THE WORLD OF ANGELS
The worlds can be divided into the following categories.
The World of Souls
The World of souls is pure from ‘form’, ‘space’, ‘period’, 'traces of appearance', 'age', 'shape' and ‘weight’.
Unlike our creation in the world of manifestation (Aalam-e-Shahadah) where we acquire skills and proficiency gradually, (we are born, we grow gradually and reach to the zenith of knowledge and expertise later in our old age), the creation of angels is instantaneous. Meaning, the moment an angel is born, he becomes proficient in everything that was required of him.
There is no age (in the history of creations) when the angels were not there. Therefore, their creation is ‘timeless antiquity’ (Dahri). Meaning we cannot prescribe a time frame for their creation.
It is not like ours, which is ‘periodic antiquity’ (Zamani). Meaning, we can prescribe a time frame of our creation. Like, the grand father is born first, followed by the son and then the grand son.
The Unity of Allah (SWT) is eternal antiquity (Sarmadi). Meaning, there is no one before Allah (SWT).
It is in Quran – ‘And our command is but an instantaneous single word like the twinkling of an eye’. (Al-Qamar – 50).
It is in Quran - ‘ Say O’Prophet (SAWS) the soul is of the command of my Sustainer’. (Bani Isra’el – 85).
It is in Quran - ‘ And when Allah (SWT) wants to decree His behest, He only says ‘Be’, and there it is (the thing comes into existence).’ (Aal-e-Imraan – 47).
Angels are responsible for various types of assignments.
- Hazrat Jibreel (AS) is Allah’s (SWT) Personal Assistant and nucleus of knowledge in the Cosmos. He has been responsible to bring revelations to all Prophets from Allah (SWT). He is very active and chief architect of major works.
- Hazrat Micha’el (AS) is the nucleus of Subsistence in the Cosmos. His primary responsibility is rainfall on planet Earth.
- Hazrat Israfeel (AS) is the nucleus of Life in the Cosmos. His primary responsibilities include arrangements of the Day of Resurrection.
- Hazrat Izra’el (AS) is the nucleus of Allah’s (SWT) Wrath (Qahar) in the Cosmos. His primary responsibility is to cease the souls of human beings when they die.
There are innumerable subordinate angels who work under the 4 Resolute Angels.
Various assignments of Angels have been mentioned in Quran. Following Quranic verses specify some of these assignments.
It is in Quran – ‘Who is an enemy to Allah (SWT), and His angels and His messengers, and Jibreel (AS) and Michael (AS)! Then, look! Allah -SWT (Himself) is an enemy to the disbelievers'. (Al-Baqara – 98).
It is in Quran - 'Say (O’ Mohammad - SAWS, to mankind): Who is an enemy to Jibreel (AS)! For he it is who has revealed (this Scripture - Quran) to your heart by Allah's (SWT) assent, confirming that which was (revealed) before it, and a guidance and glad tidings to believers’. (Al-Baqara – 97).
It is in Quran – '(Remember!) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being), one sitting on the right and one on the left (shoulder, to note his or her actions) . Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)'. (Qaaf – 17-18).
It is in Quran – ‘Yes, if you hold on to patience and piety, and the enemy comes rushing at you; your Lord will help you with five thousand angels having marks (of distinction)'. (Aal-e-Imraan – 125).
It is in Quran – 'The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (Jibreel -AS) on Allah's (SWT) behest with all Decrees. Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah - SWT) to the believers) until the appearance of dawn. (Al-Qadar – 3-5).
In addition, angels are responsible for works in Heaven, Hell and for various works related to Cosmic Administration. Angles are appointed for providing comforts or torment to human beings after their death. There are various Ahadith giving details of Angels' assignments. Concerned books can be studied for details.