As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 6


Dwelling places of the Angels and their Status

Dwelling place: The dwelling place of the angels is in the heavens and they come down to the earth by the command of Allah to fulfill the tasks they have been entrusted, and on special occasions such as, Laylatul-Qadr. 'The night of al-Qadr is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshiping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months). Therein descend the angels and the Ruh (i.e., Jibraeel) by Allah's Permission with all Decrees. Peace! Until the appearance of dawn.' [Soorah al-Qadr (97): 1-5]

Status: Angels vary in their status before their Lord. Allah said concerning Jibraeel (alaihi as-salaam), 'Verily, this is the Word (this Qur'aan brought by) a most honorable messenger [from Allah to the Prophet r]. Owner of power, and high rank with the Lord of the Throne…' [Soorah at-Takwir (81): 19-20]

The best of angels are those who were present at the battle of Badr. In Saheeh al-Bukharee, it is narrated from Rafaa'ah ibn Raafi that Jibraeel came to the Prophet (sallallahu alahi wa-sallam) and said, 'What do you think of the people of Badr among you (i.e., those among you who were present at Badr)?' He said, 'They are among the best of Muslims' or similar words. Jibraeel (alaihi as-salaam) said, 'The same is true of the angels who were present at Badr.' [Saheeh al-Bukharee (7/312, hadeeth no. 3992)]

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