The Prophet Muhammad, Reincarnation, and the Coming of Al Mahdisam
by Amin Ahmed Khalil
There is an expectation in the Muslim world that at the end of time a savior will appear, akin to the Christian Messiah, who will be called Al Mahdi, the Rightly Guided One. It will not be his mission to found a religion, for that is the duty of a prophet, but to “purify” Islam. We do not know exactly what this purification will entail, but Muslims usually believe that it will involve a return to the uncorrupted teachings of the Koran and a global adherence to Sharia law.
Of course, not all Muslims believe in Al Mahdi or expect him to come, any more than Christians universally expect that Jesus will actually come again. It is only the fundamentalist or “literalist” Christian churches that believe that Bible prophesies will be literally fulfilled. In Islam, it is often the Shiite sects that expect Al Mahdi, but they are unlike fundamentalists in that they add a body of esoteric lore to a basic scriptural teaching.[ad name=”AdSense Responsive”]
Theosophy is certainly not a fundamentalist Christian church, but many Theosophists, like the fundamentalist Christians and the Shiites, expect a Great Person to come in the last days. For the Theosophist, however, the term “last days” does not mean the end of time but the end of the Age of Pisces. A kind of theosophical fervor began in the early 20th century in anticipation of the new Age of Aquarius, which resulted in the claim, by certain individuals, that they actually met the Christ in the person of Maitreya, a Bodhisattva and the so-called Future Buddha. It is characteristic of Theosophy that it mixes and combines, in this manner, the teachings of widely differing religions in its doctrines. But although that practice may seem intellectually irresponsible, men of great intellectual capacity have represented the theosophical cause.
One of the most interesting of the movements involving Maitreya was the Order of the Star, founded by Charles W. Leadbeater, Annie Besant, and Jiddu Krishnamurti in the 1920s. A very young Krishnamurti had been trained to become the “vehicle” for Maitreya, who was to “overshadow” the youth. It was Leadbeater’s teaching that Maitreya had overshadowed Jesus in ancient Palestine, and was responsible for the words of Christ in the gospels. The Order of the Star came to an abrupt end in 1929 when Krishnamurti renounced his role and repudiated the theosophical belief in spiritual Masters and “Mahatmas”, including Maitreya.
When I first read about this event in a biography of Krishnamurti I believed that he was correct in his decision, for the idea that one spiritual Master could overshadow another seemed unlikely and uncanny. I did not know, at the time, that for many years I myself had been overshadowed, or at least profoundly affected, by a soul different from my own and far more advanced. The influence of this soul persisted for decades before she—for it was a woman—revealed her presence and her identity to me, a year and a half ago.
One of the cardinal tenants of Theosophy is reincarnation, so it should not surprise my reader to learn that the Person who overshadowed me in the way described by Leadbeater had completed a long series of lifetimes before “coming down” to me. In one of her most interesting and important lifetimes she was someone who is very dear to Muslims. But almost all Muslims, with the exception of a few Sufi masters and their students, repudiate the doctrine of reincarnation. They will not be happy when I tell them that it was the first wife of Muhammad, Khadija bint Khuwailid, who overshadowed me. In her final incarnation (as she informed me) she was born as Bhairavi Brahmani, the tantric teacher of the 19th century Bengali saint Sri Ramakrishna. But she had also been the respected Sufi poetess Rabi’a al Basri in the 9th century. I do not know if that will make my story more palatable to the average Muslim.
Many Westerners do not know that the Prophet Muhammad actually had a monogamous marriage with his first wife, for Khadija and Muhammad enjoyed a mutually exclusive relationship for 24 years, from 595 to 619 CE, when she died of old age. Their union has been described as a true love story. Theosophists will find it interesting that Muhammad and Khadija were soul mates of a special kind called “twin flames”. The modern belief in twin flames is derived from the teaching of Plato in the Symposium that the human being was originally both male and female, and was only later divided into two halves with different genders. The twin flames are supposed to be these halves.
The marriage of Muhammad and Khadija in Arabia was not their first, for the Prophet of Islam had been the Prophet Zarathustra in an earlier reincarnation, and Khadija had been his beloved Hvovi. Their love story did not end in Mecca, for the two appeared together again as Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion, and his wife Mata Sulakhni. After his life as Nanak, Muhammad ascended to God. Khadija likewise ascended and joined her husband Muhammad in paradise about a year ago, after acting as my mentor for several months.
How ironic it is that Muslims at various times in history have persecuted Zoroastrians and Sikhs, when the Teacher of those peoples was none other than their own Arabian Prophet, quietly aided by his wife, always the same beloved woman. She was the “Mother of the Faithful” more than once. In a sense she could be said to be the Mother of Islam itself, for she was Hagar, the mother of Ismail.
It was Allah’s will that at the end of the age the Rightly Guided One would be a woman, a feminine counterpart of Muhammad, and no one else but Khadija. Only she would not seem to be a woman. She was supposed to deliver her teaching through me, a man, because the Muslim world would accept a man. I was to be her Krishnamurti. The process of overshadowing may seem strange to those who are unfamiliar with it, but in no way was I a kind of medium, and I never entered a trance. Khadija was simply present to me and would talk with me while I was taking a walk or doing the dishes. But ultimately Al Mahdi did not appear to the world.
I did not bring the project to an end the way that Krishnamurti did—I neither disbelieved in Khadija nor rejected her. She left her work as Al Mahdi undone because she found exposure to the 21st century world to be extremely painful, for she had always been very sensitive. As she prepared to fill the role of Al Mahdi she became acutely aware of freeway traffic, television, computers, oil refineries, neon lights, and shopping malls, with loud noises everywhere. As she drew closer to us she felt the agony in every instance of warfare, devastation, torture, disease, and starvation announced in the public media. I could not shield her, and Allah could not protect her except by withdrawing her from active duty. Allah permitted a very tired Khadija to return to Muhammad, and after completing her ascension she was united with him. Overshadowing has as its purpose the protection of a soul that can no longer incarnate in the physical world because of its “excessive” holiness and purity. I am sorry that I could not protect the rarified soul that was in my care, as I was in her care. I never actually watched television and rarely listened to the radio, but the modern world was unavoidably present.
The coming of Al Mahdi was aborted despite the appearance in the world of others who claim to be Rightly Guided. Immediately after Khadija left me I felt very “flat” and uninteresting. She had accompanied me through life for almost 40 years and had given me an extra “dimension”. I do not claim to be Al Mahdi, for it is obvious to everyone who meets me how ordinary I am. I am not the large rudder that could steer the ship of Islam, but like many others among a growing body of intellectuals and freedom-loving Muslims, a small rudder that may eventually turn the ship a little. Khadija and her husband Muhammad remain close to us as Ascended Masters, ready to work with us to reform Islam.
About the author:
Amin Ahmed Khalil would just be an ordinary computer technician if it were not for his extraordinary inner life. An ardent theosophist and a disciple of the Ascended Masters, he is familiar with a wide range of human thought, from Carl Jung’s Analytical Psychology to Islam. Always a student of world history and world culture, he hopes to complete his education at U.C. Riverside, which has an excellent program in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. He writes a blog for progressive Muslims. His website is www.newkindofmuslim.com