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How does `Izraeel A.S. extract the souls of many people at one time?

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Question: How does `Izraeel عليه السلام extract many souls in one moment?
Answer: It is recorded in Roohul-Ma`ani that there are three methods of extracting the soul and all three are proven through the Qur’an:

(1) Sometimes Allah Ta`ala himself extracts the souls.

الله يتوفى الانفس حين موتها
(Allah Ta`ala takes away the souls at the time of death) [39: 42].

(2) Hadrat I’zraeel extracts the souls. Allah Ta`ala says:

قل يتوفكم ملك الموت الذى وكل بكم
(Say, the appointed angel will extract your soul) [32: 11]

(3) Other angels remove the souls. Allah Ta`ala says:

ان الذين يتوفهم الملائكة ظالمى انفسهم
(verily the angels will pull out the souls of the wrong doers) [4: 97].
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