Will the Angels Die?

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick

Question

On the Day of Judgment, Allah will command that the soul be taken from Mika’il first, then from Israfil, and finally from Jibril.

My question is, why do angels have to die?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah guide us to that which pleases Him, forgive us for our shortcomings, and alleviate our difficulties, Amin.

Indeed, the angels will also experience death, which is the opinion of the scholars of Islam. Imam al-Munawi cited the consensus of the scholars regarding the matter. [Fayd al-Qadir]

Allah, the Majestic, states: “Everything will be destroyed except His Face.” [Quran, 28:88]

Based on the verse above and other evidence, everything in existence will die or be destroyed, except Allah. The verse above, mentioning the destruction of everything, will only be true if the Angels also perish, and Allah knows best.

I pray this is of benefit.
[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan.

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.