Do the angels see Allah in this world ?

Angel Jibreel or any of the angels have they ever seen Allah (sabhanu wa tala)?.

Praise be to Allaah.

There is nothing in the Qur’aan or Sunnah to indicate that Jibreel (peace be upon him) or any other angel has seen Allah, may He be exalted, and it is well known that this is one of the issues of the unseen which cannot be proven except on the basis of evidence.

In the hadeeth of the Mi‘raaj (Prophet’s ascent to heaven) it says that Jibreel (peace be upon him) ascended with our Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) to a level where the scratching of the pens could be heard, but there is no proof that either of them saw Allah (may He be glorified and exalted) in that place.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Then I passed by Ibraaheem, and he said: ‘Welcome to the righteous Prophet and the righteous son.’ I said: ‘Who is this?’ He said: ‘This is Ibraaheem (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).’” Ibn Shihaab said: And Ibn Hazm told me that Ibn ‘Abbaas and Abu Habbah al-Ansaari used to say: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Then I was taken up until we reached a level where I could hear the scratching of the pens.” Ibn Hazm and Anas ibn Maalik said: The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah enjoined upon my ummah fifty prayers, and I went back with that until I passed by Moosa…”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 349; Muslim, 263

There is evidence to suggest that they do not see Him. That is the verse in Soorat Ghaafir in which Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “Those (angels) who bear the Throne (of Allâh) and those around it glorify the praises of their Lord, and believe in Him, and ask forgiveness for those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh) (saying): ‘Our Lord! You comprehend all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who repent and follow Your Way, and save them from the torment of the blazing Fire!’” [Ghaafir 40:7].

“And (remember) when Ibrâhim (Abraham) said, ‘My Lord! Show me how You give life to the dead.’ He (Allâh) said: ‘Do you not believe?’ He [Ibrâhim (Abraham)] said: ‘Yes (I believe), but to be stronger in Faith’”

[al-Baqarah 2:260].

“Some faces that Day shall be Nâdirah (shining and radiant).

Looking at their Lord (Allâh)”

[al-Qiyaamah :22-23].

We ask Allah for the joy of looking upon His noble Countenance. And Allah knows best.

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