Thursday, December 14

His Angels

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Muslims believe in the existence of angels created by Allah. They are created of light, created incapable of rebellion against God’s will, for their purpose is to carry it out.

This is why Islam sees man as potentially superior to the angels, for he may freely choose to serve God and to believe in His prophets, whereas the angels, who are at all times in the presence of God, cannot fail to obey Him and to sing His praises at all times. By the same token, man can be lower than the angels, and lower even than the animals, if he refuses to worship his creator and thank him for the gift of life and the blessings showered upon him in this world, and we are given to hope, in the next.

We are told of eight angels in particular:

Gabriel, the Angel of Revelation

Mikael, who brings God’s prosperity and bounty to man

Israfil, responsible for blowing the last Trump signifying the impending Day of Judgement

Azreal, the Angel of Death, who takes man’s soul when his lifespan ends

Malek, the Angel supervising Hell and

Radwan, who is responsible for Paradise

Munkar and Nakir, the two angels we shall encounter shortly after death, who question the newly dead regarding their lives and beliefs

“Say [O Muslims]: ‘We believe in Allah and that which is sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob, and the Tribes; what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the Prophets by their Lord. We make no distinction detween any of them, and to Him we have surrendered ourselves.'”

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