Hadith on Death: Angels taking souls of believers and unbelievers

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When death approaches the believer, angels of mercy come to him with white silk, saying: Come out satisfied and well-pleasing to the rest and comfort of Allah and to a Lord who is not angry! So it comes out like the best fragrance of musk until they pass him between themselves and reach the gate of heaven, saying: How pleasant is this fragrance you have brought from the earth! The souls of believers come to him more joyful than one of you whose loved ones return home. They ask him: What happened to this person? What happened to this person? They will say: Let him be, for he was in the distress of the world. When he is asked if such person has come to you, they say: He was taken away to his mother, the abyss. Verily, when death approaches the unbeliever, angels of punishment come to him with sackcloth, saying: Come out displeased and displeasing to the punishment of Allah Almighty! So it comes out like the foulest stench of a corpse until they take it to the gate of the earth, saying how foul is this stench until the souls of unbelievers are brought to him.

Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 1832

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِذَا حُضِرَ الْمُؤْمِنُ أَتَتْهُ مَلَائِكَةُ الرَّحْمَةِ بِحَرِيرَةٍ بَيْضَاءَ فَيَقُولُونَ اخْرُجِي رَاضِيَةً مَرْضِيًّا عَنْكِ إِلَى رَوْحِ اللَّهِ وَرَيْحَانٍ وَرَبٍّ غَيْرِ غَضْبَانَ فَتَخْرُجُ كَأَطْيَبِ رِيحِ الْمِسْكِ حَتَّى أَنَّهُ لَيُنَاوِلُهُ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضًا حَتَّى يَأْتُونَ بِهِ بَابَ السَّمَاءِ فَيَقُولُونَ مَا أَطْيَبَ هَذِهِ الرِّيحَ الَّتِي جَاءَتْكُمْ مِنْ الْأَرْضِ فَيَأْتُونَ بِهِ أَرْوَاحَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فَلَهُمْ أَشَدُّ فَرَحًا بِهِ مِنْ أَحَدِكُمْ بِغَائِبِهِ يَقْدَمُ عَلَيْهِ فَيَسْأَلُونَهُ مَاذَا فَعَلَ فُلَانٌ مَاذَا فَعَلَ فُلَانٌ فَيَقُولُونَ دَعُوهُ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ فِي غَمِّ الدُّنْيَا فَإِذَا قَالَ أَمَا أَتَاكُمْ قَالُوا ذُهِبَ بِهِ إِلَى أُمِّهِ الْهَاوِيَةِ وَإِنَّ الْكَافِرَ إِذَا احْتُضِرَ أَتَتْهُ مَلَائِكَةُ الْعَذَابِ بِمِسْحٍ فَيَقُولُونَ اخْرُجِي سَاخِطَةً مَسْخُوطًا عَلَيْكِ إِلَى عَذَابِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فَتَخْرُجُ كَأَنْتَنِ رِيحِ جِيفَةٍ حَتَّى يَأْتُونَ بِهِ بَابَ الْأَرْضِ فَيَقُولُونَ مَا أَنْتَنَ هَذِهِ الرِّيحَ حَتَّى يَأْتُونَ بِهِ أَرْوَاحَ الْكُفَّارِ

1833 سنن النسائي كتاب الجنائز باب ما يلقى به المؤمن من الكرامة عند خروج نفسه

1832 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح في صحيح النسائي