7 Facts about Angel JIBRIL (Gabriel) that we should tell our KIDS

We are now in the second half of Ramadan. The Night of Qadr is nearing us. Tonight will be the 20th night of Ramadan in Malaysia and some other countries. The Night of Qadr can be on an odd night in the last ten nights, a night that is better than 1000 months.

‘The Angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.’[1] This ayah relates to what happened on the Night of Qadr. Allah mentioned that the Angels and the Spirit (Angel Jibril) will go down to earth on that night.

Do we really know who is Angel Jibril is, the greatest among all of the Angels? What can we tell our kids about him? In this article, we will share several facts about Angel Jibril, a special Angel that come down to earth with the other Angels every year on the Night of Qadr

  1. Do you know that Angel Jibril was the same angel that met Prophet Muhammad in front of Cave Hira’s more than 1440 years ago?

When Prophet Muhammad was sitting at the entrance of Cave Hira’ on one of his routine seclusion during the time of Jahiliyyah, Angel Jibril came down until he was very close to him. ‘Then he (Jibril) approached and came closer, and was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or (even) nearer. And He (Allah) revealed to His servant (Muhammad) what he revealed.’[2]

  1. How does Angel Jibril’s looks like in his actual form?

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw him twice in his actual form.

“From ‘Abdullah ibn Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw Jibril in his true form. He had six hundred wings, each of which covered the horizon. There fell from his wings, jewels, pearls and rubies, only Allah knows about them.” [3]

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, describing Jibril: “I saw Jibril descending from heaven, and his great size filled the space between heaven and earth.” [4]

Ibn Mas’ood reported that  Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said ‘ Jibril came to me wearing green silk garments with pearls attached to them’ [5]

  1. Did Angel Jibril ever appeared in human form, and can people see him?

Angel Jibril used to come to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) in different forms. Sometimes he would appear in the form of Dihyah al-Kalbi, a sahabi (companion) who was very handsome, and sometimes in the form of a Bedouin. 

It was narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Whilst we were with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) one day, a man came to us whose garment was exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black, and there were no signs of travel on him, and none of us knew who he was. He came and sat before the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), resting his knees against his and placing his hands on his thighs. He said: O Muhammad, tell me about Islam. … He (‘Umar) said: Then he went away. I stayed there for a while, then the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to me: “O ‘Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I said: Allah and His Messenger know best. He said: “That was Jibreel, who came to you to teach you your religion.” [6]

Maryam, the mother of Prophet Eesa, also met Angel Jibril in a human form. Allah sent Jibreel to Maryam in the form of a man, as Allah says:
“. . . Then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.” [7]

Aisyah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  said ‘The person that I have seen  most similar to  Jibril is Duhyah al-Kalbi.’ [8]

  1. Do you know His other names?

Angel Jibril is also called in the Quran ‘ar-Rooh’ which means ‘the Spirit’ or ‘the Life’ because he carried the teachings from Allah to the prophets that give life and spirits to humans’ hearts. He is also known as ‘ar Rooh al Ameen’ which means ‘the Trustworthy Spirit’. “Which the trustworthy spirit has brought down, upon your heart, that you may be (one) of the warners.” [9]. Other than that, he is also called ‘Rooh Al Qudus’ which means ‘the Spirit that Belongs to the Holy One’. Allah also called him ‘Roohuna’ which means ‘the Spirit that Belongs to Us’.

  1. Who are the wives of Prophet Muhammad that Angel Jibril gave salaam to?

There were narrations shows that Jibril gave salaam to Aisyah and Khadeejah (may Allah have mercy upon them). Prophet  Muhammad said that Jibril told him: ‘O Muhammad, give salaam to Khadeejah from her Lord.’ [10] Aisyah also reported that on a number of occasions, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would say to her: ‘O Aisyah, Jibril is here, and he gives you salaam.’ [11]

  1. Do you know that Jibril came to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in every Ramadan to review Al Quran?

Angel Jibril would go to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) every year to review the Quran with him. However on the year before Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed away, he reviewed it twice in Ramadan with Angel Jibril. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: Jibril used to review the Quran with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) once every year, and he reviewed it with him twice in the year in which he passed away.[12]

  1. is it true that Angel Jibril taught Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) & the Muslims?

Yes. It is true. Angel Jibril was responsible for delivering revelation from Allah to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and all mankind. Besides that, he taught Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) on how to perform wudoo, salat and he always advised Prophet Muhammad. Aishah said that Prophet Muhammad said: ‘ Jibril kept telling me to be kind to the neighbours until I thought that he would tell me to give them of the inheritance.’[13]

These are the 7 essential facts that I can share with you today. If you know any other facts about Angel Jibril that you want to share with us, please state in the form below (with the evidence from the Quran/ As-Sunnah). InsyaAllah we will add in the list of facts about Angel Jibril in this blog for other readers to read.

May this little sharing helps to increase our knowledge and strengthen about belief in the unseen world of the Angels especially about Angel Jibril, indirectly motivates us to seek the Night of Qadr, the Night that Jibril will come down to earth with Baraka.

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If you know any other facts about Angel Jibril that you want to share with us, please state in the form below (with the evidence from the Quran/ As-Sunnah). Jazakumullahu khairan.

[1] Surah Al Qadr 97:4

[2] Surah An Najm 53:8-9

[3] It was reported by Ahmad in al-Musnad, and Ibn Katheer said in al-Bidayah that its isnad (chain of narrators) is jayyid (good).

[4] Sahih Muslim

[5] Recorded by Ahmad and Ad Daaraqutnee.

[6] Sahih al-Bukhaari.

[7] Surah Maryam 19:17

[8] Recorded by ibn Sa’d. Verified to be authenticated by Sheikh al Albanee.

[9] Surah Shuara 26:193-194

[10] Recorded by Al Bukhari, Muslim and others from Abu Hurairah.

[11] Recorded by Al Bukhari, Muslim and others.

[12] Sahih al-Bukhari (4614)

[13] Recorded by Al Bukhari, Muslim and others.

References:

  1. Knowing the Angels by Sheikh Muhammad Al Jibaly

https://islamqa.info/en/answers/843/al-malaaikah-angels

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