Angels (Arabic: ملائكة, Malāʾikah; Turkish: Melek) are mentioned many times in the Qur'an and Hadith. Islam is clear on the nature of angels in that they are messengers of God. They have no free will, and can do only what God orders them to do. An example of a task they carry out is that of testing individuals by granting them abundant wealth and curing their illness. Believing in angels is one of the six Articles of Faith in Islam.

Some examples of angels in Islam:

  • Jibrail: the archangel Gabriel and Jibrail is an archangel who serves as a messenger from God.
  • Michael: the angel of nature.
  • Darda'il: the angels who travel in the earth searching out assemblies where people remember God’s name. Harut and Marut are two angels mentioned in Qur'an, who were sent down to test the people at Babylon.
  • Kiraman Katibin: the two angels who record a person's good and bad deeds.
  • Mu'aqqibat: a class of guardian angels who keep people from death until its decreed time.
  • Malak Al-maut: the angel of death.
  • Munkar and Nakir: the angels who test the faith of the dead in their graves. They ask the soul of the dead person questions. If the person fails the questions, the angels make the man suffer until the Day of Judgement. If the soul passes the questions, he will have a pleasant time in the grave until the Day of Judgement.
  • Israfil: the angel that will blow the trumpet on the Day of Judgement, or Al-Qiyama.
  • Ridwan: the angel in charge of maintaining Jannah or Paradise.
  • Maalik: the angel who keeps or guards hellfire.

Read more about AngelBahá'í Faith, Contemporary Belief in Angels

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Famous quotes containing the word angel:

    And even you will come to this foul shame,
    This ultimate infection,
    Star of my eyes, my being’s inner flame,
    My angel and my passion!
    Allen Tate (1899–1979)

    The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.”
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 1:35.

    In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
    Bible: New Testament, Luke 2:8,9.