Al-Qawiyy gave one angel the strength to overturn a whole city or uproot a mountain, & this angel & all others, despite their enormous strength, tremble out of awe & fear of His greatness.
Belief in angels is one of the six pillars of belief or faith without which there is no faith. Whoever does not believe in any of these pillars is not a believer (mumin). These pillars are belief in: Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and that predestination, both good and bad, comes from Allah.
Increase your knowledge of the angels, which hopefully will make you realize the greatness of the Creator and the greatness of this religion which has told us so much about them.
Of what are they created?
They are created from light, as ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘The angels are created from light, just as the jinn are created from smokeless fire and mankind is created from what you have been told about.’” [Muslim].
Their great size:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, describing Jibreel: “I saw Jibreel descending from heaven, and his great size filled the space between heaven and earth.” [Muslim].
“From Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who said: ‘I have been given permission to speak about one of the angels of Allah who carry the Throne. The distance between his ear-lobes and his shoulders is equivalent to a seven-hundred-year journey.’” [Abu Dawood].
They have wings:
Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Praise be to Allah, Who created (out of nothing) the heavens and the earth, Who made the angels messengers with wings – two, or three, or four (pairs) adds to Creation as He pleases: for Allah has power over all things.” [35:1]
They do not eat or drink:
“But when he [Ibrahim] saw their hands went not towards the (meal), he felt some mistrust of them, and conceived a fear of them. They said: ‘Fear not: we have been sent against the people of Lut.’” [11:70]
The angels are many, and their number is known only to Allah. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, describing the Much-Frequented House (al-Bayt al-M’amoor) in the seventh heaven:
“Then I was taken up to the Much-Frequented House: every day seventy thousand angels visit it and leave, never returning to it again, another [group] coming after them.” [al-Bukhaari].
The angels have great powers given to them by Allah, including the following:
The ability to take on different forms. Allah has given the angels the ability to take on forms other than their own. Allah sent Jibreel to Maryam in the form of a man, as Allah says:
“. . . Then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.” [19:17]
“Verily, Allaah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He wills; and whoever sets up partners with Allaah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin”. [al-Nisa’ 4:48]
“Verily, whosoever sets up partners (in worship) with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise to him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers”. [al-Maa’idah 5:72]
Every wise and religiously-committed person should fear shirk for himself and should turn to his Lord, asking Him to help him avoid shirk, as al-Khaleel [Ibraaheem – peace be upon him] said: “and keep me and my sons away from worshipping idols”. [Ibraaheem 14:35 – interpretation of the meaning]
And of mankind are some who take (for worship) others besides Allaah as rivals (to Allaah). They love them as they love Allaah”. [al-Baqarah 2:165]
“Then do not set up rivals unto Allaah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped)”. [al-Baqarah 2:22]
“And they set up rivals to Allaah, to mislead (men) from His path! Say: ‘Enjoy (your brief life)! But certainly, your destination is the (Hell) Fire!’” . [Ibraaheem 14:30]
The heart is of three types:
- Correct heart
- Dead heart
- Diseased heart
(i) The correct heart that is secure from all desires that oppose the command o f Allah and His prohibitions, and it is secure form all doubts that contradict what He informs. Just as it is secure from worshipping anything else besides Allah and from seeking judgement from any person other than His Messenger.
(ii) The dead heart, this being the opposite o f the correct heart containing no life, neither knowing its Lord nor w orshipping Him.
(iii) The heart that has some life but also has a defect. So it contains love o f Allah, faith in Him, sincerity and trust towards Him from those things that are essendal to it remaining alive. It also contains the love o f vain desires and preference for them, despicable morals and manners from those things that cause it to die, and it is condnously wavering between these two conditions.
So the first type o f heart is the living, humble, soft and gentle heart. The second is the dry, harsh and dead heart. The third is the heart which is diseased, it can either be made secure or have its destruction sealed.