Posted by: believer786 | June 11, 2007

The Human Spirit

What exactly is the human spirit? I have heard about it all my life, but didn’t really understand what it was. Now that I am wiser and have experienced various facets of life and have met people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, I am beginning to understand the concept of the human spirit.

Call it the inner voice, or the part of you that urges you to keep fighting no matter how bad the odds are stacked against you. It is what makes you get back up, time and time again, after you have been dropped to your knees. Historically, this spirit has been demonstrated during freedom fights in India. This spirit has been demonstrated when our Sahaba underwent torture at the hands of the enemies of Islam. Mashallah, their Imaan is so firm, that not even torture was able to dampen their fighting spirit. They withstood all for the sake of Allah.

Unfortunately, the muslims of today don’t seem to have that same level of Imaan today, but we shouldn’t underestimate ourselves. With all the trials and tribulations that Allah tests us with, if we are successful, we grow stronger in Imaan and as a result so does our human spirit. We become resilient to challenges in life.

I like to share a few examples of inspiring human spirits I have encountered in 2006 that simply amaze me. While I was taking a finance course in Northwestern University, I got a chance to get very close to my professor. We actually became buddies and kept in touch even after the class was done with. He had become my mentor and was teaching me the ropes of become a successful wealth manager. One day, I call him up to treat him to lunch and he gives me devastating news – he had cancer. He was only in his 40s. Anyway, I insist on lunch and we talk about what he can do and his options on treatment. For 6 months, he did all he had to do including some specialized Chinese cancer treatment. He seemed to be doing quite well other than his weight loss. When I met him after 6 months, he was cheerful and calm as he always had been. He told me, “Mushir, life is too short to worry about death. I am spending time with my kids and enjoying every moment and frankly do not care about what may come tomorrow.” That right there my friends is the human spirit. He was unshaken. The prospect of death had not rattled him in the least. Wow is all I can say. A few weeks later, I get a disturbing call from a mutual lawyer friend. My professor had passed away. I was so shocked I could not even shed a tear. I had lost my guru.

His jovial, fighting spirit is still alive in my mind and I learned a little something about how strong humans can be. We vastly underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. Life is the best teacher. It forces us to find that inner strength we have and we amaze ourselves with what we can or have achieved.

As if I hadn’t had enough tragedy in 2006, one of my best friends suddenly developed a blood clot. The doctor did not realize what it was at first and just gave him some pain killers. For 3 days, the pain did not subside but got worse. Finally, the doctor realized his folly and announced the need for immediate surgery to remove the clot. Life changes in an instant. I had just seen my friend laughing and having fun just the other day and now, he was in intensive care. The first surgery was successful, unfortunately, the clot had spread to his intestines. They moved him to a better hospital for surgery #2. The doctor gave us the grave word that his chances of survival were very slim because they had to remove 75% of his intestines and it is almost impossible to survive on that.

Day and night we would be by his bedside to give him support. The surgery was done and my friend made it and is walking and running. The doctors are amazed. My friend has an undying spirit. He has a will to live and to strive against all odds. Think Lance Armstrong. It does make a difference.

Allah has rewarded each of us with tremendous potential. Most of us just do not realize it and hence do not capitalize on it. We tend to be satisfied with mediocrity not realizing we are capable of so much more. Some of us are lucky enough to find this hidden strength in us and use it. Some of us are taught the hard way when stressful situations in life force us to rely on our last hope of survival – our human spirit.

You, I, each and every one of us, is strong. Do not underestimate yourselves. Life will kick you down, get right back up. Do not show weakness, you have it in you to fight – trust yourself, trust Allah. You will be truly amazed when you give yourself that chance. Embrace this immense strength and blessing that Allah has endowed on each and every one of us and face challenges in this world with a smile.



  1. […] read this entry a couple of days ago on bro Mushir’s blog, and i just knew i’d be posting it come Wednesday. What exactly is the human spirit?… […]

  2. Good Post.

    I so agree with the conclusion of not underestimating ourselves. I have seen in my personal experience too that whenever I broke out of this loss of confidence trauma and started taking my self seriously, I have been able to enjoy things in a better manner. That helped me out in making my decisions, carrying opinion and fighting out with the unIslamic society rituals, beleives etc.

  3. That was really neat, Mushir! Good to hear that your friend is ok..alhamduLilah!
    Check this out from the movie “Akeelah”.. this is just fabulous: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

  4. Wow Marigold,

    Those are some powerful words. Thank you very much for quoting that, I am feeling much stronger nowadays Alhamdulilah and I feed off of positive energy from strong people and of course through prayers and dua.

    By the way wonderful pictures of you and the family at the wedding mashallah.

  5. Muneeb,

    Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your comment.

  6. Love that quote Marigold! 🙂

  7. Reading that has made me smile…

    Now i know my day will be just fine…


  8. anyone who wantz to chat about our spirits, contact me. God has given me the gift of seeing what goes on while iam asleep and what my spirit does. it even talks and i can hear it.!!! i recently have been having it alot more cuz ive been praying:) write me!

    • I would love to talk to you about the human spirit. I am taking Philosophy right now and our professor wants us to explain everything in a philosophical way, without talking about God. It’s very hard for me to explain anything about the soul or spirit without talking about God. What are your thoughts on that?

    • this is my email: i am very interested in learning about spiritual affairs and would be grateful to know and learn more. please, Vanessa, i can wait to hear from you. thanks

    • Hi Vanessa !
      My human spirit says I must quit my present job and start my living as full time professional gambler at the casino playing american roulette but I have fear that I might regret my self if I fail .Please dream it for me and give me advise.

    • ok first off i just wanna say that god does not exist. and second you sound like your trippin on acid every night you stupid excuse for a human. you are the dumbest mother f**king person on this entire planet and even if there is a god he wasted his power by making a person like you.

  9. Amazing story bro, I am Australian and have no family involved in Muslim / Islamic beliefs, but after experiencing first hand the human spirit I understand more about God and the hidden gifts that lay inside us. I spent time reading the quran after this. The strength that he holds in us waiting for the chance to summon it is amazing and intensely strong. I thank God for the gift of the human spirit and spend a lot of my time now trying to access it more and more, it is so vast and strong that we must ask Allah to bring to the surface more and more of his gifted strength in his spirit that lives not in just the religious but every living human being on this earth today. This world most times brings out of people the ability to “settle” for whatever we have. But with the Human Spirit gifted to all of us we can achieve everything if we just find our own way to access it

  10. sir, everybody know or can experience the presence of spirit,but i really want to know in which form it exist.In HOLY-QURAN ALLAH said ” I created the man from soil”.is human spirit soil or any other particle, or wave?do know it ? if yes pls clear my doubts

  11. I experience my spirit as a feeling of flow in my
    brain. I can feel my thoughts and my spirit is
    that feeling. This started to happen after I prayed
    to God to know more about the spirit. It is a very
    fulfilling experience.

  12. salam iam also understand the fact that we have to be patient but sometimes its so hard.

    When your feeling really low about your personal problems i try so hard to accept allah qadar in my life need some advice to be stronger human being iam weaker then others i feel my burden is so big but when i look around i know that it small. ws

  13. In my understanding our “Human Spirit” is not attatched to any religion or ideas of god or any particular culture. What’s the point of investigating the HUMAN spirit, then immediately refer to god?

    Want to read more?

  14. thank you for posting this. I think it is very true. I am a teen, but I am learning to accept life’s challenges bit by bit, and after reading this post, it seems much easier. It also makes more sense to me on why we have to face them 🙂

  15. I am totally hapy with this and I want t say sorry if you will rather don’t want me to do it but thanks alot cause without this stuff i will not know for sure what is human spirit is all about…

  16. What miraculous miracle has your human spirit done for you in this life? My second question is the same as king sailor!

  17. I am working underground for 10 years were the conditions are so difficult in a way that is hot, ventilation is poor,humidity that result in poor visibility or zero visibility and the target is on my back, fall of groud,injuries everday and management want results and no other choice kids want foot and money therefore I endure cause the people I work with are always putting effort cause of no effort but human spirit bring success to the team.

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