As a young boy in Lebanon, Nazih Al-Danaf had the ability to recall the life of an armed bodyguard who died by assassination. This case was investigated by Erlendur Haraldsson, a professor of psychology at the University of Iceland.
As a young boy in Lebanon, Nazih Al-Danaf had the ability to recall the life of an armed bodyguard who died by assassination. This case was investigated by Erlendur Haraldsson, a professor of psychology at the University of Iceland, and deserves attention because there are many details that were later verified to be accurate. The bodyguard’s widow and children are convinced that Nazih is their reincarnated husband and father.
Followers of the Druze faith are heavily concentrated in Lebanon but also live in Syria, Jordan and Israel. Most authorities consider the creed to be a sect of Islam, dating back to the 11th century, although some consider it an independent religion-religion. The Druze people believe in scriptures that are different from orthodox Islam and do not follow the five basic tenets of Islam. About 10% of Druze people undergo religious learning and initiation through their esoteric scriptures, often in old age; they then devoted themselves to a life of moderation and virtue, and nicknamed them ‘Sheikh’ for men or ‘Sheika’ for women. The Druze scriptures draw from the teachings of the Greek philosopher Plato, who wrote about reincarnation as an authentic phenomenon and in other books.
Regeneration is a philosophy of the Druze faith and ‘past life memories of children’ are believed to be more reliable than elsewhere, giving the Druze a rich source of data on reincarnation cases.
Fuad Assad Khaddage
Fuad Assad Khaddage was born in 1925 in Kfarmatta, Lebanon. He has two brothers, Ibrahim and Adeeb. After graduating from school, he worked at an orphanage, then began working for about 30 years at the Druze Center (Dar El Taifeh) in Beirut. He is both the center’s manager and one of the three bodyguards of the city’s Druze community spirit leader. He is loved by many, and those who know him often associate him with ‘qabadai’, a man of courage, strength and honesty. He and his first wife Fida had eight children before divorcing. He had five more children with his second wife, Najdiyah.
On July 22, 1982, three men broke into the center and shot Fuad and two gatekeepers dead. The attackers ran away and were never identified. An autopsy report showed that Fuad was shot twice at close range, one bullet in the head and the other in the major artery in his neck, killing him instantly.
Nazih Al-Danaf was born on February 29, 1992. He was living with his family in Baalchmay, Lebanon, when researcher Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson and his Arabic collaborator and interpreter, Madj Abu-Izzeddin, first approached them after heard about Nazih from another family. Now eight years old, Nazih no longer speaks spontaneously about his former life – as is often the case with children over the age of five – and only speaks when asked. By this time, the boy could only partially recall what he had told him as a child. However, he still remembers his sudden death and talks about being a qabadai.
According to Nazih’s mother, Naaim Al-Danaf, when the boy was only 18 months old, he started speaking in a way that is unusual for a child of his age. He will make statements like: ‘I’m not small, I’m big. I carry two pistols. I carry four grenades. I am qabadai . Don’t be afraid of hand grenades. I know how to use them. I have a lot of weapons. My children are young and I want to go see them’.
Nazih also expressed a desire to go to his former home to get the paperwork related to the money he lent. The boy said to his mother: ‘My wife is prettier than you. Her eyes and mouth are more beautiful’. The boy also said this to most of his sisters, who were all older than him.
Nazih’s mother recalls the boy saying that he had a lot of weapons and that he wanted to take his father to his house and show him. The boy talks about ‘my dumb friend’ who can use a gun with one hand, but can’t use the other.
Of his death, Nazih recounted: ‘Armed people came and shot at us. I also shot them back and killed one person. We were hit by bullets and then taken away by ambulance.” The boy said he remembers being sedated in the ambulance, and pointed to a spot on his arm and said: ‘This is where they put the needle’.
These claims are confirmed by varying numbers of nine other family members – at least one and sometimes even nine. Sabrine, Nazih’s sister, said she had heard him say the name before. Yours is Fuad.
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Nazih’s father, Sabir Al-Danaf, recalled the boy saying that his home was in Qaberchamoun, a small town about 11 miles from where he is now. Sabir had visited the town before but didn’t know anyone there. Nazih insisted on going there, sometimes even threatening, ‘If you don’t take me there, I’ll walk there’.
When Nazih was six years old, his parents finally gave in. On the way as they drove through a road that Nazih said led to a cave. Qaberchamoun is the confluence of six main roads: When they reached the intersection, Sabir asked Nazih which way to go. The boy pointed to a road and told his father to drive along that road until they came to another road, met a fork and went up. At the road that Nazih had described, they turned onto that road but had to stop because the road was steep and slippery due to water on the surface, in front of a young man washing his car, Nazih ran to find the house he had been in before, Sabir followed.
Naaim, Nazih’s mother, and his siblings waited in the car, and in the meantime they asked the man who was washing his car. He is Kamal Khaddage, son of Fuad Assad Khaddage. He recounted his meeting with Dr. Haraldsson later. ‘They asked me if I knew someone who had been shot, they didn’t know his name but he was carrying handguns, grenades and owned a red car. Amazed that the description matched his father, Kamal called his mother, Najdiyah. Nazih and Sabir later joined the group.
Ms Najdiyah said: ‘When Nazih came here, I was picking olives in our garden some distance away. My children yelled at me that there was a boy who said he was their father, and they wanted me to come see if he recognized me. I went to them and told the boy’s mother that my husband had died in the war. When the boy [Nazih] When he saw me, he looked like he knew me, and looked up and down at me. Kamal then said to the boy, “Is she your previous wife?” Nazih was smiling’.
Wanting to check if the boy was really her deceased husband reincarnated, Najdiyah asked Nazih – who built the foundation of the entrance. Nazih answered, correctly, ‘a man from the Faraj family’. Inside, Nazih entered a room with a cupboard, indicating that he had stored pistols and other weapons in it. This is correct, including the location in the cabinet where the weapons are located.
Examining the boy further, Najdiyah asked him maybe she had an accident when they lived in another village. The boy replied that while picking pinecones for his daughter to play, she slipped on plastic and dislocated her shoulder. This happened in the morning, when Fuad’s father Assad was also present. After coming home from work, Fuad took her to the doctor, who put a cast on her shoulder. All these details are correct. Najdiyah asked Nazih how seriously ill their young daughter was; the boy answered correctly: ‘She was poisoned by my medicine and I took her to the hospital’.
Najdiyah also reported that Nazih asked her if she remembered certain events/episodes, such as the family being helped on the way to Beirut by Israeli soldiers charging the battery of their car surname; and the night she locked the door Fuad had to stay out of the house because he was drunk, forcing him to sleep on a rocking sofa. The boy asked to see the barrel in the garden that he had used to teach her how to shoot, this time also recalling correctly.
At the end of the visit, the boy’s extensive knowledge of Fuad’s life convinced Najdiyah and his five children that Nazih was Fuad’s reincarnation.
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Najdiyah reported that she showed Nazih a picture of Fuad, asking who it was. The boy replied, ‘This is me, I used to be big but now I’m small’.
Nazih and his current family then visited Fuad’s younger brother Adeeb, now known as Sheikh Adeeb since he was converted to Druze, at his home in Kfarmatta. Sheikh Adeeb said: ‘I saw a little boy running towards me and saying, ‘come here my brother Adeeb’ and he hugged me. I remember it was winter and Nazih said, “How do you go out like this, put something in your ear.” Then the boy said to me, “I am your brother, Fuad”’. When asked for evidence, Nazih said he gave Adeeb a handgun as a gift, and correctly identified it as a Checki 16, an uncommon model and considered valuable in Lebanon.
Nazih later pinpointed Fuad’s father’s house and Fuad’s first house, making it clear that the wooden ladder in it was made by Fuad. His first wife, Fida, still lives there, and Nazih has correctly identified her as ‘Im Nazih’ (‘Nazih’s mother’) because of her son…