Four grand angels in Islamic faith

According Islamic aqeedah, in other words faith system, there are four major angels that have various tasks and hold a special “mention” in the divine order.

There are many suras in Holy Quran that teaches us about the characteristics about angels, yet what we know about them is very little compared to the unknowns and mysteries surrounding them. Still, it is every Muslim’s fundamental obligation to believe in angels.

It is really important in today’s climate, where there is influx of premeditated disinformation campaigns about anything Islamic related, to realize that Islam places “these heavenly bodies” in their correct informational form.

Jibril is angel that “brought” Holy Quran, he is like the intermediate messenger. He was responsible for bring all of Quran and other commands and suggestions to Prophet Muhammad(saw). He is mentioned in Sura Al-Baqara

Whoever is the enemy of Allah and His angels and His messengers and Jibril and Mikail, so surely Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers. (Al-Baqara 2/98)

Also in Sura Al-Qadr we learn that he can also be called “Spirit”

Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand (Al_Qadr 97/4)

Mikail is also mentioned in Sura Al-Baqara and he is responsible for “natural occurrences” like the wind and rain and similar events of the nature.

Azrael : We learn about him in sura As-Sajda. He is responsible for taking the lives of human souls upon death.

“The Angel of Death, put in charge of you, will (duly) take your souls: then shall ye be brought back to your Lord.” (Sura As-Sajda 32/11)

Israfil will blow the “trumpet” twice just before the judgement day. His name is not mention in Quran but in this sura we learn about that incident;

The Trumpet will (just) be sounded, when all that are in the heavens and on earth will swoon, except such as it will please Allah (to exempt). Then will a second one be sounded, when, behold, they will be standing and looking on! (Az-Zumar 39/68)

He is also known to glance at “Lawh al- Mahfuz” and read what’s written there and notify the related angels about it. Lawh al-Mahfuz means the “forbidden, hidden, protected “plate” where everything that has happened, is happening and will happen is already written there. It’s like the “grand matrix of human destiny” and this term requires a separate article on its own.

These four grand angels are usually mentioned in Islamic aqeedah studies, however there can be and is, many more angels. The most important aspect of them is to obey Allah(j.j) and carry out His commands and the best Muslims can do about this to “believe” in their existence. The details of their heavenly procedures is not a Muslim’s duty to study, just knowing and obeying is more than enough since Islamic aqeedah is exempt from man-made mythological stories and fictitious narrations.

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