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What is the difference between the soul (ruh) and the self (nafs)?

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The nafs (soul) is understood to be the self, identity and the core of human existence (consciousness, awareness, desires). The ruh (spirit) is regarded as the life-force or the breath of life (as it were), meaning that which allows the being to live. Soul and Spirit are therefore not same thing. The Soul is Nafs. The... Show more >>

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The soul is from Allah and is unchanging. You could call it the spark of life  The nafs is from self, and is ever changing. It is this that you are "developing" in your self-discipline and automatic habits.

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