Knowing Yourself

We are comprised of two components: the physical body and the soul. The soul is the secret of our life. The body is created and the soul is entered into it. Once the soul enters, the different bodily organs start functioning and likewise when the soul is taken away, the body stops functioning.

The Arabic word that is most often used to refer to the soul is ruh, although the word nafs (self) is also sometimes used. The word ruh is also used to refer to the Angel Jibreel and to the Quran, but it is also understood to refer to the human soul.

Further Resources

The Islamic View on the Human Psyche

[Video] The Path to Self Awareness

Foetus and Soul

Soul of Deceased

The Soul During Sleep

Three Stages of Nafs

Understanding life before birth in Islam

[Video] Primordial Nature (Fitra) of Human Beings – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Part I)

[Video] Learning To Be Human – Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah & Dr. Hamza Yusuf (Part II)