Hadith of blind and deaf angels
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An angel who is
blind and dumb will then be placed in charge of him
Sir dont you think you are being overly dramatic here. I thought angels had no intelligence. They only do what is commanded of them by Allah SWT. Also please give me a mustanid hadith or give the chapter and verse in the Quran where exactly what you mentioned rgds the blind and dumb angel is quoted.
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Hadith of blind and deaf angels
In the name of Allah, We praise
Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none
can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright.
We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam,
no dai, nobody!) worthy of
worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His
slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Sunan of Abu-Dawood
Hadith 4735 Narrated by Al-Bara' ibn Azib
We went out with
the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) accompanying the bier of a man of the
Ansar. When we reached his grave, it was not yet dug. So the Apostle of Allah
(peace be upon him) sat down and we also sat down around him as if birds were
over our heads. He had in his hand a stick with which he was scratching the
ground. He then raised his head and
said: Seek refuge with Allah from the punishment in the grave. He said it twice
or thrice. The version of Jabir adds
here: He hears the beat of their sandals when they go back, and at that moment
he is asked: O so and so! Who is your Lord, what is your religion, and who is
your Prophet? Hannad's version says:
Two angels will come to him, make him sit up and ask him: Who is your
Lord? He will reply: My Lord is
Allah. They will ask him: What is your
religion? He will reply: My religion is
Islam. They will ask him: What is your
opinion about the man who was sent on a mission among you? He will reply: He is the Apostle of Allah
(peace be upon him). They will ask: Who
made you aware of this? He will reply:
I read Allah's Book, believed in it, and considered it true; which is verified
by Allah's words: "Allah establishes those who believe with the word that
stands firm in this world and the next."
The agreed version reads: Then a crier will call from Heaven: My servant
has spoken the truth, so spread a bed for him from Paradise, clothe him from
Paradise, and open a door for him into Paradise. So some of its air and perfume
will come to him, and a space will be made for him as far as the eye can
see. He also mentioned the death of the
infidel, saying: His spirit will be restored to his body, two angels will come
to him, make him sit up and ask him: Who is your Lord? He will reply: Alas, alas! I do not
know. They will ask him: What is your
religion? He will reply: Alas, alas! I
do not know. They will ask: Who was the
man who was sent on a mission among you?
He will reply: Alas, alas! I do not know. Then a crier will call from
Heaven: He has lied, so spread a bed for him from Hell, clothe him from Hell,
and open for him a door into Hell. Then some of its heat and pestilential wind
will come to him, and his grave will be compressed, so that his ribs will be
crushed together. Jabir's version
adds: One who is blind and dumb will then be placed in charge of him,
having a sledge-hammer such that if a mountain were struck with it, it would
become dust. He will give him a blow with it which will be heard by everything
between the east and the west except by men and jinn, and he will become dust.
Then his spirit will be restored to him.
Your Question: Sir dont you
think you are being overly dramatic here. I thought angels had no intelligence.
They only do what is commanded of them by Allah SWT. Also please give me a
mustanid hadith or give the chapter and verse in the Quran where exactly what
you mentioned rgds the blind and dumb angel is quoted.
Beloved and respected brother in
Islam, Allah forbid we would say
anything from ourselves regarding the knowledge of the ‘unseen’! The hadith we quoted was from Sunan of
Abu-Dawood Hadith 4735 and narrated by
Al-Bara' ibn Azib.
Indeed, it is true that the Angels are a creation of
Allah Subhanah, who do whatever they
are commanded by their Lord to do; and
that is precisely the guidance of the Holy Quran.
Allah says in the Holy
Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verses 49-50:All the animate creation in the
heavens and the earth, and all the
Angels prostrate themselves in adoration before Allah. They (Angels) do not show any arrogance at
all; they fear their Lord Who is above
them, and do whatever they are
bidden (to do).
Thus, my beloved brother in Islam,
your argument makes perfect logic that why would a deaf and blind Angel
be appointed to punish a disbeliever in his grave; it is not as if the Angels have a free will of their own where
they would feel pity or sorry and reduce the punishment which has been Decreed
by Allah Subhanah!
We absolutely agree with you in
your absolutely logical argument.
But beloved brother, we only quoted the exact verbatim hadith as
recorded by Abu Dawood. On receipt of your letter, we went into the details of
the fine-prints regarding the above quoted hadith and found that almost all the
major Imams and scholars agree with the original text of the hadith as
authentic; but most of them have a reservation and do not agree with the
‘Jaber’s version’ which states the deaf
and blind Angel being placed.
May Allah Subhanah reward you
generously for bringing this to the attention of the brothers and sisters on
the forum. May Allah Subhanah increase
yours and our knowledge of the deen of Islam, and bestow upon you and us the
mercy and conviction to grasp the true wisdom behind each of His Commands.
We sincerely thank you
for bringing this to our attention; and
admit our short-coming in not thoroughly checking the hadith before quoting
it. We ask for your forgiveness, the forgiveness of our brothers and sisters
who have subscribed to the forum, and
above all we seek the forgiveness of our Merciful Lord for our short-coming and
unintentional error. Allah is our
witness, it was not our intention to
dramatize anything, nor do we have the
courage to add or say anything other than what was quoted in the books of
May Allah Subhanah have Mercy
upon us, forgive us our
shortcomings, and give us the wisdom to
comprehend and submit to the guidance and teachings of the Glorious Quran and
the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).
Whatever written of Truth and
benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error
is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He
is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,