The angels are created from Light.

There are four famous Angels:

  1. JIBREEL (Alayhis-Salaam) brought Allah's Books, Orders and messages to all the Prophets. He was also sent to help the Prophets at times and fight against their enemies. Name appear in Quran, 2 : 97 and 66 : 4

  2. MEKAEEL (A.S.) is incharge of food and rain. Other Angels work under him, are incharge of the clouds, the seas, the rivers and the winds. He gets the order from Allah and passes them on to other angels. Name appear in Quran, 2 : 98

  3. AZRAEEL (A.S.) (Malekul Maut) is incharge of death and takes away life of human beings with the orders of Allah. Numerous Angels work under him. Some of them take away the lives of good persons while others who are looking very fearful, take away the lives of sinners and disbelievers. Name is not mentioned in Quran but verse confirm its existence viz,  32 : 11

  4. ISRAFEEL (A.S.) will blow the SOOR (TRUMPET) on the DAY OF JUDGEMENT. The sound will destroy and kill everything that is on earth and in the skies. When he blows the SOOR for the second time, all will come to life with the order of Allah. Name is not mentioned in Quran but different verses confirm its existence. Viz, 20 : 108, 27 : 87, 36 : 51 

Then two Angels are always with every person. One writes all his GOOD DEEDS while the other notes all his BAD DEEDS. They are known as :- KIRAAMAN-KAATIBEEN. Names mentioned in Quran, 82 : 10 - 12

Surah No.35 , Al Fatir , Ayat No.1

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ فَاطِرِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ جَاعِلِ الْمَلَائِكَةِ رُسُلًا أُولِي أَجْنِحَةٍ

o مَّثْنَى وَثُلَاثَ وَرُبَاعَ يَزِيدُ فِي الْخَلْقِ مَا يَشَاء إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Translation :

Praise be to Allah Who created the heavens and the earth , Who made the Angels Messengers with wings , two, or three, or four (Pairs): He adds to Creation as He pleases: for Allah has power over all things.

Comments :

One of the objective of creation of angels is to establish a link between Allah and his Messengers. They also shoulder a responsibility of showering either blessings or curse of Allah upon the creature.Since they travel frequently between the skies and the earth by the command of Allah, they are provided wings by Allah so that they get strength in flying . The wings number also varies from two pairs to four but they are not limited and the number depends upon the Will of Allah.

 It is narrated in one the Hadis that Hazrat Jibraeel has 600 wings.

( Sahi Muslim and also referred by Mufti M.Shafi Usmani in Tafsir of Surah Fatir Ayat No.1 in Ma`ariful Quran )

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