Angels in Sufi Islam

All the Prophets (may God bless him and give him peace) have explained that the Angels are wonderful spiritual beings, who exist to serve God and to do His bidding, God has ordained it that they exist beyond the apparent ‘Laws of Physics’ and thus the Angels may travel great distance, make themselves visible or invisible, tiny or massive and by God’s leave they have the power to effect the world in many ways.

There are untold numbers of Angels who live in Paradise worshiping God (and this is what they love to do) and there are also Angels who perform functions in the world. There are Angels who pray for the Children of Adam and ask God to forgive the people of the Earth, by His leave. There are the great Archangels who selflessly serve God.

God created the Angels early in the existence of space-time. He created them out of pure energy to be His servants and He sent them out into the universe to perform various important functions throughout the universe. Angels have the power of reason and the ability of understanding. They also have a physical form, which they may change in size or appearance.

Angels generally go about their cosmic tasks invisible to men and jinn whom may be nearby. Angels neither eat nor drink as humans do and their subsistence comes to them as they pray to God. They do not have free will and it is their nature to always obey God, thus they only ever want that which God wishes them to.

There are billions of Angels in the multiverse and they each serve God in their own special roles. As is the rest of the natural universe (each and every molecule, every atom and every subatomic particle), the Angels are in complete submission to God.

The Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) also reminded the human race of the correct understanding of God’s servants the Angels (may God bless him and give him peace).

All the Prophets (may God bless him and give him peace) have explained that the Angels are wonderful spiritual beings, who exist to serve God and to do His bidding, God has ordained it that the Angels exist beyond the apparent ‘Laws of Physics’ and thus the Angels may travel great distance, make themselves visible or invisible, tiny or massive and by God’s leave they have the power to effect the world in many ways.

There are untold numbers of Angels who live in Paradise worshiping God (and this is what they love to do) and there are also Angels who perform functions in the world. There are Angels who pray for the human beings and ask God to forgive the people of the Earth, by His leave. There are the great Arch Angels who selflessly serve God, these are, The Holy Spirit Gabriel (may God bless him and give him peace), the head of the Angels, who is carried the Messages from God to His Prophets (may God bless him and give him peace).

The Angel Michael (may God bless him and give him peace), who oversees much of the the Angelic world and much of the provision in the Earthly world.

The Angel Izraeel (may God bless him and give him peace), who takes the souls of the living at their ordained hour. The Angel Israfeel (may God bless him and give him peace), who will one day have the great task of blowing the trumpet that will herald the end of the world and as soon as he blows it the time of the Earthly world will be over.

There are also the Guardian Angels (the Haafizyan) and wherever we are we are accompanied by our own two recording (Kiraaman and Khatibeen) and they record our deeds (both good and bad) and when we a good they are happy, but when we commit ill they are sad with mercy for us.

Unless God orders them to appear to us we can neither hear or see them, but our recording Angels see and hear us (apart from when we are undressed or engaged in marital relations – but then God still knows the benevolent or harmful deeds that we have performed).

When we pass away we human beings are met by the Angels Munkar and Nakeer who ask the deceased person certain questions. They appear in a beautiful form to the good people and a terrifying form to the evil ones.

Furthermore, the Angel Malik (may God bless him and give him peace) is the gatekeeper of Jahannam (the place of punishment) whilst the Angel Ridwaan (may God bless him and give him peace) is the gatekeeper of Paradise.

The Angels were created before us human beings and throughout our lives they have been there with us every step of the way (even if we sometimes forgot about them – they never forgot about us). Over the years some people have made the mistake of asking the Angels for help directly, but the Holy Prophet (may God bless him and give him peace) explained that we must avoid this mistake.

Many modern people have forgotten this but, to directly ask help from Angels is spiritually harmful and debasing to the human, particularly as mischievous Jinn spirits may pretend to be Angels, thus deluding, fooling and harming people who are seeking their help. Angels are wonderful and special beings and they may help us in many many ways, but the thing that we must always remember is that we should only ever pray to God Almighty and ask Him for help – He may then help us directly or through the means of Angels as He wishes.

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