Studies Center: Angel of Death (Izrail) Hi all readers! In this article I will quote a interesting story about angel of death (Izrail) who will revoke unbeliever’s souls and hypocrites’s souls. We will get many benefits that we will get if we are able to understand this story very well.
In the book “Daqaa’iqu al-Akhbaar fii Dzikri al-Jannati wa an-Naar” it is explained, that if the unbeliever and the hypocrite will die, the angels who bring the torment come to him from his left side. Their faces are black and their eyes are blue. They brought torture clothes. They then sat far away from him until the angel of death came.
If angel of death has come to an unbeliever or a hypocrite who will die, then the angel of death stands before him in a form that is very terrible. Then the person’s soul said, “Who are you and what do you want?” The angel of death said, “I am the angel of death who will take you out of the world. I will make your child orphaned, your wife a widow, and your treasure inherited by your warrior who you do not like when you live. Surely you do not do good for yourself and your hereafter. Today I have come to you to revoke your soul.”
Then the death angel said to the person, “How do you see the world?” The person said, “Really, I see it full of deception and cunning.” Then Allah created the world in a form. The world then said, “O people who are committing! Are you not ashamed because you have sinned in the world and you do not prevent yourself from committing immorality? Surely you have been looking for me and I have never looked for you. You do not distinguish halal and haram. You think that you will not leave the world. Indeed, I am free from you and from your actions.”
The person then sees his property that has belonged to someone else. His character then said, “O people who are mocked! You have got me in a way that is not right, you did not infuse me, and you did not give me to the needy and the people were sick. Indeed, today I have belonged to someone else. “That is what Allah means in His word;
يَوۡمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٞ وَلَا بَنُونَ ٨٨ إِلَّا مَنۡ أَتَى ٱللَّهَ بِقَلۡبٖ سَلِيمٖ ٨٩
The day on which property will not avail, nor sons  Except him who comes to Allah with a heart free (from evil) . (Asy-Syu’araa’ ; 88-89)
The person then said (as explained in the Quran);
حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا جَآءَ أَحَدَهُمُ ٱلۡمَوۡتُ قَالَ رَبِّ ٱرۡجِعُونِ ٩٩ لَعَلِّيٓ أَعۡمَلُ صَٰلِحٗا فِيمَا تَرَكۡتُۚ كَلَّآۚ إِنَّهَا كَلِمَةٌ هُوَ قَآئِلُهَاۖ وَمِن وَرَآئِهِم بَرۡزَخٌ إِلَىٰ يَوۡمِ يُبۡعَثُونَ ١٠٠
Until when death overtakes one of them, he says: Send me back, my Lord, send me back  Haply I may do good in that which I have left. By no means! it is a (mere) word that he speaks; and before them is a barrier until the day they are raised . (Al-Mukminuun ; 99-100).
Allah then said;
وَلِكُلِّ أُمَّةٍ أَجَلٞۖ فَإِذَا جَآءَ أَجَلُهُمۡ لَا يَسۡتَأۡخِرُونَ سَاعَةٗ وَلَا يَسۡتَقۡدِمُونَ ٣٤
And for every nation there is a doom, so when their doom is come, they shall not remain behind the least while, nor shall they go before. (Al-A’raaf ; 34).
Then the angel of death revoked soul of man. If he is a believer, he will get happiness. But if he is an infidel or a hypocrite, he will suffer. Allah said;
كَلَّآ إِنَّ كِتَٰبَ ٱلۡفُجَّارِ لَفِي سِجِّينٖ ٧
Nay! most surely the record of the wicked is in the Sijjin. (Al-Muthaffifiin ; 7).
That is a brief explanation of Angel of Death (Izrail). May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!
Abdurrahim bin Ahmad al-Qadli, Daqqa’iqul Akhbaar fii Dzikri al-Jannati wa an-Naar, al-Haramain Publishing, Surabaya, Indonesia, p. 6.