First of all, we would like to stress that there is no Qur’anic verse or Prophetic hadith which indicate that after death, we will return to life here in this world. In Islam, the issue of life after death belongs to the realm of the unseen and this unseen world is hidden from our knowledge.
Dr. Muhammad M. Abu Laylah, Professor of Islamic Studies & Comparative Religions at Al-Azhar University, states the following: The Indian doctrine of rebirth is not accepted in Islam. The Qur’an teaches us that Allah initiates every being from the start and that each soul is distinct with certain qualifications and is totally responsible for its own deeds, work, and words.
After death, the souls of man return to Allah and can not enter our own world again, as they are held there until the Day of Judgment in which they will be restored to their bodies, that is, enter their bodies again and come to life to give account to Allah for their works and activities in this worldly life.
Thus, there is no place in Islam and indeed in all Divine religions for rebirth, incarnation, or transformation into another being.
Moreover, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mukhtar Al-Shinqiti, Director of the Islamic Center of South Plains, Lubbock, Texas, adds: The concept of rebirth is not Islamically accepted and nobody will come back to life before the Day of Judgment. There is no need for this cycle of punishment and reward in this life, because the worldly life is meant for tests and work. Judgment will be only in the Day of Judgment.