Article appeared Friday, March 1st, 2013 in The News Today, Bangladesh
The Revelation (267)yousuf mahbubul Islam, PhD
Scriptures confirm the existence of angels and their purpose. For example, Chapter 1 of Luke inthe Bible reports the story of Angel Gabriel appearing to Zechariah [Luke, 1.19] and to Mary[Luke, 1.28] announcing the initiation of human births under extraordinary circumstances.Likewise, the Qur’an also confirms these two incidents.
While he (Zakariya) was standing in prayer in the chamber the angels called on himsaying: "Allah sends you glad tidings of Yahya (John)
the truth of a Wordfrom Allah (i.e. in fulfillment of a promise of Allah), a noble chaste Prophet of thecompany of the righteous."
Behold! The angels said "O Mary! Allah sends glad tidings of a Word (a promise) fromHim: his name will be Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and theHereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.
[3.45] As declared by the Qur’an, the angels [35.1] in fact rush to carry out the commands of theCreator.
Then (the angels) press forward as in a race; then arrange to do the commands of their Lord.
[79.4 – 79.5]The question is, having created angels, beings unfailing in their duties to the Creator, whyindeed did He proceed to create human beings? The angels, in fact, asked a similar question.
Behold! Your Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said"Will You place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood? Whilst wedo celebrate Your Praises and glorify Your Holy Name?" He said:
"I know what youknow not."
[2.30]So, what is it that the angels
The subsequent Verses furnish the answer:
And He taught Adam the nature of all things; then He placed them before the angelsand said: "Tell Me the nature of these if you are right." They said: "Glory to You, of knowledge we have none save what You have taught us: …
[2.31 – 2.32]While Adam was taught the
nature of all things
, i.e. given the knowledge of all things, angels aretrained only to carry out commandments, e.g. like a computer is given the ability to carry outprogrammed instructions. Unlike a computer, man has been given an independent ability toevaluate and
the truth of the Creator. Consequently, man has a choice. Man can enjoythe blessings of the Creator and use the gift of intelligence to independently acknowledge thetruth of His Contribution. Man can also deny His Role by revering created things and/or bycarrying out activities that deny the rights of the Creator as the Owner of all things.Man has therefore been created to independently “know” and acknowledge the Creator usingknowledge and intelligence. Using the gift of intelligence to deny the truth is therefore a sinagainst the Creator.
Who does more wrong than those who invent a lie against Allah? They will be turnedback to the presence of their Lord and the witnesses will say "These are the ones wholied against their Lord! Behold! The Curse of Allah is on those who do wrong!
[11.18]The Creator asks a logical question.
It is We Who have created you:
will you not witness the Truth?