Most Christians admit that since Jesus said so, we must all be the children of the Father.
So we are of the same substance as God, spiritually.
Then what are angels? Did He make something that wasn’t related to Himself?
Are angels the stepchildren of God?
What is Lucifer or Satan then, the fallen angel?
Or is it more likely that angels are also His children, ones who never left His side, and they are actually exactly the same as us?
What are your thoughts on the nature of angels?
Reality of Angels
In common folklore, angels are thought of as good forces of nature, hologram images, or illusions. Western iconography sometimes depicts angels as fat cherubic babies or handsome young men or women with a halo surrounding their head. In Islamic doctrine, they are real created beings who will eventually suffer death, but are generally hidden from our senses.
They are not divine or semi-divine, and they are not GodвЂ™s associates running different districts of the universe. Also, they are not objects to be worshipped or prayed to, as they do not deliver our prayers to God. They all submit to God and carry out His commands.
In the Islamic worldview, there are no fallen angels: they are not divided into вЂgoodвЂ™ and вЂevilвЂ™ angels. Human beings do not become angels after death. Satan is not a fallen angel, but is one of the jinn, a creation of God parallel to human beings and angels.
Angels were created from light before human beings were created, and thus their graphic or symbolic representation in Islamic art is rare. Nevertheless, they are generally beautiful beings with wings as described in Muslim scripture.
Angels form different cosmic hierarchies and orders in the sense that they are of different size, status, and merit.
The greatest of them is Gabriel. The Prophet of Islam actually saw him in his original form. Also, the attendants of GodвЂ™s Throne are among the greatest angels. They love the believers and beseech God to forgive them their sins. They carry the Throne of God, about whom the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said:
вЂњI have been given permission to speak about one of the angels of God who carry the Throne. The distance between his ear-lobes and his shoulders is equivalent to a seven-hundred-year journey.вЂќ (Abu Daud)
They do not eat or drink. The angels do not get bored or tired of worshipping God:
вЂњThey celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they ever slacken.вЂќ (Quran 21:20)
The Number of Angels
How many angels there are? Only God knows. The Much-Frequented House is a sacred heavenly sanctuary above the Kaaba, the black cube in the city of Mecca. Every day seventy thousand angels visit it and leave, never returning to it again, followed by another group.
The Names of Angels
Muslims believe in specific angels mentioned in the Islamic sources like Jibreel (Gabriel), Mika’eel (Michael), Israfeel, Malik – the guard over Hell, and others. Of these, only Gabriel and Michael are mentioned in the Bible.
The angels possess great powers given to them by God. They can take on different forms. The Muslim scripture describes how at the moment of JesusвЂ™ conception, God sent Gabriel to Mary in the form of a man:
вЂњвЂ¦Then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.вЂќ (Quran 19:17)
Angels also visited Abraham in human form. Similarly, angels came to Lot to deliver him from danger in the form of handsome, young men. Gabriel used to visit Prophet Muhammad in different forms. Sometimes, he would appear in the form of one of his handsome disciples, and sometimes in the form of a desert Bedouin.
Angels have the ability to take human forms in some circumstances involving common people.
Gabriel is GodвЂ™s heavenly messenger to mankind. He would convey the revelation from God to His human messengers. God says:
вЂњSay: whoever is an enemy to Gabriel – for he brings down the (revelation) to your heart by GodвЂ™s will…вЂќ (Quran 2:97)
Tasks of the Angels
Some angels are put in charge of executing GodвЂ™s law in the physical world. Michael is responsible for rain, directing it wherever God wishes. He has helpers who assist him by the command of his Lord: they direct the winds and clouds, as God wills. Another is responsible for blowing the Horn, which will be blown by Israafeel at the onset of the Day of Judgment. Others are responsible for taking souls out of the bodies at the time of death: the Angel of Death and his assistants. God says:
servants and protectors..