Islamic View of Belief in the Angels


Belief in the angels entails that every male and female Muslim believe that Allah created the angels so that they could worship Him. He describes them as honored slaves who do not say a word before He commands them to do so, and act only upon His order.

Allah says about themin Quran;

يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يَشْفَعُونَ إِلَّا لِمَنِ ارْتَضَىٰ وَهُمْ مِنْ خَشْيَتِهِ مُشْفِقُونَ

 

“He knows what is before them, and what is behind them, and they cannot intercede except for him with whom He is pleased. And they stand in awe out of fear of Him.”  
Al-Anbiya 21:28
The angels are delicate beings created from light. They have power to change themselves into various beautiful forms with their main function being to worship Allah. They mostly live in the heavens.
In an authentic Hadith collected by Muslim on the authority of ‘A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her), the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The angels were created from light, the jinn were created from fire and Adam was created from what has being described to you.”

Allah also says about them,

يُسَبِّحُونَ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ لَا يَفْتُرُونَ

“They (i.e. the angels) glorify His Praises night and day, (and) they never slacken (to do so).”
Al-Anbiya 21:20

Allah also says,

لَا يَعْصُونَ اللَّهَ مَا أَمَرَهُمْ وَيَفْعَلُونَ مَا يُؤْمَرُونَ

“They disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.”
At-Tahreem 66:6

Regarding the angels as masculine is a sin while regarding them as feminine is disbelief.

Allah says,

وَجَعَلُوا الْمَلَائِكَةَ الَّذِينَ هُمْ عِبَادُ الرَّحْمَٰنِ إِنَاثًا ۚ أَشَهِدُوا خَلْقَهُمْ ۚ سَتُكْتَبُ شَهَادَتُهُمْ وَيُسْأَلُونَ

“And they make the angels who themselves are slaves to the Most Gracious (Allah) females. Did they witness their creation? Their testimony will be recorded, and they will be questioned!”
Zukhruf 43:19

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