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The Hadith about Musa or Moses (pbuh) and the Angel of death can widely be found in Hadith collections (at least sunnah.com gives 4 search results) here just the two major sources:

Abu Huraira reported that the Angel of Death was sent to Moses (peace be upon him) to inform of his Lord's summons. When he came, he (Moses) boxed him and his eye was knocked out. He (the Angel of Death) came back to the Lord and said:
You sent me to a servant. who did not want to die. Allah restored his eye to its proper place (and revived his eyesight), and then said: Go back to him and tell him that if he wants life he must place his hand on the back of an ox, and he would be granted as many years of life as the number of hair covered by his hand. He (Moses) said: My Lord what would happen then He said: Then you must court death. He said: Let it be now. And he supplicated Allah to bring him close to the sacred land. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said: If I were there, I would have shown you his grave beside the road at the red mound. http://sunnah.com/muslim/43/206

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The angel of death was sent to Moses and when he went to him, Moses slapped him severely, spoiling one of his eyes. The angel went back to his Lord, and said, "You sent me to a slave who does not want to die." Allah restored his eye and said, "Go back and tell him (i.e. Moses) to place his hand over the back of an ox, for he will be allowed to live for a number of years equal to the number of hairs coming under his hand." (So the angel came to him and told him the same). Then Moses asked, "O my Lord! What will be then?" He said, "Death will be then." He said, "(Let it be) now." He asked Allah that He bring him near the Sacred Land at a distance of a stone's throw. Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) said, "Were I there I would show you the grave of Moses by the way near the red sand hill." http://sunnah.com/bukhari/23/95

  • How can this Hadith be explained?
  • Is it really authentic?
  • I mean how can such a person like a Prophet and Messenger be willing to live and even attack the Angel of death?
  • Shouldn't he accept that his lifetime has ended instead of -as it seems- opposing to Allah's wish?
  • How can the expansion of lifetime be explained?
  • Is it a deal with Allah and why should Allah make such a deal ...?
  • Is the Angle of Death associated with the banned group Al Gebra? :) (It should be spelt "Angel") – Andrew Grimm Oct 18 '16 at 12:08
  • Good points Sheikh al-Ghazaly in his book "As sunnah an-Nabawiya bayna ahli-l-Fiqh w ahl al-Hadith" (The prophetic sunnah between people of fiqh (Jursiprudence) and people of Hadith) mentioned this very hadith and the attempts to explain it. – Medi1Saif Oct 18 '16 at 12:15
  • Angles are part of mathematics, and algebra is part of mathematics. – Andrew Grimm Oct 18 '16 at 12:15
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    @Medi1Saif maybe you could post an answer based on that? – Jamila Oct 18 '16 at 12:25
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    That would be a whole chapter from a book... it needs time! – Medi1Saif Oct 20 '16 at 8:16
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Bismillah. Alhamdulillah. Wassalatu wassalamu a'la rasoolillah.

Bukhari and Muslim are know as "Sahih Hayn" - the two authentic books so ahadith from there are fine.

When we were doing some Tafseer my teacher mentioned this Hadith and she explained to us that Musa alaihis sallam didnt know who it was and therefore the violence - not because of not living and then when Musa alaihis sallam knew he wanted to leave this world.

By the expansion of years my teacher said this when you just put your hand over the animal and whatever hairs stuck those were the number of years.

the last question - Allah knows best.

All good is from Allah alone and if anything wrong i have said is from me and Shaytan.

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