Are Angels Intelligent Beings?

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Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I know certain nouns in Arabic are considered ‘aqil (intelligent) and others are ghair ‘aqil (non-intelligent). Specifically, I was wondering how angels are considered for this, especially in reference to surah u-qadr.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

Angels are intelligent (`aqil) beings.

They are beings with bodies of light who are capable of changing form to assume various appearances. [Keller, Reliance of the Traveler]

A single angel is called a malak, derived from mal’aka meaning message. [Ibn Faris, Mu`jam Maqayis al-Lugha]

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

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