Death - Are the Souls Around Us?
  • Question:

    Once a person passes away, do we have the presence of their soul around us or has it been taken for good, away from us?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    When a person passes away, the body is discarded in the earth and the soul returns to Allah. The souls reside in a place known as the ‘barzakh’ (a world between the physical and spiritual, between this life and the next life). This is a location regarding which the human has no understanding of. (See: Ibn Majah)

    There is no reference to show that the soul floats around the living, in this world.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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