As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 6


Angels bring forth the soul of the deceased person

Angels are in charge of taking the souls when the prescribed time of the slave is over. Allah says, 'Say, 'The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls.' Then to your Lord you will return.' [(32): 11]

Imam Ahmad recorded a long Hadeeth from Baraa ibn Azib, which mentions that the angel of death has helpers. Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alahi wa-sallam) said, 'When a believing slave is reaching the end of his term in the life of this world and the beginning of his term in the Hereafter; a group of angels, whose faces are white and radiant as the sun, will descend unto him from heaven. They will carry with them a white shroud from Paradise, and fragrance for enshrouding from Paradise. They will sit as far from him as the sight goes. Then, the angel of death will come until he sits right next to his head, saying, 'O good and pure soul! Depart (your body) to Allah's forgiveness and pleasure.' So the soul flows (out of its body), just as the drop flows out from the tip of the jug, and the angel of death captures it. When he captures the soul, they (the group of angels) will not leave it with him for more than an instance…' Imam Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) quotes Mujahid under the Tafseer of the verse 32:11, 'The earth is brought together for him (i.e., the angel of death) and it is like a platter from which he takes whatever he wants.'

The angels take the souls of the believers with kindness and gentleness (See, Soorah Fussilat (41): 30-31). Whereas they take the souls of the disbelievers and sinners in a harsh and severe manner, with no gentleness or kindness, and giving them the tiding of Hell. (See, Soorah al-An'am (6): 93)

There is no evidence to prove that the name of the Angel of Death is Azraa'eel
Shaikh Ibn Uthaimeen (rahimahullah) said in Fatawa Ibn Uthaimeen (3/161), 'The Angel of Death' is well known by the name Azraa'eel, but this is not correct. Rather, this was narrated from Jewish sources. So we should not believe in this name, and we should call the one who is appointed over death 'the angel of death (Malakul-Mawt),' as Allah called him in the verse, 'Say, The angel of death, who is set over you, will take your souls. Then you shall be brought to your Lord.' [Soorah as-Sajdah (32): 11]’

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