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Muslims Belief in Angels

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    Muslims Belief in Angels

    Assalam Alaikum everyone,

    Tonight there's a halaqa on a yahoo group for muslim women that I am a member of, and the topic is Muslims Belief in Angels. So in light of the topic being discussed..I thought I'd share with you some interesting facts about Angels:

    *We believe in the existence of the angels of Allah and that they are "honored servants. They do not speak before He does, and they act only by His command." [21:26] Allah created them and they worshiped and obeyed Him. "Those who are at His presence do not disdain to worship Him, nor do they weary. " [21:19]

    *Angels are concealed from us, we cannot see them. Allah may show them to some of His servants. "The Prophet Muhammad saw Gabriel in his real shape with six hundred wings that covered the horizons" [Bukhari and Muslim]. "Gabriel took the form of a handsome human being who met Marry and exchanged conversation with her. He came to the Prophet while he was among his companions in the appearance of an unknown man who did not show any trace of long travel, with very white clothes and very black hair. He sat facing the Prophet: his knees to the Prophet's knees, peace be upon him, and his palms on the Prophet's thighs and talked with the Prophet. The Prophet later told his companions that the man they saw was Gabriel" [Bukhari and Muslim].

    Angel's Functions

    We believe that the angels are assigned certain functions.

    *Among the angels is Gabriel who is entrusted with revelation. He brings it down from Allah to whomever He wishes among His Prophets and Messengers.

    *Among them is Michael who is in charge of rain and plantation.

    *Among them also is Israfil who is in charge of blowing the Horn at the time of Thunderbolting and Resurrection.

    *Among them is the Angel of death, who takes away people's souls at the time of death.

    *Among the angels is the one who is in charge of mountain.

    *And Malik, the keeper of Hell.

    *Some angels are in charge of embryos in wombs

    *Others are responsible for protecting the human beings

    *Other angels are busy in recording men's deeds: two angels for every person, "when the two angels receive (his deeds), one sitting on the right and one on the left, not a word he utters but by him is an observer ready." [50:18]

    *Some other angels are in charge of questioning the deed after he is put in his last abode. Two angels come to him and ask him about his Lord, his Religion, and his Prophet. There "Allah confirms those who believe with the firm say, in the present life and the Hereafter, and Allah leads astray the evildoers and Allah does what He wills." [14:27]

    *Some of the angels are in charge of the dwellers of Paradise: "The angels enter to them from every gate, saying 'peace be upon you for that you were patient. How excellent is your final home." [13:24]

    The Prophet, peace be upon him, told us that "seventy thousand angels enter or pray in the Populous House in Heaven every day. They never come back to it as long as they live." (because their turn will never come) [Bukhari and Muslim].

    "O people! Muhammad has no sons among ye men, but verily, he is the Messenger of Allah and the last in the line of Prophets. And Allah is aware of everything." (33:40)

    "The Hour will not come ... until nearly thirty "dajjals" (liars) appear, each one claiming to be a messenger from Allah." (Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim)

    [This message has been edited by Hinna (edited August 12, 2002).]
    22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

    Jazakallah khair!

    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)