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The Hadith” Regarding the Angel of Death” is Fabricated

Answered as per Shafi'i Fiqh by Darul Iftaa Jordan
Is it true that the Angel of Death looks at every person five times per day?

All perfect praise be to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon Prophet Mohammad and upon his family and companions: The Hadith intended by the 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. The bottom line is that the aforesaid Hadith is fabricated, and it is unlawful to narrate it, save for warning Muslims about it and contradicting it. And Allah knows best.

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

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