Allah Ta’ala had informed Hadhrat Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) of his imminent Maut (Death). After he had presented numerous farewell advices to Bani Israaeel, one day Malakul Maut appeared unannounced in human form. When he stated his purpose, viz. taking Musa’s life, he (Hadhrat Musa) became enraged. He struck Malakul Maut who was in human form, such a fierce blow which damaged his (Malakul Maut’s) eye. Malakul Maut departed and complained to Allah Ta’ala.
Allah Ta’ala sent Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) with the message: “O Musa! If you desire longer life, then place your hand on the back of a ram. I take oath by My Might and Splendour! Your life will be extended in years for as many hairs of the ram which are covered by your hand.”
After Hadhrat Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) delivered this divine message, Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) commented: “O Jibraeel! After I have done so and my lifespan is extended to the number of hairs which my hand covers on the back of a ram, and after the expiry of all those years, then what will happen?” Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) said: “Thereafter is Maut.” Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) said: “Since the ultimate fate is Maut, why should I not be presently pleased with Maut? Go, send Malakul Maut to me. With the greatest pleasure I submit and hand over my soul.” Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) departed.
Immediately Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) set off for the wilderness. On arriving in the desolate place he suddenly saw seven men in a beautiful lush area. They were preparing a beautiful grave. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) said: “Whose grave is this?” A spokesman for the seven men said: “It is the grave of one of Allah’s beloved devotees. His height is your height.”
Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) stood there whilst they were preparing the grave. He then said: “May I lay down in this grave for a few moments?” They happily consented. Who were these seven persons? They were Jibraeel, Meekaaeel, Israafeel, Izraaeel and another three Muqarrab Angels (Angels of high rank enjoying very close divine proximity). Allah Ta’ala had dispatched them to prepare the grave in honour of Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam).
Lying down in the grave, he exclaimed: “What a wonderful abode, Subhaanallaah!” Immediately Malakul Maut (Hadhrat Izraaeel – alayhis salaam) stepped forward and placed a wonderfully fragrant flower to the nose of Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam). At that very moment the blessed Rooh of Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) took flight from his earthly body. Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji-oon.