Channel: Bilal Philips
Belief in Angels – Part 1
Sheik Bilal discusses the Six Pillars of Faith in a moral principle perspective..
Jumu’ah Khutbah @ Masjid Bin Zaid (FANAR)
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Brothers and sisters
continuing to look at the pillars of humanity from a moral perspective,
we talked about belief in the law and what it meant.
And its implication with regards to our character.
In this book,
we'll be looking at belief in
something which we don't usually talk about very much believe in the age.
Because, to some degree,
we may feel a bit shy about this belief in the angels.
In Western society,
there was a belief.
But with the development in science, technology,
people replace the various things which are attributed to the angel
laws governing the physical world.
So believe that the angels drifted away, and was looked at, as the ancient peoples
attempt to explain
what they didn't know
what was happening in the world around them, they didn't know the forces behind it. So angels was the way to explain it.
Therefore, the modern mind
could not possibly be accepted or rejected.
And I would say personally, when I studied Islam,
I was a communist at the time. And I became impressed with the system, the political, economic, social system of Islam. And I became convinced that the Islamic system really was the solution for human times roles and leads.
The belief in a law took time.
Because the communist one denies God's existence. So even though you may be convinced about the validity of a system, accepting God again, in my life was not an easy step. It took some time. But Allah was merciful. And he showed me
in my own life, my own circumstance, after accepting it, and
stepping forward to learn the different things about Islam practices, etc. When I came to believe that the angels, this was a problem,
I'll say, it was a problem.
At that point, what I did, I said, Okay, I really can't understand it.
But because everything else was right. I accept that it is a lack, on my part, my own inability. So I will just save it until a later point in time when I can handle it. So I went ahead and accepted.
Having uncertainty about
believing in the general sense, but really, if you're the old man saying, Well, can you explain this belief in the ages I was.
So I can understand what would lie in the hearts of people from the west who have rejected this whole idea? And what may lie in the hearts of Muslims today, having been educated in a system, which was produced by those who deny the existence of the angels.
So I wouldn't be surprised.
I wouldn't be surprised to find in this gathering of some 1000 people,
a number of Muslims who would say yeah
I really don't know what to do with this idea.
he made it,
the second pillar of
he made it, the second pillar of faith,
meaning that it's important,
it is very important.
So really, what we need to do is to look to see what is the importance of belief in it.
First and foremost,
when we say,
as the second pillar of faith, belief in the angels, it means belief in their existence,
believe in their existence,
believe in their attributes and their qualities, as a law and His Messenger have described them.
it means also applying that belief
in our life, because, as we said, Every pillar of Islam
and every pillar of the map of faith has relevance.
There is a place has relevance, because the law does not give us knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
This is a Western concept knowledge for the sake of knowledge, Islamic concept is knowledge or its benefit,
knowledge for the benefit of that knowledge, when a law reveals knowledge to us that is because there is benefit in it for us in our life, practical benefit, which is applicable. Otherwise, it is just burning them burdening us with something which we didn't need.
when we look at the various texts of the Quran,
and the Sunnah, there are some basic information that we derive from it about page.
First and foremost, angels
are not what is depicted in the West,
either a man
or a woman with big wings on his or her
nose, nor are they like Cupid, little baby with wings on his back, like
remove those images from the minds and the hearts.
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam informed us
deviated from life.
And again, we have to be clear and understand that when the
angels are created from the light, it doesn't mean that they are light.
Because you have some people
who are believing that angels are like themselves light
gets involved in
certain spiritual exercises,
where they may swing their head from side to side, saying a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of like this, and they will keep saying into swinging and swaying and until they hyperventilate.
And when you hyperventilate, then your eyes playing tricks on you start to see sparks of light.
This is nonsense.
Angels are not themselves light, any more than we as human beings are created from dirt. And we're not
our origin is dirt.
The same components which make up our bodies, you can find it in dirt, clumps of dirt walking around. In the same way, do not consider or think of angels as light.
Because then you open the door as I said,
which claims that you can see the angels like these, you know when you reach certain stages of spiritual
development through these spiritual exercises which have no basis
Which are the problems?
There are sorts of misguidance
innovation religion, Prophet Muhammad did not report in any narration to us that he saw
angels as light, never, not a single authentic narration
described in angels as light.
So therefore, anyone who claims to see the angels, we have to say, are making false claims, please either Come in,
come in, if there's no room for you, and please step back out and let the door be closed, let the door be closed.
So understanding angels continuing to understand and
to fill the circumstances that he wanted them
to operate within.
In the case of Muhammad Rasul Allah when he experienced revelation.
And he felt pressure on himself
in the cave,
the beginnings of revelation when you know, fearfully leaving,
would you bring in Angel Gabriel, filled the horizon,
in whatever direction he looks.
Horizon was filled with being of angel.
We're not talking about that said, Man flying around with wings off their backs.
And, of course, Allah describes the angels with wings. But again, when he describes them with wings, we don't think about the wings of a bird. Because we talk about the wing of an airplane. And we don't think about the wing of a bird.
So, similarly, when they are described as having 246,
large numbers of wings, we don't think bird wings
didn't say early
bird wings. So we don't think in those terms,
we try to limit our grasp to what has been conveyed to us.
we look at the description is found in the Quran and
what we find is that virtually everything
which takes place in this world,
happens through the agency of angels
by laws permission,
and happens through the agency of angels, whether it is the rain, or lightning and thunder, whether it is the growing of the crops, etc. all that happens in the world. Angels are involved in
this is how it is described.
Again, somebody may ask,
Why do angels have to be involved in everything we
could no longer make these things happen without the agency of angels?
This is the question.
I was able to do all
it doesn't need the angels for these things. You think similarly, he doesn't need gravity
for things to fall down.
He doesn't need the other forces of magnetism.
magnetic forces which attract bodies, it doesn't need all of the various scientific laws that we have discovered all the way to equals mc squared.
But he has chosen to create this world governed by these principles.
And as he is created to govern by discernible principles that we can observe under the microscope, etc, is also decided to create it, operating not only under these discernible principles, but under undiscernible principle principles that we can see that are behind it.
My position, magnetism operates through the agency of angels,
we can see the effects of magnetism, we cannot see magnetism.
agents, angels were behind it.
Perhaps the title company will be able to see the magnetic force.
But God will not come when we'll be able to see the angels behind it.
So what is the right tell us about?
Why tell us about something we'll never be able to see.
magnetic forces enough for us? What do we need to know about these angels?
reality is that
telling us about angels,
and their role within the world
is a part and parcel of the overall role of the angels because the angels role doesn't stop there. He goes on to inform us that there are angels each and every one of us has an angel with him or her, which encourages that individual
is an angel with each and every one of us.
Furthermore, there are angels who record IDs,
on the right hand recordings with deeds on the left hand recording.
That's a part and parcel of the overall picture of the angel with regards
and the most important element is there.
Our deeds are being recorded.
So why don't you tell us about these angels recorded so that we will be conscious, more conscious about the fact that whatever we do,
we will have to meet
that it is all required.
To further remind us
to be conscious about what we are doing.
So on one hand,
it should create in us a character
a deliberate character cracker which deliberates whatever it does. Whatever we have to do with deliberate on it.
We ask ourselves, is this really good? Or is it really evil?
Because if I do it and it's not good, it is going to be recorded against
if it is good, to be recorded for me. So I should try to
so I deliberate over the things that I'm going to do. I don't just do things and not a spontaneous person in the sense that I don't stop and think things out.
To me minute law.
deliberation is wrong.
is from Satan. So that's spontaneous character which has has a feeling to it
This is a tactic
and knowledge of the angels is to help us to develop that deliberate
things over things before doing,
thinks about the consequence to come, if these things are done.
And it makes that individual a careful that
you take care in the things that you do.
This is important.
Because much of sin, much of the sinful things that we do, are a result of our heads.
Because we didn't stop and think it through.
So this is a very, very important
concept in our lives, consciousness of the angels.
awareness of their recording, on one hand,
should keep us
on the clear path, straight path, guidance to get all of our careers.
We think about what we're going to do before we
take care, whatever we do.
On the other hand, knowledge that
there is an angel with each and every one of us,
encourages us to good
that should create in us a sense of gratitude.
Because this is a blessing. This is a merging.
This is from the grace of God.
Because he already created us with a consciousness of good and evil, each soul that is created as a law set for
each and every soul is created with the consciousness of good and evil ready.
So this is additional from a law. Something which we don't specifically deserve, it is wrong is
grace that He has given us assigned to each and every one of us, an angel would remind us or would encourage us to do.
thoughts come into our hands. We wonder where they come from.
You want to do something which is not necessarily good. And then the thought comes into your head.
We take it and say well, yeah, something to think about.
We don't stop to think well, where did that thought come from. But the prophet SAW a lot of stuff that has informed us that this is the source. This should remind us to be grateful to Allah, Allah, in our life, special grace that is within each and every one of our lives, to help us to be on the straight path
to forgive our sins, and to give us the reality of faith in the world of angels, and that we apply that belief in our day to day life, and become the deliberate type of individuals which God wished us to become. Believe in the angels.
Believe in the angels represents believe in the unseen world.
Angels were seen by the prophets
and by certain individuals in the past,
who had special relationships with the prophets.
Included in that world of Odyssey be an extension of belief in the angels is belief in the world of the jinn.
The world of the jinn
parallel to our world,
wherein there are beings creatures
Have a free will, as we do.
Unlike the angel angels, who do, as I said, we,
they do whatever they are commanded to do. Angels do a lot of speaking with without any question, they do not challenge our laws, meaning they don't disobey the law.
But a law created another one
which shares with our world the ability to choose between good and evil.
It's a part of the spirit world, we share the spirit world in that we have a spirit and a soul.
But we live in a physical world at the same time, the angels are in the spirit world. But they have an impact in the physical world. There is another
set of beings that live in the spiritual world, known as the gym.
And they have an influence on an effect on this world, this physical world in which we live. And that is why a law spoke about them.
And they were important enough.
That's a chapter from the privates call the chapter of the year.
There's no chapter called the chapter of the angels. But there's a chapter called chapter of the God.
So they are important,
like belief, in the
belief that the world of the jinn has an impact on our character.
And the law inform us about that world for reasons which have to do with our existence, our lives as creatures who should be worshipping along in all aspects of our existence.
The world of the gym, is a big dog.
If you look at the series of books on the pillars of the mat,
this series is available.
It's available at the bookstore Control Center, which is in Doha, the largest bookstore, with the widest selection of English, books on Islam, and other languages. So those of you that are not aware of it, this should take benefit.
In any case, this series, very important,
which each and every family should have in their home.
a scholar has described or elucidated the pillars of the man in a wonderful way in which he has brought all of the evidence.
So you feel a sense of confidence that the information you're receiving is authentic, reliable, and is
dedicated when you look at that series.
The Book of the book, which is on the angels, is about half the size as the book on the world.
Because the topic is a big
and I'm not gonna be able to cover it
unless you all want to stay on.
So enough for us to say that the world of the gym
has an impact in our lives
that we should be aware of.
We shouldn't deny their existence. We should seek knowledge about. Of course, in all of our cultures, we have a whole bunch of folklore stories. We hear about people back in the vintage who had gins were cleaning their homes. Did you live people garage?
It's important to know the truth about
the future. Coming up with Java, we'll look at it in a little more depth.
At least in this world, but enough to know that
the jinn, their origin, they were created from fire.
This is what the prophet SAW Solomon.
And in the same way that the angels are created from light that they're not like the gym were graded from fire.
So if you have pictures of fireballs running around, remove them from your mind.
And the question that some people raised with the jinn are created from fire, and they do good and they do evil. So the evil ones are going to the Hellfire, how can fire fire fire?
That question comes up that's because of a mistaken understanding of what it means to be created from.
But in any case, the simple explanation for that question which might be on your minds, is that we are created from Earth.
But can we not take some Earth,
take it out solid like a rock and
kill somebody with it.
So even though we're made from Earth, we can be killed, we can be harmed we can be hurt backers.
So even though the jinn were made from fire,
they can be harmed by fire,
they will lead to evil among them will enter the fire as evil among human beings will also enter.
The other point to note
they play a role of mischief in this world.
They are they are a source of guidance and harm.
That is why allies informed us about them in order to protect ourselves from their influence.
The most important
from the world of the Djinn
the most important being is Satan.
In our belief system, Satan was from the world of the jinn, not a fallen angel, as believed by Christians.
This is according to Christian theology. But there are angels who disobeyed the law they created a group when Satan was the head of them is called Lucifer get referred to different other names. No, in our belief system, angels do what God commands them to.
Satan was from the world opportunity.
Most important points.
Short, this point that I can cover in this book
is why Allah created Satan
knowing that he would tempt Adam and Eve.
And they would fall under his temptation, his influence and disobeyed God.
And this relates to what the general concept of why is there evil in a world created by a good God?
Where did the evil come from?
Satan was created by
knowing full well what he would do.
And the Lord created him, not evil. Satan from the world of the jinn, he had a choice between good and evil.
And for a period of time he did what was good.
But when he was tested, and we'll look at that later,
his face was tested. It was commanded to bow before Adam, along with the other agents. he disobeyed.
Allow you all of this.
So why did he go ahead,
knowing that he's going to come back when Adam and Eve are at the garden and
the consequence of Adam and Eve is deception. What
without ever needing to see they disobeyed a law they ate from the tree.
then they turn back to a law and repentance.
That turning back to a line repentance after committing sin, this is one of the greatest acts of worship.
As the prophet SAW sounds upset at me, command la de la one who repent from sin is like one without sin.
So this was a magnificent form of worship,
which would only exist if Adam disobeyed the law as a result of being tempted by Satan.
So we see the greater good.
A law permitted Satan's temptation for a greater good,
which is related to the nature of human beings, that we will disappear.
And we need to have a way to remove that sin from ourselves. It is true rebellion, repentance. So Adam and Eve became the model of repentance for us.
But that whole process could only take place in that scheme of things with the presence of Satan. So Allah created Satan, not for the evil that he would do, but for the good consequences that would come as a result of the evil.
This is the guidance which Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam gave us. And this is why we are commanded, as
in the law of Allah,
Allah stated that he and his angels, bless.
He calls on all of us who believe, to also ask for Peace and blessings, to be a prophet.
Because he was the messenger brought to us this
knowledge of the world of angels, knowledge of the world of agility,
which would impact in our lives, and help us to be
on the right
to do the right thing to make the right decision.
And I asked my boss,
to keep us on that path of knowledge, where we seek to understand the world around us as a lot of revealed knowledge regarding it. We asked the law, to give us the conviction to apply this knowledge in our day to day lives, to make us practical Muslims, who live this faith of Islam, to make us examples for those around us. Examples of righteousness are not examples of corruption. We asked the law to give us sincerity, the blessing of sincerity and to keep us in this faith
in this world