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There can be three forms of Angel’s appearance

Lesson # 684 From Holy Qur’aan

There can be three forms of Angel’s appearance

Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage - 2

Verse – 8 of 165, Section – 1 of 20 (Part - 7)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

They say: Why hath not an angel been sent down unto him? If, We sent down an angel, then the matter would be judged; then no further time would be allowed them (for reflection).                    
Wa  qaaluu  law-laaa  ‘unzila  ‘alay-hi  malk.  Wa  law  ‘an-zalNaa  malakal-laquzi-yal-’amru  summa  laa  yun-zaruun.                


It was discussed in the lesson of previous verse that Islam does not approve to agree the people for embracing Islam by showing them amazing miracles. There is a reply of disbeliever’s question/command in this verse and the next to this verse, that the Message of Allaah Almighty should be brought down by an Angel (peace be upon Him).

It is commanded that if an Angel (peace be upon Him) is sent down, even then, they denied believing by making evasions, as the fear comes from their perverseness, then it will not be good for them, because it is impossible that they may live safe and sound for a sometime as disbelievers after arrival of the Angel (peace be upon Him) before them. At that time, if they will disbelieve, they will be ruined without any delay. There will be no form of postponement of their destruction.  

Therefore, they should take it a blessing of Allaah Almighty that the Angel (peace be upon Him) comes secretly only unto the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and conveys the Message of Allaah Almighty up to the people through Him (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), worth of which, these people do not know.

It is by the fortune of not coming the Angle (peace be upon Him) openly, that they are still living, notwithstanding their Infidelity and denial. And their punishment is being postponed. Otherwise, it is the end of the story, after appearance of the Angel (peace be upon Him).

There can be three forms of the Angel’s appearance:

1.   He (peace be upon Him) can come in His original shape.

2.   He (peace be upon Him) may appear in the form of any natural sight, for instance; flood, earthquake, dust, a storm of wind or rain etc.

3.   He (peace be upon Him) may appear as a mankind.    
The human being has not endurance to see Him (peace be upon Him) in case of His first form. Only the Messenger of Allaah Almighty, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) saw the Angel Gabriel (peace be upon Him) twice in His original shape, due to which, a horror prevailed over the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him). If someone else will see, his gall-bladder will be cracked due to fear.

In the second form too, if the people believed timely after knowing the signs and changed from past evils, perhaps they are saved, otherwise surely, they will expire.

Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)


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