The Angels

The angels are usually hidden from the senses of man, though sometimes they may be visible. Their existence is recognizable through reason, and it is proven by Divine Revelation. The following are some of the many characteristics of the angels: 

Angels are shy and behave modestly; similar to people, they become annoyed by that which they dislike (like foul odors etc.). They flock to those who remember Allah and worship Him alone. Angels are created from light; they are free of the weaknesses of the flesh from which humans suffer, such as hunger, disease, illness, slumber, exhaustion, etc.,

{They celebrate His praises night and day, without exhaustion.} [21:20]

However, at the end of time, even the angels will pass away: 

{And the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth will swoon away, except whom Allah wills. Then it will be blown a second time and behold, they will be standing, looking on (waiting).} [39:68] 

Angels are in awe with their Lord, as Allah mentions in the Qur’an:

{And to Allah prostrate all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth of living creatures and the angels, and they (angels) are humble, fearing their Lord above them and they do as they are commanded.} [16:49-50]

{They cannot intercede except for him whom He is pleased. And they stand with awe in fear of Him.} [21:28] 

The angels never disobey Allah: {Who disobey not the commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.} [66:6]

{They are but honored servants; they speak not until He has spoken; and they act by His command.} [21:26-27] 

Angels possess the ability to love and to show love. They supplicate to their Lord:

{Those who bear the Throne and those around it celebrate the praises of their Lord, and believe in Him, and ask for forgiveness for those who believe (They say): ‘Our Lord, you comprehend all thing in Your Mercy and Knowledge, so forgive those who repent and follow Your way and save them from the torment of the blazing Fire. } [40:7].

They cures whomever their Lord curses, as He said:

{Indeed those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelieves, for them is the curse of Allah and the angels and humanity combine} [2:161-162]

The angels are great in their stature, some are larger than others:

{All praise is Allah's, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, the Maker of the angels - messengers flying on wings: two, three, and four. He increases in the creation what He will. Surely, Allah Has power over all things.} [35:1]

Certain angels are assigned specific functions; for example, Jibreel (Gabriel) is entrusted with delivering Allah’s Revelation to the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them). Mika’eel (Michael) is in charge of rain and plantation, Israfeel is in charge of blowing the Trumpet at the time of Resurrection, and Malik is the Keeper of Hell.

Some of the angels have specific tasks, but their names may be unknown, such as the one who takes the soul at the time of death. Some are in charge of them embryo in the mother's womb, others are responsible for protecting the human beings, and still others record their deeds:

"When the two angels receive (his deed), one sitting on the right and one on the left, he utters not a word but an observer is near him." (The Qur’an 50:18)

Two angels come to each person in his grave and ask him about his Lord, his religion, and his prophet. 

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