By Maulana Huzaifah Ibn Adam
The Angels of Death:
Imaam ibn al-Jawzi رحمة الله عليه writes in “Bahr ad-Dumoo`“:
“When the son of Aadam is in sakaraat (the throes of death, and his gaze has already left the Dunyaa), Allaah sends to him five Malaa’ikah:
As for the first Malak, then it comes to him when his Rooh is in his throat, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! Where is that body of yours that had been so strong in the Dunyaa? 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 Malak, then it comes to him after his Rooh has been taken and shrouded in a kafan, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! 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 Malak comes to him after his Janaazah Salaat has been performed and he is being carried towards his qabr on the shoulders of people, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! 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 Allaah, then glad-tidings to you; woe and destruction be to you if you return with the Anger of Allaah.”
The fourth Malak comes to him once he has been placed in his qabr, in the lahd, and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! 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 used to perpetrate sin after sin (against Allaah Ta`aalaa) on the face of this earth. Today, you are inside of it, regretting.”
The fifth Malak comes to him after his qabr has been filled, after his friends and family have left (after reciting and making Du`aa for him, and the person in the qabr hears their footsteps as they leave), and it calls out to him saying: “O son of Aadam! 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 Dunyaa, 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 (of Jahannam).”