The Malaa’ikah (Angels) Of Allah Ta’ala
Angels are the creation of Allah Ta’ala, made from “Noor” (Light). Angels are “Masoom” (sinless). They are pure from all types of small and large sins. Malaa’ikah are obedient servants of Allah Ta’ala. They do what Allah Ta’ala commands them. They are countless in number. Only Allah Ta’ala knows how many Angels there are. Allah Ta’ala has also shown their exact numbers to his special servants like the Ambiya (Prophets). Angels are neither male nor female. They have been given the strength by Allah Ta’ala to turn into whatever shape or form they wish, whether it be of a human or of another creation.
Allah Ta’ala has given the Malaa’ikah many types of duties: some Angels have a fixed duty of taking out the soul, some to give rain, some have been given the task to create the face of a child in the mother’s womb, some to write the deeds of an individual, writing our daily actions, attending Islamic functions like Zikr, sending Durood and Salaams upon our Nabi Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam), and taking our Durood and Salaams to him. Some are in the constant position of Sajdah, Ruku, and Qiyaam and are busy remembering Almighty Allah Ta’ala all the time, etc.
There is a river in Heaven wherein whenever Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) submerges his wings and shakes it, small droplets of water drip from it. From each droplet, an Angel is created. Indeed, one cannot estimate the droplets of water that drip from the wings of Hazrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam). Why? Simply, because Hazrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) has 600 wings and each wing is so huge that when it spreads out, it casts a shadow over the entire sky.
Hazrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam) is the Leader of the Angels. The names of the four famous Angels are: Hazrat Jibraeel (alaihis salaam), Hazrat Mikaaeel (alaihis salaam), Hazrat Izraeel (alaihis salaam), and Hazrat Israfeel (alaihis salaam). The names of a few more Angels are: Kiraaman Khaatibeen, Munkar and Nakeer, Ridwaan and Maalik.
To believe that the Malaa’ikah as “Kadeem” (always have been in existence or always will be in existence) or to believe them as the creators is Kufr. The slightest form of insult for an Angel is also Kufr. Some people call their enemies or oppressors “the Angel of death”. To say such things is not allowed and close to Kufr (infidelity). To reject the existence of Angels or to say that the strength of all good is known as Angels and that there are no such things as Angels are both acts of Kufr.