no one but the lover of learning…

Further Ahadith from the Ahlul Bayt about returning to this world

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  • Al-Hasan Ibn Jahm narrated: Al-Ma'mun asked Imam al-Ridha (as): "O' Abul Hasan! What do you say about al-Raj'a?" The Imam (as) replied: "It is truth. Verily it had been in the ancient nations and Quran has spoken about it, and verily the Messenger of Allah (sawas) said: 'There shall be for this nation all what had been for the previous nations like the similarity of two pair of shoes." - Uyun Akhbar al-Ridha (as) v1 p218 , Bihar alAnwar by AlMajlisi, v53 p59 Hadith #45
  • Al-Asbagh Ibn Nabata narrated that Abdullah Ibn Abi Bakr al-Yashkari (also known as Ibn al-Kawwaa who was one of al-Khawarij) asked the commander (prince) of the believers (as) about the possibility of returning to this world after death. Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (as) replied: "... Don't you know that Allah, to Whom belong might and majesty, said in His Book, {And Moses chose out of his people seventy men for Our appointment} (7:155)," ... {and when they said to Moses (as): "we will not believe in you until we see Allah manifestly"} (2:55), and Allah said {so the thunderbolt overtook you while you were watching. Then We raised you up after your death that you may be grateful}. (2:55-56)" Don't you see O'Ibn al-Kawwaa that they indeed returned to their homes after they died? Isn't it that (after the above verse) Allah informed in his book {And We made the clouds to give shade over you and We sent to you manna and quails} (2:57) Thus this was after they died and when Allah raised them again. O' Ibn al-Kawwaa, for some people from the Children of Israel about whom Allah said: {Have you not considered those who went forth from their homes, for fear of death, and they were thousands, then Allah said to them, Die, and then He again gave them life} (2:243)" And also saying of Allah, to Whom belong might and majesty, about Uzair where (Allah) said: {Or the like of him (Uzair) who passed by a town, and it had fallen down upon its roofs; he said: How shall Allah give it life after its death? So Allah caused him to die for a hundred years, then raised him to life. He said: How long have you remained? He said: I have remained a day, or a part of a day. Said He: Nay! You have remained a hundred years} (2:259)" So do not cast doubt, O' Ibn al-Kawwaa, on the power of Allah, to Whom belong Might and Majesty." - Bihar alAnwar by AlMajlisi, v53, p72, Hadith #72
  • Zurara narrated: I asked Imam al-Baqir (as) if death and being slain are the same. The Imam (as) replied: "Allah has differentiated between dying and getting killed in Quran. Then He (as) recited {Then if he dies or is slain} (3:144) and {And if indeed you die or you are slain, certainly to Allah shall you be gathered together} (3:158) ... and also {Surely Allah has brought from the believers their persons and their property for that they shall have the garden; they fight in Allah's way, so they slay and are slain, a promise on this which is the truth} (9:111) and also {Every soul will taste the death} (21:35). Don't you see that the one who is killed (by weapon) does not taste the death? He who is killed by sword is not like the one dies in bed. Thus (concluding the above verses) whoever (among believers) is killed should return to this world till he die (natural death). - Bihar Al-Anwar by AlMajlisi, v53, p65, Hadith #58
  • Abdurrahman Ibn Qasir narrated that Imam al-Baqir (as) recited the verse: {Surely Allah has bought from the believers their persons...} (9:111)" and then said: "Do you know what it means?" He (as) then continued: "Anyone among the believers who was killed will be resurrected till he dies, and anyone among them who died (a natural death) will be resurrected till he is killed. And this is the power of Allah, so do not deny it." - Bihar alAnwar by AlMajlisi , v53, p74, Hadith #73
  • Imam al-Baqir (as) said: "For every believer there is a death and martyrdom." - Bihar Al-Anwar by Al-Majlisi , v53, p64, Hadith #55
  • Faydh ibn Abi Shabeeh narrated: I heard Imam al-Sadiq (as) recited this Verse {and when Allah took the covenant of the prophets} (3:81) and said: "All the prophets believe in the prophet of Allah [Muhammad] (sawas) and give victory to Ali (as)" and then said: "Yes, and Allah resurrects [brings back to world] again all the prophets, which he sent from the time of Adam (as) until the last prophet [Muhammad] (sawas), so that they fight along with the commander of the believers." - Mukhtasar Basairo Al-Darajat p 26
  • Further, on the commentary of the verses {Nay! You shall soon know. Thereafter nay! You shall soon know.} (102:3-4) Abdullah Ibn Najih narrated that: Imam al-Sadiq (as) said: "The first instance refers to al-Karra (return to this world) and the second instance refers to the Day of Judgment." Source: Bihar Al-Anwar by Al-Majlisi, v53, p120, Hadith #156
  • Muhammad Ibn Abdullah al-Hussein narrated: My father asked Imam al-Sadiq (as): "What do you say about al-Karra (return)?" He (as) said: "I say what Allah, to Whom belong Might and Majesty, said and sent its interpretation to the Messenger of Allah... Allah, to Whom belong Might and Majesty, said: {They say: That is then a return with loss} (79:12). This is when they will return to this world (and will be punished) while the revenge from them would not expire (i.e. it is a return with loss since their punishment in this world will not suffice their punishment in the hereafter." - Bihar Al-Anwar by Al-Majlisi, v53, p46, Hadith #17

There is a "Raja" in every age

Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) said:

"The Raj’a world is not a different world than this world, we are now in the Raj’a (Return) and in every age there was a Raja in it, and Raj’a has not stopped since. But this time it is particularly special and will not repeat again, because all the Prophets and Messengers and Vicegerents and Pure ones are gathered now." - Black Banners Episode 9

Therefore this return - in these End Times we are living - is not the Resurrection of the Day of Judgment, or the resurrection (Raja) which the 12er Shia expect to take place right before the end of this world. Rather it is a return in the time of the Qaim (as) and the Minor Resurrection.

Ahadith and quotes that prove that the Return (Raja’a) occurs in many rounds

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In the narration below there is a clear indication that the return of our souls to this world many times is a truth...

  • AbdulKareem ibn Amr Alkhath’ami said: I heard that Imam al Sadiq (as) said: Iblis said to Allah: {He said: my Lord! Then respite me till the time when they are raised} (15:36) and Allah (swt) did not accept his request and said: {He said: so surely you are of the respited ones till the day of the Known Time.} (15:37-38). So when the day of the Known Time comes Iblis, may Allah curse him, and all his followers since the creation of Adam (as) till that day, appear. That time will be the last Return (Raj’a / karra) of the Commander of the Believers.
    So I said to Aba Abdillah (as): "And is it Rounds?" So he (as) said: "Yes, it is Rounds and Rounds, and indeed there is no Imam in a century except that righteous and the immoral return with him during his age, so that Allah make the believer victorious over the disbelievers. So if the day of the Known Time comes, the Commander of the Believers (as) will return among his companions, and Iblis comes among his companions, and their appointment will be in a land from the lands of the Euphrates which is called 'Al-Rouha' which is close to your Kufa. So they will fight a fighting which no one has fought like it since Allah the Almighty created the worlds. It is as if I am looking at the Commander of the Believers (as) that he goes hundred steps back, and it is as if I am looking at them while some of them have reached the Euphrates, at that moment [the manifestation of] Allah the Almighty the Glorious {in the shadows of the clouds with the angels [as well] and the matter is [then] decided} (2:210) and the promise will be fulfilled; and the Messenger of Allah (sawas) has a bayonet of light in his hand, so if Iblis looked at him (sawas), he will return backing down turning on his heels. So his companions say to him: Where are you going while you are victorious? Iblis says: {surely i see what you do not see, surely i fear Allah} (8:48) so the Prophet (sawas) will catch him so he (sawas) will stab him between his shoulders, and such will be the destruction of him and the destruction of all his followers, so then Allah The Almighty The Glorious will be worshipped [truly] and noone will associate partners to Him, and the Commander of the Believers (as) will rule for 44,000 years, until the man from Ali's (as) Shia will have a thousand sons from his loins, and this is when two dark green gardens will appear near/at the mosque of Kufa and what surrounds it, by what Allah wills." - Mukhtasar Basair Al-Darajat p 27
  • Abu Abdillah (as) said about the Raj’a: "Yes, verily, it is rounds and rounds. There is no Imam in a century except that the good one and the bad one return with him in his age so that the believer may become victorious over the disbeliever…" - Bihar Al-Anwar, by Al-Majlisi, V53 P42
  • By Al-Walid bin Sabih by Abi Abdillah (pbuh), he said: "I entered upon him one day so he handed over to me clothes and said: O Walid return it to its folded state, so I worked between his hands, so Abi Abdillah (pbuh) said: May Allah have mercy on Al-Mualla bin Khanis, so I thought that he was resembling me working between his hands to Al-Mualla bin Khanis working between his hands. Then he said to me: Woe to this world woe to this world, this world is an abode of tribulation that Allah has empowered his enemies on his successors in, and after it is an abode that is not like that. So I said: may I be your ransom where is that abode? He said: It is here, and he pointed with his hand to the earth." – Mukhtasar Basair Al-Darajat, pg 49
  • Sheikh al-Sadooq narrates the questioning of Al-Mamun Al-Abbasi to Imam Al-Rida (pbuh) in a long narration, it is said: "… and Al-Mamun said: O father of Al-Hassan what do you say about the return? Al-Rida (pbuh) said: It is a truth and was present with the past nations and the Quran spoke of it and the Prophet of Allah (pbuh) has said that this nation shall have all what the past nations had the example of 'sandal by sandal and arrow by arrow'…" – Uyoon Akhbar Al-Rida (pbuh), vol 1 pg 218
  • Muhammad ibn Al-Tayyar said that Abu Abdullah (as) said regarding the verse {And the Day when We will gather from every nation a group} [Holy Qur’an 27:83]: "None of the believers were killed except that they return so that they die, and none of the believers died except that they return so they be killed." - Bihar Al-Anwar page 40 volume 53
  • Abu Hamza Al-Thimali narrated that Abu Ja’far (as) said in a Hadith about the Raj’a: "…so how amazing it is that dead people will be resurrected alive by Allah, time after time, while they had carried their swords, striking with them the heads of the tyrants/oppressors and their followers. Until Allah fulfills what He has promised them…" - Mukhtasar alBasa’ir 120/99 - Door of “The Rounds”
  • Asem ibn Humayd narrated that Abu Ja’far Al-Baqir (as) said: "The Commander of the Believers (as) said:
    Verily Allah The Blessed The Exalted, the One, The Indivisible, He made Himself singular in His oneness, then He spoke a word, so it became a light, then He created Muhammad sawas from that light [...] so how amazing! And how could I not be amazed from dead people whom Allah will resurrect alive, they will respond, a group after a group, with the response "at your service at your service O caller of Allah". They will walk in the paths of Kufa, carrying their swords on their shoulders, in order to strike with them the heads of the tyrants/oppressors and their followers, from the tyrants/oppressors of the first ones and the last ones! Until Allah fulfills what He has promised them in His (swt) saying: {Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them Succession upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them, and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has preferred for them, and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me} [Holy Qur’an 24:55]. Meaning worship Me while feeling safe, they do not fear anyone from my servants, they do not have Taqqiyyah.
    And verily, for me is the round after the round, and the Raj’a (the return) after the Raj’a, and I am the companion/owner of the Raj’as and the Rounds." - Al-Bihar v53 p47 door 29 hadith 20; Mukhtasar Basa’ir alDarajat p32-33
  • The Commander of the Believers Imam Ali (as) said: “By The Sender of Muhammad and Abraham! I will kill the people of Sham by you several killings, and what killings these will be!
    By my right and glory, verily, I will kill the people of Siffin by you seventy killings! And I shall return to every Muslim a new life, and I shall give him his companion and his killer, until his chest is satisfied [by taking revenge] from him. And I shall kill a thousand man by Ammar ibn Yassir and Uways Al-Qarani! So woe to the oppressors!
    And it will be said: “If only, and how, and where, and when, and from where, and even so.”
    So how will you be if you see the companion of Sham spreading with the saws and cutting with the trowels, then I will indeed make him taste the pain of torment. Verily, have glad tidings, for to me the matter of the creation shall be returned tomorrow . So do not consider what I said to be too much, for we have been given the knowledge of calamities/ deaths and afflictions, and interpretation, and Tanzeel, and the final speech, and the knowledge of disasters and events/ occurrences. So nothing is [hidden] away from us.
    And it is as if I see this one [and he a.s pointed towards his son] coming from Madina to Karbala, and he will be killed while he is thirsty, and there will be men who will be killed between his hands, they have pledged allegiance to him upon the truth. I see things done to them as it is done to camels, the Earth almost swallow the ones who do this to them.
    And if I willed, I would name the ones who will be killed, one by one, and I would name their killers by their names and their mothers’ and fathers’ names. Here they are, they are close to me.”
    Jabir said: "And he (as) pointed with his hand towards them, so we saw before him men with faces which have more light than the moon, their colors change, they are thin, no one is more handsome than them, you do not know from where they came, those are the supporters of the truth...)
    So Jabir said: O my master, where will those ones be?
    So he (as) said: "O Jabir, they will be in the backs of their fathers until the known time (the time of the Qaim (as)), so they will move from the pure loins to the purified wombs… [until he said]… O Jabir, how will you be when the Naqous shouts, [and he pointed to Al-Hussayn (as)], and his light illuminates between his eyes, so he comes forth by his time, with a long longing/ yearning, he shall shake [the Earth] and make it collapse, and the believers will be with him from everywhere.
    By Allah, if I willed, I would name them one by one by their names and the names of their fathers, for they will keep being born from the loins of men and the wombs of women, until the day of the known time!” - Ilzam al-Nasib fi ithbat al-Hujjah al-Gha’eb - by Ali al-Ha’eri - Volume 2 - Page 213, Mashariq Anwar al-Yaqeen - Page 265

The Minor Resurrection in the time of the Qaim vs. The Major Resurrection on Judgement Day

In many narrations from Ahlul Bayt (as), we can see that there are two majorly important Resurrections: The Minor Resurrection which is in the time of the Qa’im (as), and the Greater Resurrection which is 'Judgement Day' after the last death.

Here are some narrations which are pointing to this important matter:

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  • From Muthannah Al-Hannat, from J’afar ibn Muhammad, from his father peace be upon them both, that he (as) said: "The Days of Allah the Almighty are three, the day the Qa’im rises, and the day of the Return (the Raj’a), and the Day of Resurrection." - Ma’ani al-Akhbar by Sheikh al-Sadooq p 366
  • Imam Al-Sadiq (as) said: "What do the people say regarding this verse? {And the Day when We will gather from every nation a group …} (Holy Quran 27:83) So I said: "They say it is about the Day of Resurrection." So he (as) said: "It is not like they say, rather indeed it is about the Raj’a (the Return). Would Allah gather on the Day of the Resurrection one group from every nation and leave the rest?! As for the verse of the Day of Resurrection then this is the following: {And we will gather them and not leave behind from them anyone} (Holy Quran 18:47-48) - Mukhtasar Basir Al-Darajat p41-42
  • It is narrated on the commentary of the verses: {And on the day when We will gather from every nation a group from among those who rejected Our Signs, then they shall be set in arrays. Until when they come, He will say: Did you reject my signs while you could not encompass them in knowledge? Or what was it that you did?} (Holy Quran 27:83-84) Imam al-Sadiq (as) said: "The Signs are the Commander of the Believers (as) and the Imams (as) (after him)... and this is about al-Raj'a." - Bihar alAnwar by AlMajlisi, v53, p53, Hadith #30
  • On the commentary of the verse: {And surely for those who are unjust there shall be a punishment before that, but most of them do not know}(Holy Quran 52:47) It is narrated that: Imam al-Baqir (as) said: "And surely for those who are unjust with regard to the right of family of Muhammad (as) there shall be a punishment before that (i.e. before the Day of Judgment) though most people do not know, and this refers to the punishment in al-Raj'a" - Bihar alAnwar by AlMajlisi, v53, p117, Hadith #144
  • From Jamil ibn Daraj, he said: "I said to Imam al Sadiq (as) about the word of Allah the Almighty the Glorious: {Surely, we shall help our messengers and the believers both in this world and on the day when the witnesses rise.} (Holy Quran 40:51) He (as) said: By Allah this will be in al Raj’a (the Return). Do you not you that many messengers were not helped in this world and were killed, and Imams were killed and were not helped, so that will be in al Raj’a." I said: {listen for the day when the caller will call from a nearby place. On the day when they will hear the shout, in truth that day they will emerge.} (Holy Quran 50:41,42) Imam (as) said: "That is al Raj’a (the Return)" - Mukhtasar Basa'ir alDarajat p18-19
  • Muhammad ibn Salem narrated that Abu Ja’far (as) said about the saying of the Almighty: {Our Lord, You made us lifeless twice and gave us life twice, and we have confessed our sins. So Is there any way to go out?} (Holy Qur’an 40:11) He (as) said: "It has to do with peoples in the Raj’a after death, and it takes place in the resurrection, so woe to the oppressors." - Muntakhab AlBasa'ir 484, Bihar alAnwar v53 p116, Mukhtasar Basa'ir alDarajat p194
  • From Mufaddal, he narrated that Abi Abdillah (as) about the word of Allah the Almighty: {On that day we shall gather a crowd from every nation} (Holy Quran 27:83), said: "There is no one from the believers who were killed except they return to the world and die, and do not return except the ones who have reached the epitome of Faith, and the one who have reached the epitome of disbelief." – Tafsir Qomi v2 p131, Bihar alAnwar v53 p53

You can find the many narrations which clearly show that there is special Return (al Raj’a) of the Pure Ones in the time of Qaim (as) here.

Refutation of the misconception the Illegitimate office spread about the Raja


Raj’a (the return) of the human being is through a new birth to life

Translation of a post by Sayyed Ali al-Ghorayfi علي الغريفي to prove that the Raj’a will be by birth (being born again)

"Many people ask from the Companions of the Black Banners to present a proof that the Raj’a will be by birth.
The fact that the people have started to return to the Hadiths, this is a good thing.
During the age of the Marja’s, the Hadiths were only for the “great ones” of the people. As for the common people, they had submitted their religion to the ones who are specialized in religion, in order that they grant for them to enter Paradise!
And all preference go back to Imam Ahmed Alhassan (as) and his father (as) who have made the people return to the Hadiths of the Ahlul Bayt (as)
But whenever The Abundantly Merciful builds a path, Iblis builds a deceptive path next to it! It is a Sunnah which never changes.
The request of the stubborn ones that we present a decisive proof from the Hadiths of Ahlul Bayt which proves that Raj’a is by birth, might seem a logical request at the first glance according to our incompetent/incomplete minds. But if you look closely, you will find that their request is nothing but a confusion they are attempting to raise.
A question:
If there isn’t a Hadith which contains the details that they are looking for, would that prove that the Raj’a by birth is false?
The sane person must never reject that the Raj’a is by birth just because there isn’t a Hadith which has clear accurate details (as the people of raising confusions desire). And that is due to the following reasons:
1. We are used to the fact that the Holy Qur’an and the Ahlul Bayt (as) do not mention the details of the incidents. Rather, they always mention the incidents in a symbolized manner. The mentioning of the details and the explanation of the symbols are always left for the next Divine Messenger to clarify.
2. The purpose of the symbols in the Qur’an and the Hadiths is to give the Divine Messenger the authority over the people, and this authority is through him revealing clearly the meanings of the Hadiths and Verses.
3. Imagine what the hypocrites would do to the Messengers (as) if all the Hadiths and Verses were detailed very accurately? Even though those hypocrites only have very little knowledge, and even though there are many symbols, and even though the Qur’an prevents them from interpretation, we still find them today filling the world with confusions they raise [because of their own interpretations and wrong understanding].
So imagine if the hypocrites had all the details and all the knowledge, then what would they have done to the Messengers (as)?
4. Is it permissible for us to say that the Maghrib prayer is not three Raka’s, just because this is not mentioned in the Qur’an?
5. Imagine if we actually had come to them with Hadiths which clearly and accurately say that the Raj’a is by birth, what would the hypocrites have said? They would have said "Your Imam did not come with anything new, and he is only taking from the office, he is only copying. Therefore he is not an Imam."
6. If the principle is as they are saying, then the birth of Imam Mahdi (as) more than a thousand years ago is a lie and the Wahabis are right, and that is because there isn’t a Qur’anic verse which mentions that.
7. Whoever requests such Hadiths must prove first that he is an Infallible Imam. Because those with incomplete minds are forbidden to interpret.
Therefore, after what has been presented, whoever asks for such proofs (which is a reflection of Wahabi like requests) is a person who denies the Sunnah of Allah (swt), because he is acting like His enemies and fighting His Awliyaa’, and he does not have any share in the wilayah whatsoever.
The true believer does not start from here. The true believer starts from proving the Imamate of the Messenger.
As for the confusions which could be raised, they are so many, as many as the minds of mankind."


And also the following hadith shows, that the Raj’a is by natural birth (being born again):
The Commander of the Believers Imam Ali (as) said: "...then He created them from a sperm and they were nothing, is a proof of their return as a new creation after perishing, as He created them the first time." - Dua' of The Commander of the Believers (as) in glorifying Allah and praising Him, Al-Sahifa Al'Alawiyya


Let us furthermore ponder on the fb-post by BBS brother وعد الله...

"Raj’a (the return) of the human being is through a new birth to life" post by BBS brother وعد الله


Unexpected behavior due to the influence of a reborn soul

In a Paltalk lecture "The Religion and the truth of the Human's behavior" Sayyed Ali al-Ghorayfi furthermore presented some interesting thoughts on how a soul makes the carrier act in unexpected ways - which is another logical proof for reincarnation of souls.

Conclusion

Reincarnation had always been present with the Muslims under its code name "Raj'a"...

And indeed it had been foretold by Ahlul Bayt (as) that the interpretation of the great matter of rajah would come at its time...

Zurarah said: I asked Abu Abdullah (as), meaning Imam Al-Sadiq (as), about these great matters such as the Raj'a (The Return) and its likes, so he (as) said: "Verily, this thing you are asking about, its time has not arrived yet, rather they have denied that which they do not encompass in knowledge and which its interpretation has not yet come to them." - Al-Bihar 40/53

You will surely come to realize that Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (as) is the only one who was able to make sense and harmonize between the following matters: the Mahdis & the Raj’a (return), and the Qa’im & State of the Divine Justice, which are mentioned in...

  • the narrations about the Raj’a (The Return)
  • the narrations about the Mahdis (as)
  • the narrations about the Imams (as)
  • and the narrations about the Rise of the Qa’im (as).

You can read more about the characters who have returned in the End Times here.

And all praise is due to Allah, The Lord of the worlds...

Further Q&A regarding reincarnation

Is it possible to know ourselves and our reincarnations through tools?

QUESTION:
Q.21: "Is it possible to know ourselves and our reincarnations, through tools, such as the place of birth or the positions of the stars and things like this?'"
ANSWER:
Aba Sadiq (as): "Knowing your previous incarnations is part of the test, and for sure there will come a time where every person knows what their hands had put forth. And this is the Minor Judgement.
And you can find out in the following ways:
The father a.s. tells you through me, or through one of the 12."


Q&A from 02.05.2016 with Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan & Aba Sadiq on Paltalk, Link to answer on the mic.

Can I make istikhara to know my incarnation?

QUESTION:
Someone asked: "Can I make istikhara to know my incarnation?"
ANSWER:
Aba alSadiq a.s. says: "No it is not possible."

Someone saw a vision that they are a certain person

QUESTION:
Someone asked: Q.22: "Someone saw a vision that they are a certain person, so what should he do? Should he send it to you in details or what should he do?
ANSWER:
Aba Sadiq (as): "Sometimes there are similarities between the incarnations. In the time of Joseph a.s. his brothers fought him, and in this round also.
And if someone has a vision, he can send it to us through the responsible of his country or one of the Iraq responsibles. If someone is outside iraq and there is no responsible in his place (he can also send to the iraqi responsible)."

Q&A from 02.05.2016 with Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan & Aba Sadiq on Paltalk

Can men reincarnate as women and vice versa?

QUESTION:
"Can men reincarnate as women and vice versa?"
ANSWER:
Answer: "Women incarnate as women, men as men."
- Q&A from 16.05.2016 with Aba Sadiq on Paltalk

Will everyone know their incarnations?

QUESTION:
Someone asked that which means Will everyone know their incarnations, or some of the people will not know?
ANSWER:
Aba alSadiq a.s. says: "Everyone will surely know what their hands have put forth and what they presented, and today is the day of the smaller resurrection and the day of the greater revelation. But as to when each one will know, then this depends on you and your faith, and your submission."
- Q&A from 01.12.2016 with Aba Sadiq (as) on Paltalk as pdf

If someone knew their incarnation, can they fall?

QUESTION:
Someone asked: "If someone knew their incarnation, can they fall?"
ANSWER:
Aba alSadiq a.s. says: "Yes for sure. As I said, the father a.s. does not guarantee in this stage anyone except for the forty and the Mahdis a.s.."
- Q&A from 01.12.2016 with Aba Sadiq (as) on Paltalk as pdf

Is this the last round and do all of us come back whether good or not?

QUESTION:
Someone asked: "Is this is the last round and do all of us come back whether good or not?"
ANSWER:
Aba alSadiq a.s. answers: "Yes everyone have incarnations whether a believer or not, and this is clear by the return of Cain and Pharaoh and and and... And no this is not the last round for everyone, it is the last for some people only.
The person is judged based on all his incarnations, meaning the final result determines.
Whoever does not obey, is in sin.
- Q&A from 01.12.2016 with Aba Sadiq (as) on Paltalk as pdf