Monday, 28 June 2010

Remembering the Angels

I came across this passage in a book and wanted to share it because i think its something that is easy to forget sometimes. That the angels are with us....

'' And surely over you are (appointed) guardians, noble writers, they know whatsoever you do.'' (Qur'an 82: 10-12)

Mujahid narrated that Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) said:

''Honour the noble writers who never part from you save in two cases: when one is sexually defiled or when one relieves oneself. When anyone has a bath, let him screen himself by the side of a wall or his camel, or his brother may screen him.'' (Ibn Abu Hatim Razi in his tafsir)

Ibn Abbas (r.a.) narrated that Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.) said:

''Allah forbids you to strip. So show modesty before Allah and those noble writers who are with you. They do not leave you except in one of three cases: when you excrete, are defiled or have a bath. When one of you bathes in the nude, let him screen himself with his garment, or by the edge of the wall, or behind his camel.'' (Bazzar)

To respect them is to observe diffidence in their presence and not to do anything shameful that they are compelled to (observe and) record. Allah has created them noble natured and of a good character.

(from the book 'The Story of the Creation' by Imam Ibn Kathir)