The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The angels were created from light, the jinn were created from smokeless fire, and Adam was created from (clay) that which has been described to you.” (narrated by Muslim, 2996)
What are Angels created from?
Jinns are a creation of Allah
They are created from smokeless fire
Jinns are not angels.
Jinns have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong
Some jinns are believers (Muslims), some are unbelievers
Jinns are normally not visible to humans
Jinns eat, drink and procreate.
Satan was a jinn (not a fallen angel)
Who are Jinns?
Angels dutifully carry on all the commands of Allah.
Angels do not rebel against Allah’s commandments
“… [they, i.e., angels] disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded” (Quran 66:6)
Angels are always obedient to Allah
Angels are in constant praise of Allah
Angles have no desires
Angels do not eat or drink
Angels don’t procreate
Angels have wings
Angels do not have gender
Angels cannot be seen by ordinary humans
Angels can take human form and become visible
Prophets can see angels in their original form
World of angels
Allah created Adam and honored Adam by having angels prostrate to him.
“ And (remember) when We (Allah) said to the angels: ‘Prostrate yourselves before Adam.’ And they prostrated except Iblees (Satan), he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers (disobedient to Allah)’” (Quran2:34 )
Was Satan a (fallen) angel?
Why would Allah make angels worship Adam?
Angels bowed down to Adam
Angels don’t disobey Allah.
Satan disobeyed Allah.
Thus he was not an angel.
Satan (Iblees) was in the company of angels when Allah commanded them all to prostrate to Adam.
Quran mentions that Satan (Iblees) was a jinn.
Behold! We (Allah) said to the angels, "Bow down to Adam": They bowed down except (Satan)Iblees. He was one of the Jinns, and he broke the Command of his Lord. (Quran 18:50)
Was satan a fallen angel?
Allah commanded angels (and satan) to prostrate to Adam.
Allah wanted to honor Adam (humans) as the best of HIS creation.
The arabic word used is ‘Sujood’ = Prostrate
Allah did not used the word ‘Abudoo’ = worship
In many cultures, people bow down to each other for respect. Are they worshipping each other?
Why did Allah make angels to worship Adam?
Jibrael (Gabriel) – Brings revelation from Allah to humanity
Mikaeel – In charge of rain and vegetation
Israfeel – Blows the trumpet
Izraeel – takes souls upon death
Kiraaman Kaatibeen – writes deeds of each person
Ridwan – Custodian of Paradise
Malik – Custodian of Hell
Munkar and Nakir – Angels who visit the dead in grave to ask questions