What is Death?

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The body is an instrument of the spirit, which governs and controls it in its entirety.

When its appointed hour comes, an illness or failure of bodily functions is like an invitation to the Angel of Death, known as Archangel ‘Azra’il in Islam. God is obviously the One Who causes people to die. But to save people from complaining about Him, as death appears as a disagreeable event to many people, God uses ‘Azra’il as a veil between Himself and the taking of souls. He also puts illnesses or some other calamity as another veil between ‘Azra’il and death so that people are saved from complaining about him.