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13 December 2017 CE | 24 Rabbi al-Awwal 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


What Angels Are Made Of


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The angels were created from light. The Jinn were created from fire. Man was created from what has been described to you.” [Sahih Muslim]    

Saeed bin al-Musayyab (radi Allahu anhu) said: “The angels are neither male nor female. They neither eat nor drink. They neither marry nor have children.” [Fath-al-Bari by Ibn Hajar] The angels are free of all animal appetites and are unadulterated by any selfish inclination. We do not know when the angels were created, for Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has not informed us about that. But we do know that they were created before Adam (alaihis salam), the father of mankind.

A man once asked an Alim, “If the Jinn are made from fire, then how is the fire of Jahannum going to hurt them?” The Alim threw a hard ball of earth at him. When he raised a ruckus the Alim asked, “When you are made of (the same elements as) earth, then how did the earth hurt you?”

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