Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters,

I am quite curious about the body - soul relationship in human beings. What I wanted to know is :

Can the soul have senses (see, hear, smell, etc.), speak, or move on its own without a body for it to use? Can it think for itself?

Does it depend on the body for such things?

Is the soul self aware/conscious of itself when separated from the body?

If its possible, please provide sources from the Quran, hadiths, or works of muslim scholars.

Jazakhallah khair


The questions you ask about ar-rūḥ (soul, Arabic: الروح) are similar to the questions that the Prophet ﷺ was asked, and Allah addressed similar questions in the Qur'an:

وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَنِ الرُّوحِ ۖ قُلِ الرُّوحُ مِنْ أَمْرِ رَبِّي وَمَا أُوتِيتُم مِّنَ الْعِلْمِ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about the soul. Say, "The soul is of the affair of my Lord. And mankind has not been given of knowledge except a little."

— Surat Al-Isra' 17:85

We do not know and no one was given this type of knowledge. Only Allah knows.

  • Thank you for the answer. I guess we could ask for that knowledge from Allah in the hereafter if we manage to pass this test. Inshallah. Jun 13 '18 at 17:42

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