Angels are creatures created by Allah for specific functions. They are normally invisible and have no free will; they do as Allah commands them. They should not be worshipped. The angel, Gabriel (peace be upon him), wasresponsible for conveying the revelation to the prophets. Two angels are assigned to every human being to record their good and evil deeds. Another angel accompanies each human being, encouraging him or her to do good deeds. Others blow the human spirit into the foetus at the end of the fourth month of conception; yet others take the human spirit at the time of its death by Allah’s permission. There are other angels that have various responsibilities, too many to enumerate in this small book.18
There are two main points of difference between the Islamic and the Christian view of angels. Although they are noble and free of sin, believing Muslims hold a greater status in the Eyes of Allah. The angels were commanded to bow to Adam (peace be upon him) due to his superior knowledge, and they all did as they were commanded. Christians, on the other hand, believe that angels are of two kinds: good/obedient and evil/disobedient. That is how they justify their belief that Satan is a ‘fallen angel’ – an evil angel who disobeyed God, when he did not bow to Adam with the other angels.
According to Islam, angels worship Allah, and cannot disobey Him; angels have no choice over whether or not to worship Allah. They are sinless beings because they obey Allah and commit no sins. This is part of the Islamic belief as well. However, both angels and humans are creatures of Allah and both are obliged to worship Him. Thus, the second main point of difference between the Christian view and the Islamic view of angels is that of free will: whereas angels have no free will, human beings might obey Allah, be sinful, follow some commandments and commit some sins.
18 For more detail, see al-‘Uthaymeen, Explanation of the Three
Fundamental Principles of Islaam.