Belief in angels is one of the six articles of faith prescribed for every Muslim. The Holy Qur’an mentions angels, some by name, their functions and their being in service of God. The very first revelation to Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) came through the angel Gabriel. This occurred when the Holy Prophet (sa) was unaware that he was to become a messenger of God. He clearly saw the angel and described him to his wife and the words that were spoken by him. Every Muslim has a firm belief in the existence of angels and their importance in being a connection with God.
So many righteous people in addition to the prophets of God have attested to the existence of the angels throughout the history of religion. All religions have mentioned the existence and the functions of angels in one form or another. Their description may vary from religion to religion but there is no doubt that all religions believe in their existence. Some religions have even gone so far as to worship the angels. Even the faiths that existed in pre-historic times have left impressions about the angels through art forms.
In the modern era, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community provided detailed knowledge about the working of the angels. His knowledge was based on personal experiences and bears the conviction of certainty, as opposed to the fairy tales and fables we so often hear. Not only did he personally experience this interaction with angels, his teachings and prayers produced companions and disciples whose spiritual caliber allowed the same. The existence of angels is intimately tied to the existence of God and is therefore, fundamental to understanding the universal order of God. Through His angels, God sustains the continual operational systems within nature, and provides the means by which humanity is guided to eventually achieve a union with its Creator.
The story of Adam (as) in the Holy Qur’an mentions the angels as key players in the discussion about making him the successor of God on earth. This is where the distinction between Iblis (Lucifer) and the angels is made. Angels are described as the servants of God, having no choice of disobedience, and Iblis being the entity that dees the commands of God. Human beings were given the choice to follow the behavior of angels, unquestionable obedience to God, or to follow Iblis and defy and ignore the commandments of God.
Islam has presented extensive details about the function of angels through the Holy Qur’an and the ah-Hadith (quotations of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa)). In this issue, we have compiled various articles to present readers with the Islamic viewpoint about angels. In the modern times, people hesitate to talk about angels because it may sound like unscientic gibberish. The knowledge of the unseen may embarrass those who have not experienced it, but it cannot refute the existence of this creation of Allah.
It is our hope that this material will give some guidance to interested readers about the existence of angels. It will also shed some light on some current beliefs such as guardian angels, their roles and the Islamic viewpoint about them.
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