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Belief in Angels – Creatures of Light

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?

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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.

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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?

About Ustadha Ameena Blake
From Sheffield, UK; Ustadha Ameena Blake embraced Islam in 1992. Her academic qualifications include undergraduate in English Studies, Post Graduate in teaching, MSc in Leadership and Management and MA in Islamic Studies.Ameena has been active since 1994 having studied under various shuyukh and academics including Dr Jamal Badawi, Sh Abdul Aziz Atiq (Yemen), Sh Faisal Manjoo, Dr Atullah Siddiqui and others. Roles have included Vice President of MAB, Assistant Secretary General of the MCB and Head teacher of a girl’s Islamic school. She is founding director of the EHUK women’s refuge project and is a lecturer at Markfield Institute of Higher Education. She also sits on Mosque boards and is an Islamic advisor on Halal Guide.Ustadha Ameena lectures about Islam nationally and internationally and has appeared at conferences, fundraisers and events across the globe.Her topics include tazkiyah, women in the Quran, dawah and Seerah and others. She delivers regular live interactive lectures on Facebook and has appeared on channels including Channel 4, Sky TV, The Islam channel, BBC radio, Iqraa TV and others.