The Supplications of those Angels who are very Close to Allah
The Quran says, “Those [angels] who carry the Throne and those around it exalt [ Allah ] with praise of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], “Our Lord, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire. Our Lord, and admit them to gardens of perpetual residence which You have promised them and whoever was righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”
The believer recognizes that the angels are a very good and magnificent creation. As we have learnt earlier, Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) describes Angel Jibreel as having six hundred wings. (al-Bukhaaree) Another hadteeth in Saheeh Muslim describes Angel Jibreel once as filling up the entire horizon. The goodness and magnificence of this creation of Allah certainly points to the greatness and magnificence of its Creator. It is this knowledge that deepens a person’s love, awe and admiration for Allah.
The Electrifying Possibility of Observing Angels
Usayd ibn Hudhayr was reciting the Quran in his enclosure one night when his horse began to jump about frantically. Repeatedly Usayd would stop his recitation until the horse was calm. No sooner had he resumed reciting than the horse would again begin to jump wildly. Eventually he stopped altogether for fear of having his son trampled over by the horse.
Usayd observed, while standing near the horse, something like a canopy over his head with what seemed to be lamps in it rising up in the sky until it disappeared. The next day, he approached the Prophet (pbuh) and informed him of what he had seen the previous night. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Those were the angels who listened to you; and if you had continued reciting, the people would have seen them in the morning and they would not have concealed themselves from them.” (Saheeh Muslim, English translation by Abdul-Hameed Siddeeqee, Hadteeth no. 1742)
Loving Others for Allah’s Sake
Abu Hurayrah narrated that Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “A man set out to visit a brother [in faith] of his in another town, and Allah appointed an angel for him on his way. When he came to him, the angel asked, “Where do you intend to go?” The man replied, “I intend to visit a brother of mine in this town.” The angel then said, “Do you have any property with him that you want to check on?” He replied, “No, it is only because I love him for the sake of Allah Most High.” The angel then said, “I am a messenger to you from Allah [to inform you] that Allah loves you as you love him for His sake.” (Muslim) This hadteeth indicates that the angels can assume human shape by Allah’s leave.
The angels record the words and deeds of each and every one of us. They are always in our presence. This is the reason why the Prophet (pbuh) stated, “Whoever eats of this [offensive] plant (i.e. garlic) must not approach our mosque, for the angels are harmed by that which harms humans.” (Muslim)
Hence, even if no other humans are around, the believer knows that the angels are around; therefore, he should always remain careful and modest in their presence. He should avoid doing anything that may annoy and harm these beloved noble creatures. It is important to note that the angels are neither male norfemale, and that they neither eat nor drink.
A very delightful hadeeth narrates some of the functions of the angels. Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “Allah has some angels who look for those who celebrate the praises of Allah on the roads and paths, and when they find some people celebrating the praises of Allah, they call each other saying, “Come to the object of your pursuit” The angels then encircle them with their wings up to the sky of the world. Then their Lord asks them, although He is Most Knowledgeable of them, “What do my slaves say?” The angels reply, They say: “Sub-haanallaah, AUaahu Akbar and al-Hamdulillaah.” Allah then says, “Did they see Me?” The angels reply, “No, by Allah, they did not see You.” Allah says, “How would it have been if they saw Me?” The angels reply, “If they saw You, they would worship You more devoutly and celebrate Your Glory more deeply, and more often declare Your freedom from any resemblance to anything…”
Belief in the angels is one of the essential articles of faith. Therefore, if a person does not believe in them, he is without doubt a disbeliever.