Does this verse imply reincarnation?

Please help me understand this verse. What does it mean when it says in different forms?

Chapter 56, verses 61-62:

Yusuf Ali’s transaltion:
From changing your forms and creating you (again) in (forms) that ye know not. And ye certainly know already the first form of creation: Why then ye not celebrate HIS praises?

Picthall’s translation:
That We may transfigure you and make you what ye know not.And verily you know the first creation. Why, then, do ye not reflect?

Something very disturbing comes to my mind everyday I go through this verse, something that is in Hindu religion.

You left out the preceding verse that introduces the subject:

“We have decreed death among you, and We are not to be outdone ” (56:60). In other words, God is stating His power to create as He wills. So, a proper translation of these three verses, I suggest, is:

“We have decreed death among you, and We are not to be outdone;
In that We [may] replace you with [creatures] like you, and initiate you in what you do not know.
And you have already known the first creation; if only you remember!” (56:60-62)

The verses do not say that this will happen, it only says that God can do it.

Would that mean He may give our souls different bodies and make them alive after we die?!……….Is this what the verse means? That it is in ALLAH’s power (no doubt). That He destroys us and then resurrects us in froms we know not??

Since He did not tells us, it’s Ghayb (matter of the Beyond) and therefore we cannot know until He tells us on the Day of Resurrection.

The fact that we will be resurrected after turning into bones and dust in the graves is proof that He will initiate us in a new form from the one we ended up with, right?

If the source of your confusion is the doctrine of reincarnation, don’t be confused. The Quran tells us clearly that our souls will stay where the body dies until the Day of Resurrection. Consider the story of Prophet Jonah (Yoonus), peace be upon him. God says that if it weren’t for Jonah’s goodness, “he would have stayed in the whale’s belly until the Day all are resurrected” (37:143-144).

Most of it is clear, except one last thing………….our souls, everyone have one, a distinct one. Is it right from the beginning?? The rooh (spirit) which helps us move around and all. It is ours, right? So, when he dies the rooh stays (his but free) till resurrection???

Actually a sufi minded teacher of mine argued that the number of souls was constant and that when one dies his soul is put into another person/human who is born; like more bodies are created but souls/rooh have been created from Abad (absolute beginning) and that except the prophet’s souls, others are not specifically for one person. That’s what she said.

What was her evidence?

No, there is no evidence that I know of to back up such opinion. What we know for sure is that God has plainly told us, in 17:85, that we cannot know much about the Rooh (soul), thus it is Ghayb (beyond) and it’s therefore futile to try to guess what it is.

I don’t exactly remember. She said someting about a verse which says something like: “We give life and take it then give life and take it……” and something like this. She said the verse mentions this alternation of life and eath six times.

She may be referring to,
“How can you disbelieve in God when you were dead and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you [back] to life, and then to Him you will be returned. ” (2:28)

If so, the verse says that we were naught at first and God gave us life, first in the womb then on earth, then He will cause us to die then He will resurrect us. Nothing about reincarnation.

The part about the first “death” is confirmed in,
“[An angel] said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, for I created you before, while you were nothing.’ ” (19:9)

On the Day of Judgment, all who wish to escape Hell will say,
“Our Lord, You caused us to be dead twice and gave us life twice, and we have confessed our sins. So is there to an exit any way?” (40:11)

So, the straightforward interpretation is that we started out dead, became alive, will die, then will be resurrected.

It’s all very clear now! You explained it nicely. Life twice, death twice. I never thought of that. New knowledge!!

May God reward you well for you help and answer.

Thank you and amen. Glad I was able to help.

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