Fabricated hadeeth about Angel of death
Fatwa No: 349009

Question

Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu. How sound is this hadith? Ibn An-Najjaar related the following in his Taareekh from Anas in marfoo‘ (traced back directly to the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) form: "Every day, the Angel of death looks up to 70 times into the whereabouts of the servant. When [the Angel of Death] is sent to the servant and he laughs, [the Angel of death] says, 'How astonishing! I am sent to you in order to seize your soul and you are laughing?'"
Please inform me about this hadith. May Allaah reward you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

This hadeeth is not authentic. It was reported by many scholars who collected the fabricated ahaadeeth.

Sheerawayh Ad-Daylami mentioned it in Al-Firdaws; As-Suyooti mentioned it in Az-Ziyaadaat ‘ala Al-Mawdhoo’aatIbn ‘Arraaq mentioned it in Tanzeeh Ash-Sharee’ah; and Al-Fattani mentioned it in Tathkirat Al-Mawdhoo’aat.

Therefore, it is not permissible for a Muslim to spread such fabricated ahaadeeth without clarifying their status of weakness [that they are fabricated].

Allah knows best.

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