As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 6

 

Do Angels also Die?

The angels die as humans and jinn die. This is stated clearly in the verse, 'And the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth will swoon away, except him whom Allah Wills. Then it will be blown a second time and behold, they will be standing, looking on (waiting).' [Soorah az-Zumar (39): 68] The angels are included in this verse, because they are in the heavens. Ibn Katheer said in his commentary on this verse, 'this is the second Trumpet-blast*, the blast which will cause all creatures to fall unconscious. This will cause all living beings in the heaven and on earth to die, except for those Allah wills, as is clearly stated in detail in the famous hadeeth about the Trumpet. Then he will take the souls of those who are left, and the last one to die will be the angel of death. Then only the Ever-Living, Self-Sustaining will be left, Who was the first, and Who Alone will be the Last, Everlasting and Eternal. He will say, 'Whose is the Sovereignty today?' three times, then He will answer Himself by saying, 'It is Allah's, the One, the Irresistible.' [Soorah Ghafir (40): 16]'

Another verse, which indicates that the angels will die, is 'Everything will perish save His Face.' [Soorah al-Qasas (28): 88] Will any of them die before the Trumpet is blown? We do not know the answer to that, and we cannot discuss it, because there is no text that can give us a positive or a negative answer.
[See, Aalam al-Malaai'kah al-Abrar by Shaikh Umar al-Ashqar]

* Ibn Katheer is of the view that there will be three blasts of the Trumpet


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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