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In Islam angels are light-based creatures, created by Allah to serve and worship him. They are technically incorporeal but can manifest themselves into a form comprehendable by human eyes. Their existence has sometimes been described as ethereal. Islam  listen? (Arabic: al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second largest religion. ... angels are evil creatures they lie to you they have been feeding you dysinformation for thousands of years they hate you and this planet earth how dare you sanctify there name and species you christians lucifer has spoken The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear... An example of allāhu written in simple Arabic calligraphy Allah (Arabic: allāh) is the Arabic word for God. It is ultimately derived (according to most etymologists) from Proto-Semitic ʾil-, as is Hebrew El). ... Incorporeal is the descriptional attribute of something that cannot be manifested into anything tangible or at least representational at a one dimensional level. ...



The four Archangels Muslims are required to acknowledge as part of surrender to Islam are: Islam  listen? (Arabic: al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second largest religion. ...

  • Jibra'il (OR Jibreel OR Geebril OR Jibril OR Gabriel in English). Gabriel is the Archangel responsible for revealing the Qu'ran to Muhammad sura by sura. He is mentioned specially in the Qu'ran.
  • Azra'il (OR Azrail OR Izrael OR Azrael in English). Azrael is the Angel of Death whose helpers are the ones (including himself) that are responsible for parting the soul of the human with the body. The actual process of separating the soul from the body depends on the history or record of good or bad deeds of the person. If the human was a bad person in his life, the soul is ripped out very painfully. But if the human was a righteous person, then the soul is separated like a 'drop of water dripping from glass'.
  • Mika'il (OR Mikael OR Mikaa’eel OR Michael in English). Michael is the Archangel charged with bringing down the thunder and lightning onto the Earth. He is also responsible for the rewards doled out to good persons in this life. He is sometimes partnered with Gabriel in some contexts (but not in the Qu'ran though).
  • Israfil (OR Israafeel OR Isrofil OR Raphael in English). Israfil is the Angel responsible for blowing the horn and signalling the coming of Judgement Day.

The Qu'ran also mentions angels occupy the realms of the Seven Hells. A verse stipulates this: Yaum Al-Qiyâmah يوم القيامة (literally, Day of the Resurrection, also known as the Hour, Day of the Account, Day of the Gathering, Day of the Reckoning, ...) is the Arabic name for the Last Judgement. ...

"O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is Men and Stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern and severe, who flinch not (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do (precisely) what they are commanded." [al-Tahreem 66:6]

The Qu'ran also mentions that angels (like in Christian and Catholoic belief) have wings to which they fly. Another verse stipulates this:

"Praise be to Allah, Who created (out of nothing) the heavens and the earth, Who made the angel messengers with wings - two, or three, or four (pairs) and adds to Creation as He pleases: for Allah has power over all things." [Faatir 35:1]

The preceding sentence does not imply that all angels only have two to four wings. Most notably, Archangels (namely Gabriel and Michael) are described as having thousands of wings. Tradition also notes that certain angels, created solely for the purpose of praising God, have 70 thousand heads, each with 70 thousand mouths that speak 70 thousand languages solely to sing praises for the Almighty. This type of angel, whose type is nameless, was described as the type of angel that accompanied Mohammed up to Heaven when he received commands from God. Although specifically, Mohammed did not ride on the angel as some would assume, but he rode a magnificent creature, called a Buroch whose stride supposedly spanned from horizon to horizon. Muhammad (Arabic محمد, also transliterated Mohammad, Mohammed, and formerly Mahomet, following the Latin) is revered by Muslims as the final prophet of God. ...

Angels in Islam are also beautiful creatures, as another verse stipulates:

"He [the Prophet] has been taught by one Mighty in Power, Dhoo Mirrah (free from any defect in body and mind), then he rose and became stable." [al-Najm 53:5-6]

". . . When they [the women] saw him, they did extol him and (in their amazement) cut their hands: they said: ‘Allah preserve us! No mortal is this! This is none other than a noble angel!’" [Yoosuf 12:31]

Referencing an Angel

Angels do not have any gender, God did not create them divided by gender since they are asexual and do not reproduce. But however, in the Qu'ran and Bible, Archangels are referred to as 'he' or 'he is'. This is due to the languages use of nouns and designation of what is feminine or masculine. Such as in English, a warship is usually a feminine noun, and thus referred to as 'her' or 'she'. This is not to personify the object and apply anthropomorphistic attributes, but merely as a designation of respect. This is the same case with Angels, and their references in the Qu'ran. They are always referred to as 'he' or 'him', mainly due to the fact that the word for angel in Arabic is a masculine noun. It is convention, when you refer to an angel in any context, to use masculine guises. This article is about human asexuality; asexual reproduction is a separate topic. ... Reproduction is the creation of one thing as a copy of, product of, or replacement for a similar thing, e. ...

Verses in the Qu'ran that name Angels directly

Gabriel (Jibreel) and Michael (Mikaa'eel) are mentioned early on the Qu'ran in the second sura:

"Say: Whoever is an enemy to Jibreel - for he brings down the (revelation) to your heart by Allah’s will, a confirmation of what went before, and guidance and glad tidings to those who believe - Whoever is an enemy to Allah, and His angels and prophets, to Jibreel and Mikaa’eel - Lo! Allah is an enemy to those who reject Faith." [al-Baqarah 2:97-98]

Another Angel, Malik is defined in the Qu'ran as a being who is the Keeper of the Seven Hells. Malik also translates into "King" from Arabic, so it is assumed that Malik is "King" of Hell. However Malik is not an evil angel, nor a fallen one, a notion Islam rejects, rather Malik is merely doing what he is commanded to do by Allah. Malik is a word that often means King in Arabic and other languages that have taken words from it. ... An example of allāhu written in simple Arabic calligraphy Allah (Arabic: allāh) is the Arabic word for God. It is ultimately derived (according to most etymologists) from Proto-Semitic ʾil-, as is Hebrew El). ...

"They [the people in Hell] will cry: ‘O Malik! Would that your Lord put an end to us!’..." [al-Zukhruf 43:77]

Two other Angels are also mentioned directly in the Qu'ran: Haaroot and Maaroot (OR Harut and Marut).

". . . and such things as came down at Babylon to the angels Haaroot and Maaroot . . ." [al-Baqarah 2:102]

Several Angels, Azrael, Isrofil and Munkar and Nakeer are not mentioned directly in the Qu'ran but are explained further in the Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad. They are alos mentioned in traditional Islamic myth, however, seldom retain complete originality from the Hadith. Traditionally in Islam Azrael, also spelled Azrail, Ashriel, Azaril, and Azriel, is the name of the Angel of death appearing in the Quran. ... Hadith (Arabic: , Arabic pl. ... Hadith (Arabic: , Arabic pl. ...

Other Important Angels in Islam

The following are angels important to Islam, but are not mentioned directly (except for Harut and Marut, they are mentioned directly but none is said of them after surat two (al-Baqara)).

  • Munkar and Nakeer. These angels interrogate the deceased on their life before their deaths. They ask three questions: Who was your god? Who was your prophet? What was your way of life? A true Muslim would answer: My God was no other God than Allah. My Prophet was Muhammad, sent by Allah. My way of life was surrenderring to Allah's will (Islam). Munkar and Nakeer are described as being blue and black angels in the Hadiths.

See also Nakir and Munkar Munkar and Nakeer, in Islamic eschatology, are two malaikah (angels) who test the faith of the dead in their graves. ...

  • Harut and Marut (Haroot and Maroot) are mentioned directly in the Qu'ran as two angels sent to test mankind. They were to teach and coach encountered men on the secrets of dark magic and sorcery. They were angels who had manifested themselves as scholars and normal people to test mankind on whether they would reject the teachings as blasphemy or follow them and reject faith. According to the Qu'ran, Harut and Marut were sent before Prophet Muhammad, apparently during the time of Moses. In some Islamic traditions, they are concerned with a completely different story. As the alternate story goes, Harut and Marut were sent to Earth after the Angels derided and criticized mankind for their corruption, negligent rule and faulty ethics. As God said: "If thou were in their place, you would be doing the same thing...I have given mankind ten carnal pleasures, it is through these pleasures that they disobey me." God then challenged the angels to do better in mankind's condition. They accepted it: "O Lord ,if you give us these carnal desires we would descend and judge with justice." So the two angels, Harut and Marut were sent to see if they could do any 'better' in the same position as normal humans. Harut was sent as scholar and Marut as judge. It's currently indefinite whether they fulfilled or failed their challenge and kept their angelic nature, as consensus lies on a stalemate, since this tradition is not directly linked with the texts of the Qu'ran. It's also stated in some traditional stories that they became fully human and joined the ranks of 'fallen angels'. However, this claim is contradictory to the fact that angels do not disobey God, and thus cannot 'fall' from their angelic nature. This incident is the only case in the Qu'ran of two angels apparently disobeying God and forgetting their angelic heritage. However, such a claim can only be established as a quasi-myth, as such verification of it is yields indefinity.
  • Hafaza Angels are also mentioned in the Qu'ran (not by name however) as a class of angels that are each appointed to a human to keep a record of his or her's good or bad deeds. Not a single good or bad deed or thought is forgoed in their record of each individual. In a sense they are considerd the Guardian Angels. In truth, however, Islam teaches there are four different angels that guard us each. Two in the day and two in the night. They protect us from the assaults of Shaitan. It is written that you should best be on your guard during the evening and dusk time as that is the time when the two angels switch positions as guardians, and their protective barrier over us is at its weakest then. Reference to these angels is of only one of many particular verses such as one at sura al-Anaam, verse 61: "...and He sets guardians over you.".

Shaitan is the Arabic (شيطان) word for Adversary, except in different contexts, the word is translated subversely as Separator. It could possibly be a derivation of from שָׂטָן (Hebrew) Satan. ...

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