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19 May 2019 CE | 15 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Three States that Cause Angels to Depart

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “There are three whom the angels do not go near: someone who is drunk, someone wearing saffron, and someone in Janaba.” [Al-Bazzar]

The angels are slaves of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) whom He has selected and chosen and they have a high position with their Lord. The believer who worships Allah and seeks His pleasure must undertake to love and respect the angels and to avoid anything that might vex or harm them. There are three conditions mentioned in this hadith that angels find distressing:

1. Drinking: The things that distress angels the most are acts of disobedience, disbelief and associating others with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Conversely, what pleases angels the most are for a man’s Deen to be sincerely for his Lord and his avoiding all that angers Him. That is why the angels depart from a person when he commits the lewd act of drinking alcohol and do not return till his state of intoxication is gone.

2. Wearing the colour saffron: Saffron is the colour that the Christians would mix in their water for baptism. They would dip their children and converts to Christianity in it and consider them to become pure by this dipping. In Surah al-Baqarah, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says that His colour is Islam, not saffron. Therefore, we should immerse ourselves completely in Allah’s colour (doing all that He likes and abstaining from all that He dislikes), if we want to become pure for Jannah. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has forbidden us from copying the ways and mannerisms of the Jews and Christians multiple times in the Quran. Since wearing the colour saffron is specific to Christianity, it is not allowed for Muslims, and causes the angels to depart from the person wearing it.

3. Staying in Janaba: Although one has until the time of the next Salah to purify oneself, one should at least wash one’s private parts as soon as possible. The preferable course of action is to take a bath of purification as soon as possible to end one’s state of Janaba (impurity), so that the angels may return to one’s side.

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