Who are the Angels?

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*Who are the Angels?*

Almighty God (Allah) has created many different types of creatures and one of those creatures are called Angels. Faith in the unseen world created by Allah is a required element of faith in Islam. Among the required articles of faith are a belief in Allah, His prophets, His revealed books, the angels, the afterlife, and destiny/divine decree. Among the creatures of the unseen world are angels, which are mentioned in the Quran as faithful servants of Allah. Every truly devout Muslim, therefore, acknowledges the belief in angels.

*The Nature of Angels in Islam*

In Islam, it is believed that angels were created out of light, before the creation of humans from clay/earth. Angels are naturally obedient creatures, worshipping Allah and carrying out His commands. Angels are genderless and do not require sleep, food, or drink; they have no free choice (Free Will), so it is just not in their nature to disobey. The Quran says: “They do not disobey Allah’s commands that they receive; they do precisely what they are commanded” (Quran 66:6).

As unseen creatures made from light, angels have no specific bodily shape but rather can take on a variety of forms. The Quran does mention that angels have wings (Quran 35:1), but Muslims don’t speculate on what exactly they look like. Muslims find it blasphemous, for example, to make images of angels as cherubs sitting in clouds.

It is believed that angels can take the form of human beings when required to communicate with the human world. For example, the Angel Jibreel appeared in human form to Mary (the mother of Jesus), and the Prophet Muhamad when questioning him about his faith and message.

*The Role of Angels*

In Arabic, angels are called mala’ika, which means “to assist and help.” The Quran says that angels have been created to worship Allah and carry out His commands: “Everything in the heavens and every creature on the earth prostrates to Allah, as do the angels. They are not puffed up with pride. They fear their Lord above them and do everything they are ordered to do.” (Quran 16:49-50).

Angels are involved in carrying out duties in both the unseen and physical worlds.

*Fallen Angels*

In Islam, there is no concept of “fallen” angels, as it is in the nature of angels to be faithful servants of Allah. They have no free choice, and hence no ability to disobey God. However, often confused with “fallen” angels, there are another type pf creations, who are called Jinn. The most famous of the Jinn is Iblis, who is also known as Shaytan (Satan). Muslims believe that Satan is a disobedient Jinn, not a “fallen” angel.

Jinn are having Free-Will like humans. Unlike the angels, which dwell in celestial regions, Jinn are said to coexist next to humans, even though they normally remain unseen.

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