Five angels come to a person when he is in the throes of death

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Is the following proven from sahih Hadith?

The Angels of Death:

“When the son of Adam is in sakarat (the throes of death) Allah sends to him five angels:

As for the first angel, it comes to him when his soul is in his throat, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Adam! Where is that body of yours that had been so strong in the Dunya? How weak it is today. Where is that fluent tongue you had? How silent it is today. Where are all of your friends and family? How alone you are today.

As for the second angel, it comes to him after his soul has been taken and shrouded in a kafan, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Adam! Where is the riches you had prepared for the time of poverty? Where are the buildings you prepared to save yourself from desolation? Where are the friends you made to save yourself from loneliness?

The third angel comes to him after his Janazah Salah has been performed and he is being carried towards his grave on the shoulders of people, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Adam! Today you will be travelling such a very long journey, that you have never in your life travelled a journey as far as this. Today you will be visiting a people you have never visited before this. Today you will be entering such a place that, you have never ever entered a place more constricted than it. If you are successful with the Pleasure of Allah, then glad-tidings to you; woe and destruction be to you if you return with the Anger of Allah.”

The fourth angel comes to him once he has been placed in his grave and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Adam! Yesterday, you used to walk on the face of this earth. Today you are lying within it. Yesterday, you used to be laughing on its surface. Today, you are crying inside of it. Yesterday, you were perpetrating sin after sin on the face of this earth. Today, you are inside of it, regretting.”

The fifth angel comes to him after his grave has been filled, after his friends and family have left and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Adam! They have buried you and left you. Even if they had stayed by you, they would not have been able to benefit you. You used to amass wealth in the dunya, now you have had to leave it for others. Today you will be going either to a lofty Jannah, or to a fiercely blazing Fire.”



‘Allamah Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullah) has cited this narration without a chain.

(Bahrud Dumu’, pg. 69/70)


I have not come across the complete chain and can therefore not verify the authenticity.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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