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Does the Angel of Death Look at every Person Five Times a Day?

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
Is it true that the angel of death looks at every person five times a day?

Answer:

All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May His peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

 The Hadith referred to in the above question is fabricated. It is narrated on the authority of Anas Bin Malik that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “ There isn`t a house by the door of which the Angel of Death doesn`t stand five times per day, so if he finds that the person ran out of food and reached the end of his life, then he would cast the stupor of death on him, then his family members would start crying and lamenting …………etc.” 

This Hadith was narrated by Ibn Wad`daan in the “ Arba`een. “ Al Sayooti said: “ The Wad`daani Ahadith aren`t traceable to the Prophet with such narrations; rather , some of their phrases are true as a kind of warning and advice. They were stolen by Ibn Wad`daan from Zaied Bin Refa`ah who had fabricated them. 

In conclusion, the previously mentioned Hadith is fabricated, and it is unlawful to narrate it, save for warning Muslims against it and contradicting it. And Allah the Almighty knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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