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They do not eat and drink

The angels cannot be described as being male or female. Similarly, they do not eat or drink the type of food we (humans) eat and drink. Allah has told us that the angels came to Prophet Ibrahim (AS) in human form, and he offered them food, but they did not stretch out their hands towards it. He felt afraid of them, but then they told him of their true identity, and his fear left him.

While we are always interested in our body’s needs, we tend to ignore the needs of our souls. That is an important reason why Muslims are ordered to pray five times a day: to keep renewing their connection or unintentionally straying away from the straight path, and thus to supply their souls with an infinite source of energy. It was related that Abu Hurayrah (RA) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah say, ‘If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and you bathed in it five times daily, would you see any dirt on yourselves?’ They (his companions) answered, ‘No trace of dirt would remain.’ He (SAW) added, ‘That is the similitude of the five prayers with which Allah blots out evil deeds.’” (Bukhari)

On the authority of Anas (RA), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SWT) saying: “Allah, the Exalted, has said, ‘O sons of Adam, as long as you supplicate Me and implore Me, I will forgive for you whatever issued from you, and I will not mind. O sons of Adam, even if your sin reached the clouds of the sky and then you sought My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O sons of Adam, even if you come to Me with nearly the earth’s capacity of sins and then meet Me without associating anything with Me, I will come to you with nearly its capacity of forgiveness.’” (Tirmidhi)


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