Some deny the existence of the spirit but Islam tells us that it is really only the spirit that lives in man and makes us who we are. The spirit is more important than our mind or body. We are not our body or mind rather the spirit as it is our spirit that existed before we came into this world i.e. before our body and mind existed. The body is a container of life but real life is the spirit. The container may disappear but the spirit will live on. The ruh (spirit) has a long journey and this brief sojourn on earth is extremely transient as compared to the great expanse of time before and after (this life). This is why we are told again and again that we are merely travellers on earth and that this life is not everything. When we begin to devote ourselves to our body and mind at the detriment to the spirit, we will begin to perceive our whole existence being only for this brief life on earth. This will lead us to miss the greater picture of life beyond this fleeting journey on earth.
[This excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2014].