In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Young Enlightened Submitters

We always hear our friends and sometimes our family talk about angels. We see angels in the movies and in paintings. We even see some statues or figurines of angels in the gift shops. What is the truth about angels?. We can find the truth about angels in the book given to us by God, the Quran. Let us think about some of the common questions about angels and find their answers in the Quran.

Do angels really exist?

God teaches us in the Quran that He created angels as well as He created us, the humans. God expects us to believe in angels, to believe that they exist ,and that they are creatures of God who do whatever God tells them to do.

I seek refuge in God from Satan the rejected

[2:285] The messenger has believed in what was sent down to him from his Lord, and so did the believers. They believe in GOD, His angels, His scripture, and His messengers: "We make no distinction among any of His messengers." They say, "We hear, and we obey. Forgive us, our Lord. To You is the ultimate destiny."

[2:177] Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who believe in GOD, the Last Day, the angels, the scripture, and the prophets; and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveling alien, the beggars, and to free the slaves; and they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat); and they keep their word whenever they make a promise; and they steadfastly persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and war. These are the truthful; these are the righteous.

[4:136] O you who believe, you shall believe in GOD and His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed through His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed before that. Anyone who refuses to believe in GOD, and His angels, and His scriptures, and His messengers, and the Last Day, has indeed strayed far astray.


distinction = making a difference.

scripture = sacred book, for example the Quran and the Bible.

righteousness = acting according to God's law.

steadfast= firm in belief.

persevere= to persist or continue in his state or action.

persecution = harassment, bothering or annoyed.

hardship = difficulty.

rejoice= to feel joy.

implore = to pray or call upon.

Do we have guardian angels?

God teaches us in the Quran that He sends angels to be with us, and to record everything we do. For the believers, the angels protect them, guard, support and help them if necessary.

[13:11] Shifts (of angels) take turns, staying with each one of you - they are in front of you and behind you. They stay with you, and guard you in accordance with GOD's commands. Thus, GOD does not change the condition of any people unless they themselves make the decision to change. If GOD wills any hardship for any people, no force can stop it. For they have none beside Him as Lord and Master.

[33:43] He is the One who helps you, together with His angels, to lead you out of darkness into the light. He is Most Merciful towards the believers.

[50:17] Two recording (angels), at right and at left, are constantly recording.

[41:30] Those who proclaim: "Our Lord is GOD," then lead a righteous life, the angels descend upon them: "You shall have no fear, nor shall you grieve. Rejoice in the good news that Paradise has been reserved for you.

[3:124] You told the believers, "Is it not enough that your Lord supports you with three thousand angels, sent down?"
[3:125] Indeed, if you steadfastly persevere and maintain righteousness, then they attack you suddenly, your Lord will support you with five thousand* angels, well trained.

[8:9] Thus, when you implored your Lord to come to the rescue, He responded to you: "I am supporting you with one thousand angels in succession."

[33:43] He is the One who helps you, together with His angels, to lead you out of darkness into the light. He is Most Merciful towards the believers.

Can we see the angels?

If God wills we can see angels. This happens to some people who are given a special message from God. It is not a common thing to happen and usually is a very personal and special message to that person. God told us in the Quran about few cases when he sent the angels to the people to give them special messages. The angels spoke with Abraham, Mary, Zacharia, and Lot, for example.

[3:39] The angels called him (Zacharia) when he was praying in the sanctuary: "GOD gives you good news of John; a believer in the word of GOD, honorable, moral, and a righteous prophet."

[3:42] The angels said, "O Mary, GOD has chosen you and purified you. He has chosen you from all the women.

[3:45] The angels said, "O Mary, GOD gives you good news: a Word from Him whose name is `The Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary. He will be prominent in this life and in the Hereafter, and one of those closest to Me.'

[11:81] (The angels) said, "O Lot, we are your Lord's messengers, and these people cannot touch you. You shall leave with your family during the night, and let not anyone of you look back, except your wife; she is condemned along with those who are condemned. Their appointed time is the morning. Is not the morning soon enough?"


sanctuary = a room or place where worship is held.

honorable = deserving honor and respect.

condemn = to pronounce guilty.

purify= to make pure.

What do Angels look like?

Although the movies and TV made us think of angels in a certain way, it is not the true picture of angels. Angels are created different than human beings. They can see us but we cannot see them in their original form. When the angels went to Abraham and Lot they went to him like regular human beings so they could see them and talk to them. God described the angels in the Quran as having wings but this could be just to make it simple for us to understand.

[35:1] Praise be to GOD, Initiator of the heavens and the earth, and appointer of the angels to be messengers with wings - two, three, and four (wings). He increases the creation as He wills. GOD is Omnipotent.

What do Angels do?

The word, angel by definition means a messenger, to bring a message, announce or proclaim. If we study the Quran, we will find this definition very clear. Angels like all the creations of God are always praising God and glorifying Him. As we can see from the previous verses and the next ones, Angels do a variety of things; act as messengers of God in bringing His message to us, guard us, protect us, keep records of what we do, fight next to us in our battles, carry out God's orders, including passing on the blessings to the believers or the punishments for disbelievers, or ending the lives of those whose lives come to an end.

[97:4] The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by their Lord's leave, to carry out every command.

[16:2] He sends down the angels with the revelations, carrying His commands, to whomever He chooses from among His servants: "You shall preach that there is no other god beside Me; You shall reverence Me."

[22:75] GOD chooses from among the angels messengers, as well as from among the people. GOD is Hearer, Seer.

[16:49] To GOD prostrates everything in the heavens and everything on earth - every creature - and so do the angels; without the least arrogance.

What is the Angels' Shahada (declaration of faith)?

It is the same Shahada like that of God and like that of the believers who know their religion right. It is "There is no god except the One GOD." "La Elaha Ella Allah"

[3:18] GOD bears witness that there is no god except He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge. Truthfully and equitably, He is the absolute god; there is no god but He, the Almighty, Most Wise.

Do Good People Become Angels When They Die?

NO. People are people and angels are angels, they are a different creations than us. When we die , our soul goes up to heaven and we stay as we were before, human souls.

[39:42] GOD puts the souls to death when the end of their life comes, and also at the time of sleep. Thus, He takes some back during their sleep, while others are allowed to continue living until the end of their predetermined interim. This should provide lessons for people who reflect.

Do angels know everything?

NO. Only God knows everything. Angels know only what God wants them to know.

[2:30] Recall that your Lord said to the angels, "I am placing a representative (a temporary god) on Earth." They said, "Will You place therein one who will spread evil therein and shed blood, while we sing Your praises, glorify You, and uphold Your absolute authority?" He said, "I know what you do not know."


initiator= the one who causes the beginning.

Omnipotent= having unlimited power, authority and influence.

reverence= to honor and respect deeply.

equitably= fairly

predetermined= to determine ahead of time.

interim= an interval or intervening time.

Should we pray to the angels, praise them or thank them?

NO. Angels do not do anything on their own. Anything that happens to us, happens because of God , not the angels. Praying should be ONLY to God, praising and thanking should be ONLY to God.

[16:49] To God prostrates everything in the heavens and everything on earth - every creature - and so do the angels; without the least arrogance.
[16:50] They reverence their Lord, high above them, and they do what they are commanded to do.

People who pray to angels or believe that the angels can do anything on their own are not believers.

If you need to pray for anything, health, success, money, friends, brothers or sisters you should pray to God ALONE.

God is very near to us and He listens to those who pray to Him, if they listen to Him.

  1. God expects us to believe in which ones?

    Believe in God

    Believe in the angels

    Believe in the scriptures

    Believe in God's messengers

    Believe in the Hereafter

    all of the above

  2. Do good people become angels when they die ?
  3. Should we thank the angels when good things happen to us?
  4. What do angels do ?
  5. What is the angels Shahada?