The articles of faith are part of the foundation of what we believe in as Muslims. One of the articles of faith is belief in angels. Who are the angels? What do they look like?
Belief in Angels of God
Many people around different societies and different backgrounds believe in angels and devils. Have you ever had that little inner voice of feeling that maybe something you’re doing is right and pushes you to do something good, or you feel that thing is wrong or immoral?
There are those times where we feel that we’re protected from a disaster. For example, you may run through the red light and are saved from having an accident.
This in western culture would be referred to as “the guardian angel.”
In Islam, belief in angels is an integral part of our faith. Unlike in Christianity, angels don’t have a gender; they are made of a pure type of light “nur”; they lack the ability to make their own decisions.
Functions of Angels
Angels are like robots of Allah the Almighty, they are God’s servants who have different tasks and different functions and roles to fulfill.
Gabriel, for example, is one of the main archangels that carries messages to the Prophets.
We have angels of the mountains, we have angel Michael who is in control of the weather.
There are angels called qareen that record our good and bad deeds. This recording tablet will be presented for us on the Day of Judgment and we will be able to see the right and wrong we did in life.
There is the angel of death, which very famously, is the one who takes the soul from the dying person.
Angels Love Goodness
Actually the angels are incapable of doing evil, not just because they’re sort of robots of God, but they only have the capability to do good and to tell us to do good.
Angels love good and love people who do good. This is a message to us: if you ever feel that little feeling in your heart saying, “this is the right thing to do”, maybe it’s an angel whispering to your heart, who knows?