The Angel Of Death in Islam

The Angel Of Death by Sheikh Ahmed Ali


From the Hadith of Tamim Al-Dari, that the angel of death goes to this dying man in most awful of form which anybody has ever seen, it has 12 eyes, it brings with it, the angel of death brings with him a forked iron rod made out of fire, five hundred angels black of face, and these angels do not bring the sweet smelling flower as they did with the Believers, they bring with them copper embers of the fire of hell and they bring whips made out of fire, this is how the angel of death and his army comes to this dying person.

Once Sayyidina Ibrahim (AS) asked the angel of death: Show me the form you come at the time of taking out a good soul and at the time of taking out a bad soul, he first asked: Show me the form you come at the time of taking out a good soul, angel of death said: Turn your face away, the angel of death change its form, when Ibrahim (AS) looked at the angel of death, he saw a very handsome young man, beautiful face, his face has nose, white clothes and with a beautiful smile, then Sayyidina Ibrahim (AS) said to the angel of death: That if a Believer is deprived of every blessings, every pleasures at the time of his death, just you coming in this beautiful and very handsome form is an add form compensation, then Sayyidina Ibrahim (AS) said: Show me the form you come when you take the soul of a Kaffir (of a Non Believer), the angel of death said, Oh Ibrahim, you will not be able to bare to see me in this form, Ibrahim (AS) insisted, the angel of death said yet again: Turn your face away for a short while and the angel of death changed its form, what do Ibrahim (AS) sees?, he sees a man black of face, its feet in dunya (earth) and its head in the heavens, with the most awful of smells coming from him, fire leaking from his nose and coming out of his mouth, his body is full of hairs, each with fires coming out of his ears and coming out of his nose and his mouth, when Ibrahim (AS) saw the angel of death in this form he could not bare it and Ibrahim (AS) fainted, when he came around, the angel of death has changed its form and he said to the angel of death: If there's no punishment for the Kaffir (of a Non Believer) at the time of his death, Oh angel of death, your coming in this form is a sufficient cause of death.

The great Imam Al-Qurtubi says, that I've been informed that all the angels fear the angel of death more than one of you fears a lion, fear the beast. The angel of death comes to him (the Non Believers) in this form, fire coming out of his nose, fire coming out of his mouth, black of face, with a forked iron rod in his hand made out of fire, accompanied by five hundred angels black of face, with copper embers of fire and whips of fire, and when they come to this dying person, they do not greet him as was the case with the Believers, the angel of death strikes him with his forked iron rod, he gives him such a beating, that he pierces the body and the forked enter every vain and every joints, and then the angel of death begins to twist it and turn it while its inside his body. The angel of death will turn this fork iron rod inside his body so he feels the pain and then he will begin to take out his soul, beginning from his toes and he will stop it at his feet, and the angels that came with him, and the angels that came with him will beat him (the Non Believers) with the whips of fire that they have brought with them, then the angel of death will begin to take out the soul from the ankles and stop at his knees,  and the angles will beat him (the Non Believers), and then he will take it out from his knees to his waist, and the angles will beat him (the Non Believers), then from his waist to his chest, and the angles will beat him (the Non Believers) and he will keep on stopping at every joints so that the body feels more pain, then they will place the embers of fire on the copper under his neck and the angel of death will say: Oh cursed soul , come out to the fire of hell, come out to a place where there is scorching winds, scalding waters and shadow of black smoke, which is not cool nor refreshing.

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