Resting my head atop my pillow after making wudu (ablution) and reading Ayat al-Kursi, I know the angels are watching over me, fending off shaytaan and asking Allah (SWT) to forgive me for my sins. I know I am not alone.
While Allah (SWT) is aware of my location, he has sent the angels to aid me as well. They are with me as I sleep, and they are with me right before leaving my home. If I have good intentions that are sufficient for Allah (SWT,) the angels hold a banner high upon my head signifying all that I represent or hope to embody on my journey to the Akhira.
Allah (SWT) has created the Heavens and the Earth with our best interest in mind, a feat many of us come to understand with age. He has implemented it so that each individual has one shaytaan, but four angels who choose to protect us. In Omar Suleiman’s podcast series “Angels in your Presence,” he indicates the roles of the four angels and the hidden treasures they bring. It is a series with thirty short episodes detailing stories, examples, and properties of our guardian angels.
There are four angels for each person: Two who record our good and bad deeds, and two who are assigned to protect us. The angels sit on top of our left and right shoulders to record our deeds, while two more angels can be found in front of us and behind us to protect us. They are with us during big events in our lives, and in moments as little as you reading this.
If Allah (SWT) has not decreed harm to your body and mind, then the angels will save you from events as small as stubbing your toe, and events as big as skydiving out of a plane. They are always with us. But like you and I take shifts, so do angels. And thus, the angels of the morning differ from the angels of the night. When their roles are fulfilled, they return to Allah (SWT) and express how you were prior to them leaving their post.
In the case that you commit sin, the angels hold off on writing down the sin. There are six hours in which the angel pays attention attentively. If in this case the individual repents for their action then the angel will not record the sin, but rather count it as a good deed. This is the mercy of Allah (SWT). While Allah’s mercy is not a reason to freely sin, there is comfort in knowing that there is a chance to avoid another sin that will speak against us on Yowm al-Qayama (Day of Judgment) if we are sincere in asking for forgiveness.
The angels are all around us. When we are sick, Allah (SWT) sends two angels to watch over us, listening to how we speak about our illnesses—recording if we will praise Allah (SWT) for the health we do have. He sends 70,000 angels to bless us when we visit the sick because there is honor in aiding those who have fallen. And on Laylat al-Qadr, Allah (SWT) sends all the angels on our Earth—with the number of angels exceeding the number of rocks.
Angels are all around us. They protect us and hold us accountable. They plead for forgiveness on behalf of our souls and carry the dead once their time is done. They are watching me write this article and are in your presence as you read this. May they continue to protect us. And may they continue to ask Allah (SWT) to love us.