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How Long Does A Soul Stay In The Body?

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Well, I mean when you die, your soul still stays attached to the body doesn't it? I've heard when your body dies, your soul still lingers in it or over it for a certain period of time.

ohhhh as in stays with your body not in your body well yeh ive herd it stays with your body like around it until its actually buried , so while the body is being washed and prepared for burial the soul is wondering around it, well thats what i have herd atleast....

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As per the book "Hereafter (Ma'aad)" by: Ayatullah Dastghaib Shiraazi

What is Death?

Shifting of the lamp from one place to another place. For instance, suppose there is a hut having many holes. If a lamp is placed in it, its light would be emitted through those holes. But as soon as that lamp is moved out of that hut it will make the hut dark. Similarly, so long as the lamp of soul remains in the body it manifests its existence known through the light, which comes out from limbs like eyes and ears etc. But as soon as this lamp of soul is removed from the body, all its manifestations also cease and the body becomes dark. This is Death. This was just and explanatory example. Otherwise ...


It must be understood that the relation between the soul and the body is not by way of Hulool (penetrative migration). It is not like the entrance of water in a utensil or of air in vacuum. It also cannot be said that it remains out of body or it goes out of it at the time of death because soul is essence, not matter. There is no question of its entering or vacating. The only thing is that its relation with body is such that it remains fully attentive to the body. Death disconnects this relation.

It is also obligatory for us to believe that death occurs by the command of God. The same Power, which had, established this relation in the womb, at the last moment of the worldly life, disconnects this relation between the body and soul. Only He is the bestower of life and death. The Holy Quran says,

God gives life and only God causes death also. (39:42)

Some common people are very angry with Izra'eel (The angel of death). They do not even like to hear his name. They even condemn him though they know that these angels do not do anything of their own wish or authority. They have been employed by the Lord of the Universe and hence do everything by His order or command.

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Interesting question. I read somewhere that the soul stays within the body till after the burial similar to what muslimah1 outlined, however not sure about the wondering around it part.

Also I read that the soul is situated in our spine. Here's a link that I found just now give it a read if you wish, however this isn't the one I read: http://www.noorenabi...h-and-grave.php. So I think the reason for it being situated in our spine (if it truly is) is that some individuals die in tragic ways for example if you are eaten by a shark then there are usually no remains of your body left.

Please remember this is all from my memory and its vivid.

Edited by Dawud1UK

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