An angel is a supernatural being in various religions. The theological study of angels is known as angelology.
Abrahamic religions often depict them as benevolent celestial intermediaries between God (or Heaven) and humanity.
It is ok to address a secondary cause (whether it be Imam 'Ali, an employer, a relative, etc) to request specific assistance as long as one agrees that Allah is the primary cause and these are just secondary means.
There is theoretically no problem with addressing the angels as well. However the Qur'an says that the angels fulfil God's command as God gives it to them and therefore this suggests they do not usually act according to the wishes or preferences of human beings. For instance, if an angel assigned to deliver sustenance, it will deliver what it was told to and not what the person wants. So for instance if I just casually say "Ya Jibra'il", it might not have the same effect. Of course God knows best.
The Qur'an says that the angels do not disobey God and do as they are commanded (Qur'an 66:6). It is also narrated from Imam 'Ali (A) that the angels do not disobey or tire. From this, we can glean that the angels do not disobey Allah.
Possibly, angels may have the inherently capability to disobey but simply choose not to do so, because they have no reason to do it and no inclination to do it.
This is often understood as being because angels have intellect but no animal desires, unlike human beings, which have both intellect and animals desires, and usually it is either our bodily urges or related traits (such as anger) which cause us to do wrong.
The angels also have a greater awareness of higher realities (such as things pertaining to Allah) as well as the ugliness of some wrong acts, so perhaps this also may contribute to not wishing to do wrong things, unlike people, who are sometimes blind to these things.
For this reason, stories like that of Fotros can be considered questionable.
God knows best!
He had the choice to sin or not. Some beings are stubborn and arrogant. We see this with humans as well that they know the truth of Allahs punishment yet still persist in sin knowingly.
The angels were mentioned in Quran in around 88 places. Hundreds of Hadeeths narrated by Ahlul Bayt (AS) from the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) did mention the angels. The angels have degrees and different duties. The four main angels are Israfil, Jabrael, Mikaeel and Izraeel.
'The duties of the angels are in very big variety. You can find more details in the books of Hadeeth like Biharul Anwar.
This question touches on the nature of reality - for instance, are thoughts part of reality?
In the material world, one's thoughts and intentions are not visible or "real" in the same way that a brick or truck is real.
However, in the hereafter, one's thoughts and intention will be made manifest so everyone can see them. (Thus, everyone will be able to read what was on other people's minds the same way they would see a brick or a truck here.) Therefore, they have an objective reality which we do not see directly.
Beings such as angels or Shaytan which are occupying a different aspect of reality (for instance, coming and going from the heavens) or which are of a different construction may be able to see the realities of our thoughts and intentions. (If the angels could not see your intentions, how could they write down that you should have extra reward when you are tempted to do a wrong deed but abstain?)
To my understanding, this is not about special permission from Allah but rather being on a different "wavelength" of reality or having different senses, in the same way that some animals can hear certain frequencies that humans cannot.
In any case, the way that the universe is created is part of the divine plan, so we should assume there is divine wisdom behind it.
Knowing what is in the mind of others is part of 'Elm al-Ghayb ( Knoweldge of the unseen) which is gifted by Allah (SWT) to His humble servants according to different degrees depending on the level of the humbleness of the servant.
The Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt (AS) are gifted what Allah Has gifted them from 'Elm al-Ghayb. Even pious believers can know the mind of some person under curtain circumstances. The Hadeeth says: Beware of the deep sight of the believer, as he is guided by the Noor of Allah.
Real piousness opens the gates of facts of life to the pious servant of Allah (SAWA).
Satan does not know our intentions but whispers to people to misguide and harm them.
The narration has been wrongly translated according to the wrong understanding of some fanatic Muslims like Wahabis.
The narration in Arabic is لا تدخل الملائكة بيتا فيه كلب أو تماثيل
The angles do not enter a house which has a dog or statues (Idols).
Photographs or drawings are not statues nor idols. Some narrow minded persons claim that photos and drawings are like the statues. This misunderstanding came from the difference in the meaning of the word صورة تصاوير which means in original Arabic statues or idols but in the Arabic of today it is been used for photographs which were not available that time.
Photography is allowed and putting photos at home is allowed but we should not display photos of females in reception room or any where where non Mahram men can see it.
The angels do not disobey Allah ( SWT) at all, as we read in Quran in Sura Al-Tahreem, verse 6: Angels, never disobey Allah in any order He gives them and do what ever they are been ordered. (66:6). لا يعصون الله ما أمرهم ويفعلون ٬لا يؤمرون
No doubt, every creature's reward is in hands of Allah ( SWT) and He knows the deeds of every creature and He grants the reward according to His knowledge and Great Mercy. There is question of punishment on angels, because they do not disobey Allah (SWT) at all.
Not at all. Such narrations which contradict with Quran are fabricated and have no value whatsoever among the followers of Ahlul Bayt (AS).
Allah (SWT) Has ordered people to follow the prophets ( We have never sent any messenger but to be obeyed by Allah's order) 4:64. All the prophets are infallible and never committed any sinful act.
We find in Bukhari many narrations which go against Quranic facts and we have no way to leave Quran for the sake of Bukhari or any one else.
I have not come across the idea that the angel Mika'il keeps the devil out of heaven in mainstream Shi'i or Sunni texts.
Also, the Qur'an says that God Himself threw the Shaytan (the devil) out of heaven. This is not to say that an angel could not have been involved; however, the Qur'an does portray it as being directly between God and Shaytan. It also implies that Shaytan accepted being thrown out insofar as Shaytan swore to misguide human beings until the end of time (and this oath implies that he is not trying to return to heaven).
Of course, God knows best!
A summary of what the angel Mika'il does as per Islamic texts can be found here: https://www.al-islam.org/ask/topics/4478/questions-about-Angel
Michael is the name of one of the greatest of Allah (SWT). It is mentioned in many books that Michael is responsible of Rizq and rain and plants. In Saheefa Sajjadia which is narrated from Imam Zainul Adibeen Al-Sajjad (AS) in the Du'a for the Angels of Alla : And Angle Michael, who has the great status with You, and the high degree in Your Obedience.
ميكائيل ذو الجاه عندك والمكان الرفيع من طاعتك ».
It is allowed to name our kids after the name of Michael.
The name of this great angle in Quran is Meekaal.ميكال (Sura 2, Verse 98).
as salam alaikum
the Qur'an says: "Seek your sustenance from Allah and serve Him" (29:17).
It also says: "He (Allah) does not command you to take the angels and prophets as your Lords ("Arbab", plural of "Rabb"). Would He command you disbelief after you have submitted yourselves (to Allah)?".
It follows that an Imam also is not a Rabb and that only Allah is the Cherisher and Sustainer of the whole creation.
With prayers for your success.