Islamic Beliefs


Sayyid Mohammad Sajjad Attari Madani

Allah Almighty created angels from light. He hid them from our sight and enabled them to appear in whatever form they choose. Angels are completely obedient to Allah and do not disobey Him. They are infallible, i.e., sinless, and immune to committing sins and mistakes. Even the slightest disrespect of an angel amounts to disbelief (kufr). To deny the existence of angels or to say that “angel” refers to the power of goodness and nothing besides this is also disbelief.

Number of angels:  The exact number of angels is only known to the Lord Almighty Who created them, and the messenger to whom He gave this knowledge.

Four archangels:  Jibrāʾīl, Mīkāʾīl, Isrāfīl, and Malak al-Mawt (ʿIzrāʾīl) are superior to all other angels.

What do the angels do? Allah has assigned various duties to them, some of which are as follows:

*   Conveying revelation from Allah to the noble prophets عَـلَـيْـهِمُ الـصَّلٰوةُ وَالـسَّـلَام.

*   Bringing rain to earth.

*   Blowing the winds.

*   Making sustenance reach creation.

*   Forming the fetus in the womb.

*   Bringing change to the human body.

*   Protecting humans.

*   Participating in virtuous gatherings.

*   Recording people’s deeds and misdeeds.

*   Serving the court of the beloved Prophet.

*   Carrying the greetings of Muslims to the Prophet.

*   Questioning the deceased.

*   Removing the soul.

*   Punishing sinners in the Hereafter.

*   Blowing the Horn before the Day of Reckoning.[1]

[1] Bahār-i-Sharīʿat, vol. 1, pp. 90 - 95




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