Are there other things related to the belief in the angels?
It remains to be said that belief in the angels, may Allaah’s Salaam and Salaam be upon them, is of two types, general and detailed one. Those whose names we know of, then we must believe specifically in each and every one of them. We say, “We believe in Allaah, and in Jibreel, Meekaa’eel, Israafeel, the angel of death, Maalik (who is entrusted to guard the Hellfire)”, and so forth. As for those whose names are unknown to us, then we have general and comprehensive belief in all of them. The angels are many in number, so many that only Allaah, The Most Mighty and Most Majestic, can enumerate them. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) said:
He (صلى الله عليه وسلم ) also said, “There is not even the place for four fingers in the heavens except that it is occupied by an angel standing before Allaah, or bowing (in Rukoo’), or prostrating.”42
We, however, do not know of them specifically, and of their deeds and duties except to the extent that we were brought about by the Shar’. All that which the Shar’ detailed regarding their tasks, conditions and deeds is incumbent that we believe in it as it is detailed. As to the things that are not detailed, we must believe in them in general. Believing in the angels, who possess from the abilities and powers that which is not possessed by humans, is from the Signs of Allaah, The Most Mighty and Most Majestic. Accordingly, believing in them is a belief in Allaah, The One free of all imperfections and The Most High, and in His Magnificent Ability. It is incumbent that we love the angels, because they are believers and because they carry on the Commands of Allaah, The Most Mighty and Most Majestic. Anyone whose is an enemy to anyone of them is a Kaafir (disbeliever) as established in the Saying of Allaah, The Most High:
He, The Most High, also Said:
41 Reported by al-Bukhaaree, vol.4, no.429 and Muslim, vol.1, no.309.
42 Reported by at-Tirmithee, Ahmad, and Ibn Hibbaan. At-Tirmithee said its degree is hasan ghareeb, and al-Albaanee graded it as hasan [Saheeh Sunnan at-Tirmithee (Arabic), no. 1882].