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") 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. Oct 18 '16 at 12:15
  • 2
    @Medi1Saif maybe you could post an answer based on that?
    – Jamila
    Oct 18 '16 at 12:25
  • 1
    That would be a whole chapter from a book... it needs time!
    – Medi1Saif
    Oct 20 '16 at 8:16

Although it is outdated question, I want to answer to this question.

Let's consider Hud 69:70. We can see that Allah sent angels in the form of human. As Ibrahim did not know that they are angels and prepared them a cow. They did not eat it, and Ibrahim became afraid. Up to that moment Ibrahim was not aware that there are angels. But they revealed themselves as angel. So, we decide that angels can come in the form of humanbeing.

Now, death of angel at that time appeared as in the form of human being and warned Musa that it will take his life. And of course as everyone would, Musa slapped it. What would you do if someone appears in front of you inside your house and warn that it will kill you. That is the point here. First we need to look at Quran and understand that angels could and came in the form of human being (visually). That is what happened to Musa and in the form of self-defense Musa slapped it.

  • The version by Tabari is relevant to this explanation.
    – UmH
    Dec 17 '19 at 15:41

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .