Angels : Kitab Al-Aqaid Author Sadrul Afazil Shaykh Sayyid Nayimuddin Muradabadi


Angels are faithful and honourable slaves of Allah ﷻ. They never disobey Allah ﷻ. They are divinely protected from committing sins. Their bodies are made of light. They do not eat or drink. They are always busy in worshipping Allah ﷻ.

Allah ﷻ has granted them the power to assume any shape they want. They are appointed to carry out various tasks such as:

  • Guarding Paradise
  • Guarding Hell
  • Writing the deeds of men
  • Delivering sustenance
  • Causing rainfall
  • Fashioning the faces of children in their mothers' wombs
  • Protecting humans
  • Seizing souls [i.e., administering death]
  • Interrogating the dead in their graves
  • Administering punishment

Delivering the greetings and prayers of blessings upon our Master, RasulAllah ﷺ invoked by Muslims Bringing revelation to Prophets عليهم السلام.

Allah ﷻ has given immense strength and incredible powers to angels. They can perform feats which a hundred thousand humans put together will not be able to do. The following four are the greatest among all angels:


 1. Sayyiduna Jibril عليه السلام
 2. Sayyiduna Mika'il عليه السلام
 3. Sayyiduna Israfil عليه السلام
 4. Sayyiduna Azra'il (30) [the Angel of Death] عليه السلام

Questions IV: Angels

1. Can we see angels?
Answer: Even though we do not [commonly] see angels, there are people whom Allah ﷻ has given the power to see angels. Prophets عليهم السلام can see angels and talk to them [in this world]. Dead people see angels in their graves. Also, all others whom Allah ﷻ allows can see them (31).


2. Is it a single angel who writes down the deeds of a human during his entire life, or will there be many?
Answer: Various angels are given these duties; [among those we know] there is one angel who records good deeds and another who notes down bad deeds; also, the angels in the day time are different from those who write deeds in the night.

3. How many angels are there in all?
Answer: There are numerous angels. Their number is not known (32).


(30) The names Mikaiyl, Jibril are mentioned in the Qur'an: the name of Israfil is mentioned in hadith and the name Azrail is not mentioned in either the Qur'an or the sunnah, where he is only referred to as: Malak al- Mawt [the Angel of Death]. However, the angel is commonly known by this name: some have said that it is probably derived from Jewish narrations. Allah tadlo knows best. Also, the name is pronounced both with fat'hah and kasrah - Azrail and Izrail. [Taj al-Arus]

(31) If Allah so wills, some common people can also see angels.

(32) Only Allah taala who has created them, or those whom Alloh has granted knowledge, know about the number of angels that exist.

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