Seeing the angels and speaking with them

  • Author: FatFatwa No. 92480
  • Publish date:03/05/2009
  • Sections:FATWA FOR ALL
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Question:

can angels come to people? or can angels communicate with people like you or me?

Fatwa:

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

The texts of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) prove that the angels may take human forms, and that Allah blesses some people by making the angels speak to them. Allah Says about Maryam (Mary) (what means): {…then We sent to her Our Rooh (angel Jibreel (Gabriel)), and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.} [Quran 19:17].

 

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) informed us that a man visited his brother in another town and Allah deputed an angel to wait for him on his way and when he came to him he said: "Where do you intend to go?" The man replied: "I intend to go to visit my brother (in faith) in this town." The angel asked: ''Have you done any favour to him (the repayment of which you intend to get)?'' The man said: "No, except that I love him for the sake of Allah, The Exalted and Glorious." Thereupon the angel said to him: "I am a Messenger to you from Allah in order to inform you that Allah Loves you as you love him (for His Sake)." [Muslim].

 

This is in regard to seeing the angels and speaking with them. As regards visits, then the angels visit the gatherings where Allah is mentioned, and visit the praying people at the 'Asr and the Fajr prayers, as confirmed by Prophetic narrations.

Finally, it should be noted that after the revelation stopped, it is not possible to be absolutely certain that a specific person was spoken to by angels, as it is not possible for the person himself who is spoken to be certain about it.

Allah Knows best.

 

 

Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

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