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Belief in Angels
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By: Dr. Ismail Ulukus Email Article
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Dear Readers,

The second pillar of faith is belief in Angels. Angels belong to The Amr Alam (The Command World or The Angelic World), which is one of the two big worlds which was created by Allah (swt). It is an unseen world, which is also called as world of spirits. It is not possible to perceive this world with the equipment and possibilities of the material world. Believers can understand, accept and approve the unseen world only by their hearts. The heart is the window which is opened to the spiritual world. However, if Allah (swt) allows, the ones in this world can see them.

Gabriel (a.s.) appeared to Maryam the Virgin as a man, as it is stated in the meaning of verse of Qur'an "We sent her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects." [Maryam, 17].

"Gabriel appeared in front of Rasulullah (s.a.w) as a man generally as one of his companions called Dihyah. Some of the companions of Rasulullah also saw Gabriel as a man." [1]

# The companions of Rasulullah (s.a.w) saw Gabriel

The famous "faith, Islam, beneficence" hadith is the most important evidence of it. Abu Huraira (r.a.) states:

One day Rasulullah (s.a.w) was sitting outside. Someone came and asked: "What is Faith?" Rasulullah (s.a.w) answered:

"Faith is believing in Allah, His Angels, His Messengers, returning to Allah (swt) again and also resurrection."

He asked "What is Islam?" and Rasulullah (s.a.w) ordered:

"Islam is worshipping Allah (swt), not setting partners to Him, performing salat, paying Zakat, and fasting in Ramadan."

He asked "What does beneficence mean?

Rasulullah ordered, "Worshipping Allah (swt) as if you are seeing Him. If you cannot see Allah (swt), He will see you without doubt."

He asked, "When is the doomsday?" He ordered that: "The person who is asked is not wiser on the subject than the person who asks the question."

After Rasulullah stated something about doomsday, the man walked away.

Rasulullah (s.a.w) ordered that: "Stop him." but they could not find the man. Rasulullah said

"This is Gabriel (a.s). He is here to teach religion to the people." [Bukhari]

On the other hand, the verses of Qur'an state that Gabriel read Qur'an for Rasulullah (s.a.w) and Rasulullah (s.a.w) tried to read Qur'an with him not to forget and Allah (swt) warned him not to hurry but listen:

"Move not thy tongue concerning the (Qur'an) to make haste therewith." [Qiyamah, 16]

"It is for Us to collect it and to recite it" [Qiyamah, 17]

# Another story

Dear Readers, there are also other stories, which represent that the angels especially Gabriel was seen by Rasulullah and some of his companions:

"Rasulullah met a group from his companions in Savreyn, which is close to Medina on the fifth year of Hijra before he traveled to Benu Qurayza.

- Didn't you meet anyone?

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Dr. Ismail Ulukus is a former phytopathologist and researcher. He has various articles written on plant diseases. In these days, he has begun to write articles on moral values due to a moral degeneration growing up on all the world. He is publishing now these articles on his blog, and on his website,

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