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Human: Body &/or Soul
By:Shazia Beenish, NZ
Date: Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:47 am


Human: Body or Soul?

Who are we? Are we our body or are we our soul or is it a combination of the two? Do we have an existence independent of our body? When we die, do we leave the body, or does life leave us? Who is the I we are so fond of? What are we made of? What do the scriptures say?

The Bible and The Quran both inform us that we are made of dust:

[Bible, Genesis 3:19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

[Al-Quran, ar-Rum 30:20] And among His Signs (is) that He created you from dust then behold! You (are) human beings dispersing.

We all know that we have a body that is composed of earthly materials. Religious people generally believe that they are a SOUL that is temporarily staying in the body. Atheists do not believe in the existence of a SOUL.
Jews, Christians and Muslims (People of the Book) shroud and bury the body of their dead. Hindus (Polytheists) burn their dead and crush the remaining bones into dust.

From the Bible, we learn that the prophets Jacob and Joseph were concerned about their body after their death, and asked for it to NOT to be left in Egypt. From a saying attributed to Prophet Muhammad, we learn that breaking the bone of a dead person is similar to breaking the bone of a living person.

The Quran clearly warns against changing the creation of Allah, especially humans:

[Al-Quran 30:30] So set your face to the religion upright.
Nature (made by) Allah (upon) which He has created mankind [on it].
No change (should there be) in the creation (of) Allah.
That (is) the religion the correct, but most men (do) not know.

The following explores the concepts as stated in the scriptures, with focus on the Quran and referring to the Bible, so as to get some clarity on the subject. The correct understanding of this concept is very important, as it concerns the permissibility, as well as the ethical and moral issues regarding abortions, organ harvesting and transplants, final rites of the deceased, genetic modification of the living, crossbreeding, building chimeras, and so on.

For Muslims, Quran is the final revelation and the decisive word. Furthermore, the original Arabic text is preserved in pristine condition, in written form and orally, committed to memory in the minds of the huffaz. The Quran itself claims that it is explained in detail. As we refer to the prior scriptures and the hadith of Prophet Muhammad, the correct understanding must be based on what the Quran states directly or endorses indirectly. We need to explore the text in detail lest we harm ourselves for an eternity.

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Human: Body or Soul?
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