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


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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, 2018 at 17:42

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