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`Belief in angels is vital for Muslims
Angels are beings created from light. A'isha (ra) narrated that the Prophet (saws)
said: "Angels were created from light, Jinn were created from smokeless fire, and
Adam was created from that which has been described to you (in the Quran and
Sunnah)..." (Muslim). The belief in Angels (al-Malaaikah) is the second article of faith in
Islam. Allah says: "The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his
Lord, and so do the believers. All believe in Allah, His Angels and His Messengers."
(Quran 2:285). They do not have desires of their own, neither do they eat or drink.
They are honoured servants of Allah, and never disobey Him.
It is obligatory, and in fact an essential part of faith to respect all of the Angels.
Therefore, it is unthinkable for Muslims to have any animosity towards any of the
Angels, let alone cursing them. Any such action is considered an act of Kaffir
(disbelief). `'and whosoever disbelieves in Allah, his angels, his books, his messengers,
and the lat day, then indeed he has strayed far away'' (Quran 4:136). Belief in angels is
a vital belief, nullifies authority and the whole of Islam. Angels hold an important place
in Islam. This is testified by the fact that angels are mentioned more than 80 times in
the Quran, as well as in over 200 sayings of the prophet (saw).
The foundation of Islam rests on the Quran which was revealed by angel Jibraeel. If
one doesn't believe I angels then how can he believe in the Quran, prophets etc.
Angel Jibraeel is the most distinguished of the angels, and is entrusted with carrying
revelation to the Prophets. This includes bringing the Quran to Prophet Muhammad
(saw), which is referred to in the following:" And it is surely the revelation of the Lord
of the worlds. The trusted Spirit has brought it down to your heart, in order that you
might be one of the warners, in clear Arabic speech."(Quran: 26:192-195). It is vital
for Muslims to have belief in this as the foundation of Quran lies on the Quran.
Belief in the Unseen is central to the message of the Quran. Allah says: "This is the
Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah; who believe in
the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what we have provided for
them." [Surah al-Baqarah: 2-3]. This verse establishes for us that belief in the Unseen
is the basis for certainty of faith. Indeed, all six of the articles of faith are founded
upon belief in the Unseen. This is why Allah mentions belief in the Unseen here as the
first characteristic of a believer. We are not supposed to limit our belief to those
things that we can apprehend with our senses. We are not supposed to allow our
observation of the physical world to blind us to our faith in what is beyond
it. Muslims do not accept that humans and animals made of matter are the only
things. Like such Muslims are supposed to believe in angels as they are the unseen A
Muslim should follow the commandments of Allah. Allah has mentioned in the Quran
`'whoever is an enemy to Jibraeel and whoever is an enemy to Mikaeel is an enemy
to Allah'' (Surah Baqarah). Angels are messengers of God, the channels by which
humans become aware of him.
Angels play an active role in a Muslims life One of the angels is responsible for the
sperm in the womb, as is mentioned in the hadeeth of Ibn Mas`ood (may Allah be
pleased with him), who said: "The Messenger of Allah , whose truthfulness is
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