What Do Muslims Believe About Angels?

Many of us in Western civilizations have somewhat of a familiarity with what the Bible teaches about angels, such as the scene depicted in the image below of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.  But what do Muslims believe?

  • Learn the basic teachings of Islam regarding angels, their creation, and their attributes.

“Belief in angels is one of the six articles of faith in Islam, and all Muslims must accept their existence. The Qur’an emphasizes this in the following verse: “The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. All believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books and His Messengers.” (Qur’an 2:285). Although angels are part of the unseen and therefore mysterious, the Qur’an and hadith offer some insight into the creation of angels, their attributes, and their purpose. “

* * This article discusses:

  1. What Are Angels?

  2. Why Were Angels Created?

  3. How Many Angels Are There? Where Do Angels Live?

  4. What Do Angels Look Like? Do Angels Have Wings?

  5. How Big Are Angels?

  6. Are Angels Male or Female?

  7. Angels Can Take the Form of Humans

* * More Reading on Islamic Beliefs

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* Muslims invoke Allah’s blessings on the Prophet Muhammad whenever his name is mentioned.

All articles were written by Christine Benlafquih, a Morocco-based writer who covers varied topics including religion, food, health and culture.

**BLOG PUBLISHER’S COMMENT: I was also Contributing Writer for Suite101.com but I like to share contributions made by fellow freelance writers such as this one. Writers for Suite101.com are often professionals who publish articles on a wide range of topics from current political issues to ancient history, health, food, entertainment, religion and more. It takes no effort to search the database and find articles on just about anything.

Angel Comforts Jesus

Image Credit:

Carl Heinrich Bloch: Angel comforts Jesus before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane

Source: Wikimedia Commons

A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels “… the fruit of 16 years of research in Talmudic, gnostic, cabalistic, apocalyptic, patristic, and legendary texts. …”

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