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26 May 2017 CE | 01 Ramadhan 1438 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Jibreel's Real Form


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “That is Jibreel; I never saw him in the form in which Allah created him except on these two occasions. I saw him descending from the heavens, with his huge size filling the space between the heaven and the earth.” [Sahih Muslim]

This is what the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said when Aisha (radi Allahu anha) asked him about the two Aayaat:
“And indeed he (Muhammad) saw him (Jibreel) in the clear horizon (towards the east).” [Quran 81:23] “And indeed he (Muhammad) saw him (Jibreel) at a second descent (i.e. another time). Near Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (a lote tree of the utmost boundary over the seventh heaven beyond which none can pass). Near it is the Paradise of Abode.” [Quran 53:13-15]

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) saw Jibreel (alaihis salam) twice in the angelic form in which Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has created him. These two occasions are mentioned in the above quoted Aayaat; once soon after revelation commenced, and the second time when he was taken up to the highest heaven during the Miraaj. Jibreel (alaihis salam) “had six hundred wings, each of which filled the horizon, and there were multi-coloured pearls and rubies falling from his wings.” [Musnad al-Imam Ahmad]

Angels have bodies of light which mankind cannot see, since Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has not given our eyes the ability to see them. We, human beings, can only see a very tiny portion of the electromagnetic spectrum which we have thus named “visible” light.

No one among this Ummah has seen the angels in their true form apart from the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). He saw Jibreel (alaihis salam) twice in the form in which Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has created him. On the other hand, the revealed texts indicate that human beings are able to see the angels when they appear in human form.

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