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1 The Angels in the Holy Qur'an Angels are mentioned many times in the Holy Qur'an (Koran). The Qur'an was dictated to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by the Angel Gabriel, the Divine Messenger. At the age of 40, while engaged in a meditative retreat, Muhammad received his first revelation from Allah through the Archangel Gabriel. This revelation is called the Qur'an. Muhammad began to recite the words he heard from Gabriel and to preach what God had revealed to him. The following are a few examples of references to Angels in the Holy Qur'an. In Sura 2, Verses 97 and 98, we read (1 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

2 "Say: Whoever is the enemy of Gabriel -- for surely he revealed it to your heart by Allah's command, verifying that which is before it and guidance and good news for the believers. Whoever is the enemy of Allah and His angels and His apostles and Gabriel and Michael, so surely Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers." In Sura 2, Verse 210, we read "They do not wait aught but that Allah should come to them in the shadows of the clouds along with the angels, and the matter has (already) been decided; and (all) matters are returned to Allah. " In Sura 2, Verse 248, we read "And the prophet said to them: Surely the sign of His kingdom is, that there shall come to you the chest in which there is tranquillity from your Lord and residue of the relics of what the children of Musa and the children of Haroun have left, the angels bearing it; most surely there is a sign in this for those who believe." In Sura 2, Verse 285, we read of the admonition to believe in Angels. (2 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

3 "The apostle believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers; they all believe in Allah and His angels and His books and His apostles; We make no difference between any of His apostles; and they say: We hear and obey, our Lord! Thy forgiveness (do we crave), and to Thee is the eventual course." In Sura 3, Verse 45, we read of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus. "When the angels said: O Marium, surely Allah gives you good news with a Word from Him (of one) whose name is the Messiah, Isa son of Marium, worthy of regard in this world and the hereafter and of those who are made near (to Allah)." In Sura 4, Verse 97, we read "Surely (as for) those whom the angels cause to die while they are unjust to their souls, they shall say: In what state were you? They shall say: We were weak in the earth. They shall say: Was not Allah's earth spacious, so that you should have migrated therein? So these it is whose abode is hell, and it is an evil resort." In Sura 4, Verse 136, we read "O you who believe! believe in Allah and His Apostle and the Book which He has revealed to His Apostle and the Book which He revealed before; and whoever disbelieves in Allah and His angels and His apostles and the last day, he indeed strays off into a remote error." (3 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

4 In Sura 7, Verse 11, we read "And certainly We created you, then We fashioned you, then We said to the angels: Make obeisance to Adam. So they did obeisance except Iblis; he was not of those who did obeisance. He said: What hindered you so that you did not make obeisance when I commanded you? He said: I am better than he: Thou hast created me of fire, while him Thou didst create of dust. He said: Then get forth from this (state), for it does not befit you to behave proudly therein. Go forth, therefore, surely you are of the abject ones." In Sura 13, Verse 10, we read "Alike (to Him) among you is he who conceals (his) words and he who speaks them openly, and he who hides himself by night and (who) goes forth by day. For his sake there are angels following one another, before him and behind him, who guard him by Allah's commandment; surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change their own condition; and when Allah intends evil to a people, there is no averting it, and besides Him they have no protector." In Sura 16, Verse 2, we read (4 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

5 "He sends down the angels with the inspiration by His commandment on whom He pleases of His servants, saying: Give the warning that there is no god but Me, therefore be careful (of your duty) to Me." In Sura 16, Verse 28, we read "Those whom the angels cause to die while they are unjust to themselves. Then would they offer submission: We used not to do any evil. Aye! surely Allah knows what you did." In Sura 21, Verse 103, we read "The great fearful event shall not grieve them, and the angels shall meet them: This is your day which you were promised." In Sura 22, Verse 75, we read "Allah chooses messengers from among the angels and from among the men; surely Allah is Hearing, Seeing." In Sura 25, Verses 21 and 22, we read (5 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

6 "And those who do not hope for Our meeting, say: Why have not angels been sent down upon us, or (why) do we not see our Lord? Now certainly they are too proud of themselves and have revolted in great revolt. On the day when they shall see the angels, there shall be no joy on that day for the guilty, and they shall say: It is a forbidden thing totally prohibited." In Sura 32, Verses 11 and 12, we read "Say: The angel of death who is given charge of you shall cause you to die, then to your Lord you shall be brought back. And could you but see when the guilty shall hang down their heads before their Lord: Our Lord! we have seen and we have heard, therefore send us back, we will do good; surely (now) we are certain." In Sura 33, Verse 43, we read "He it is Who sends His blessings on you, and (so do) His angels, that He may bring you forth out of utter darkness into the light; and He is Merciful to the believers." In Sura 33, Verse 56, we read (6 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

7 "Surely Allah and His angels bless the Prophet; O you who believe! call for (Divine) blessings on him and salute him with a (becoming) salutation." In Sura 35, Verse 1, we read "All praise is due to Allah, the Originator of the heavens and the earth, the Maker of the angels, messengers flying on wings, two, and three, and four; He increases in creation what He pleases; surely Allah has power over all things." In Sura 38, Verses 71 to 79, we read "When your Lord said to the angels; Surely I am going to create a mortal from dust: So when I have made him complete and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down making obeisance to him. And the angels did obeisance, all of them, But not Iblis: he was proud and he was one of the unbelievers. He said: O Iblis! what prevented you that you should do obeisance to him whom I created with My two hands? Are you proud or are you of the exalted ones? He said: I am better than he; Thou hast created me of fire, and him Thou didst create of dust. He said: Then get out of it, for surely you are driven away: And surely My curse is on you to the day of judgment." (7 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

8 In Sura 39, Verse 75, we read "And you shall see the angels going round about the throne glorifying the praise of their Lord; and judgment shall be given between them with justice, and it shall be said: All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds." In Sura 42, Verse 5, we read of the Angels being the guardians of men on Earth, (according to the wishes of Allah). "The heavens may almost rend asunder from above them and the angels sing the praise of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those on earth; now surely Allah is the Forgiving, the Merciful." In Sura 53, Verse 26, we read that the power of Angels is limited to Allah's will. "And how many an angel is there in the heavens whose intercession does not avail at all except after Allah has given permission to whom He pleases and chooses." In Sura 66, Verse 4, we read "If you both turn to Allah, then indeed your hearts are already inclined (to this); and if you back up each other against him, then surely Allah it is Who is his Guardian, and Gabriel and the believers that do good, and the angels after that are the aiders." (8 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

9 In Sura 70, Verse 3, we read "From Allah, the Lord of the ways of Ascent. To Him ascend the angels and the Spirit in a day the measure of which is fifty thousand years. Therefore endure with a goodly patience." In Sura 77, Verses 1 to 6, we read "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. I swear by the emissary winds, sent one after another (for men's benefit), By the raging hurricanes, Which scatter clouds to their destined places, Then separate them one from another, Then I swear by the angels who bring down the revelation, To clear or to warn." In Sura 79, Verses 1 and 2, we read (9 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

10 "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. I swear by the angels who violently pull out the souls of the wicked, And by those who gently draw out the souls of the blessed." In Sura 97, Verses 1 to 5, we read "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Surely We revealed it on the grand night. And what will make you comprehend what the grand night is The grand night is better than a thousand months. The angels and Gabriel descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace! it is till the break of the morning." Click here to return to the Temple of Angels home page (10 of 10) [3/25/2001 4:43:53 PM]

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