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What is the soul ?

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Salam I originally though that the soul was an immaterial substance, that was given to humans in specific. But according to some people, everything that exists has a soul. The soul is essential for physical existence of everything. The soul is defined as " Existent's esoteric dimension". 


Can someone explain what this means

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1 hour ago, Qasim_Husayn said:

Salam I originally though that the soul was an immaterial substance, that was given to humans in specific. But according to some people, everything that exists has a soul. The soul is essential for physical existence of everything. The soul is defined as " Existent's esoteric dimension". 


Can someone explain what this means

the soul is the thing that drives the brain and body through the brain it is the thing that has desires, makes decisions and gets changed/deformed/affected by actions which God directly and indirectly inspired and affects 

that thing looking out of your eyes and receiving information is your soul, it is the real you so look through your eyes with your heart and say hello to yourself

the brain cant do anything with the information it receives , it doesnt even knwo what it is because God didnt create the brain and taught it the names, He created Adam(PBUH) and taught him the names, so only Adam(PBUH) contains the world and universe and can identify and make decisions on it 

that is the soul, that is the real you

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:bismillah:

On 11/1/2016 at 5:47 AM, Qasim_Husayn said:

Salam I originally though that the soul was an immaterial substance, that was given to humans in specific. But according to some people, everything that exists has a soul. The soul is essential for physical existence of everything. The soul is defined as " Existent's esoteric dimension". 


Can someone explain what this means

Salam, what kind of explanation from what perspective do you want for the "Existent's esoteric dimension". With the soul you do not mean ruh or you mean ruh! 

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On 10/31/2016 at 10:17 PM, Qasim_Husayn said:

Salam I originally though that the soul was an immaterial substance, that was given to humans in specific. But according to some people, everything that exists has a soul. The soul is essential for physical existence of everything. The soul is defined as " Existent's esoteric dimension". 


Can someone explain what this means

"Soul" is a very ambiguous term.  It is best to use a Quranic term. Since you would like to have this discussion within the context of Islam (and what better jargon to use than the one employed by the Quran since the Quran is Islam and Islam is Quran).  

So, do you mean Nafs?  Or do you mean Ruh? 

Now all you have to do is look at the context in which these words are used and your answer will be provided to you!

A translation I prefer for ruh is spirit.  And a translation I prefer for nafs is soul.  

Angels are "disembodied spirits (ruh)".  We have a ruh but it is embodied.  In the Quran it is said that (God breathed into us His spirit).  The combination of both the spirit and our body produces a nafs (or soul).  

 

Hope this makes sense.  

 

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On 10/31/2016 at 9:17 PM, Qasim_Husayn said:

Salam I originally though that the soul was an immaterial substance, that was given to humans in specific. But according to some people, everything that exists has a soul. The soul is essential for physical existence of everything. The soul is defined as " Existent's esoteric dimension". 


Can someone explain what this means

It is a concept from Platonism.  The definition of a soul, in this philosophy, is the substance of what an object is.  To give an example, think of a circle.  Draw a circle.  Is it perfect?  Of course not because there will always be minor imperfections in writing instruments, angles, paper, etc.  But you can still recognize it as a circle.  Why?  Because there exists the soul of the circle, a perfect circle in the immaterial world that we all recognize, and it is by which we compare all circles.

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