Mysteries of the Soul Expounded
The subject of this treatise - the nature, essence, and circumstances of the human soul - is fascinating to people of all ages, faiths, and walks of life. It covers the issue of death and what happens after it.
Scholars of various schools of thought differ greatly regarding the nature and essence of the soul (nafs). Is it a part of the physical body or a non-essential characteristic of it? Is it an entity consigned to dwell within the physical body?, or is it an independent essence in itself? Is the nafs the same as the rûh (spirit)? Finally, what happens to the soul upon death? Is it confined to its body and its grave? If not, is it free to move about in the unseen spiritual world and on the earth?
Therefore, in order to arrive at sound dependable conclusions regarding the soul, one must carefully read and analyze the available material and evaluate it according to stringent criteria. This is of utmost importance since it bears directly on one's belief The author says ' In order to fuilfill this desire, I read extensively in this area from ancient texts as well as from the works of modern writers, Islamic and otherwise. During this extensive reading and research, I became convinced that Islaam, the only fully preserved, divinely revealed faith, had the true answers to man’s many questions about the human soul'
By: Abu Bilal Mustafa al-Kanadi