Path to Piety
Angels make supplications of forgiveness
Maulana Muhammad Afzal Attari Madani
By engaging with the Quran, you avail yourself immense blessings such as ten rewards for every letter you recite and prayers of forgiveness from the infallible angels of Allah Almighty.
Prayers from seventy-thousand angels
Whoever recites ‘اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ السَّمِیْعِ الْعَلِیْمِ مِنَ الشَّیْطٰنِ الرَّجِیْمِ’ three times in the morning followed by the last three verses of Surah al-Hashr, Allah Almighty appoints seventy-thousand angels who supplicate for his forgiveness until the evening. Moreover, if he dies in that day, he will die as a martyr, and whoever recites this at night, it is the same [for him] until the morning, (Sunan Tirmizi, vol. 4, p. 423, Hadith 2931).
Supplications of the angels
Sayyiduna S’ad b. Abi Waqqas رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ relates that the angels seek forgiveness until the morning for the person who completes the Quran in the first part of the night and they seek forgiveness until the evening for the one who completes it in the last part of the night, (Sunan Daarimi, vol. 2, p. 561, Hadith 3483).
Mufti Muhammad Amjad Ali A’zami رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه stated: As the day is long in summer, completing [the Quran] in the morning implies that [the person will receive] more supplications of forgiveness from the angels. As for winter, the nights are long, so completing [the Quran] in the first part of the night will entail more supplications of forgiveness, (Bahar-e-Shari'at, vol. 3, p. 551).
Meeting fellow Muslims, visiting the sick, being hospitable to guests, and supporting others in difficult times are incredibly virtuous acts. The angels of Allah pray for the forgiveness of people who are engaged in these deeds.
Sayyiduna Anas b. Malik رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ narrated that Ubay b. Ka'b met Bara b. Malik and asked him, ‘Dear brother, what do you like?’ The latter replied, Sattu (barley-based beverage) and dates.’ These were immediately brought for him, which he ate and drank to his satisfaction. Later, Sayyiduna Bara mentioned this to the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, who responded: ‘Dear Bara! When a person behaves [hospitably] like this with his brother for Allah's sake, without wanting anything in return - not even a thank you, Allah Almighty sends ten angels to his home for an entire year. These angels glorify Allah Almighty by reciting the tahlil and takbir and remain praying for his forgiveness. At the end of their term, the entire year's worship performed by the angels is added to that individual's annals. It is from the mercy of Allah to give him exquisite foods in the eternal and perpetual Paradise,’ (Kanz-ul-Ummal, part 9, vol. 5, p. 119, Hadith 25972).
Sayyiduna Abu Razin Uqayli رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ related that the noble Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘Dear Abu Razin! After a Muslim departs having visited his Muslim brother, seventy-thousand angels pray for his forgiveness, supplicating: ‘O Allah! Just as he visited [his brother] for Your sake, grant him Your proximity,’ (Majma’-uz-Zawaid, vol. 8, p. 317, Raqm 13592).
Visiting the Sick
The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: ‘Seventy-thousand angels make supplications of forgiveness for the Muslim who leaves in the morning to visit another sick Muslim. And if he goes in the evening, then seventy-thousand angels pray for his forgiveness until the morning - and for him will be a garden in Paradise,’ (Tirmizi, vol. 2, p. 290, Hadith 971).