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It is famous that angels are the creatures who are always praying (of Allah) ... praising ... But I have a question about them. Factually I was wondering if angels (Malaekah) are male or female? Or they are consist of both male and female sex?

Present Quranic verses or hadiths (traditions) for your answers, please.

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Sexes are distinguished on the basis of copulation and reproduction. I don't think I ever came across any references suggesting that angels engage in intercourse or even have such desires. They don't reproduce.

Some verses specifically say that they are not female (their context seems to be a response to some non-Muslims claiming that angels are the sex-slaves of God). But I know of no reference that suggests that they are males.

Was there a specific reason you thought of this?

You can see more on this, rather lengthly, reading (go directly to the bottom of the page).

  • I inquired it, since based on a common rule, almost everything or actually every creatures are considered as both sexes (such as human, animals, ...) ____ Of course what you stated regarding reproduction seems to be true. God bless you, dear mate. – اللهم صل علی محمد و آل محمد Feb 28 '16 at 10:59
  • Neither can you prove that they don't reproduce, it's a matter of ghaib. +1 just for quoting the verse. – servant-of-Wiser Feb 28 '16 at 11:39
  • @azam you are absolutely right. I should have said "there are no indication, in Islam, that they can reproduce". – ZakC Feb 28 '16 at 12:19
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    But the point raised by @DearMartyrSheikhNimr-Al-Nimr is a very good one, and I think the meaning of the verses mentioning "everything created in pairs" relate more to "everything on Earth", which would answer such an apparent contradiction. But I never fully investigated the question. – ZakC Feb 28 '16 at 12:27
  • There is some (scientific) opinion that states that malaikat (angels) are males. However this opinion is weak, but I just to inform so that you don't get shocked when knowing this opinion. The explanation is here (Bahasa Indonesia unfortunately) – fikr4n Jun 9 '16 at 6:13
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According to the Hebrews there is only one malaikah that is reported as being female. Her job is to take care of babies. We can assume that if there is one there is probably more.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lailah

"Lailah chooses a soul from the Garden of Eden and commands it to enter the embryo. Lailah watches over the development in the womb and shows the rewards and punishments available to the individual."

  • Is Lallah part of Islam? (The Wikipedia article says she's from Jewish mythology.) – Rebecca J. Stones Apr 5 '17 at 5:39
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    This site is about Islam and not Judaism. Please give answers according to the Islamic point of view using Islamic sources, you may mention the Jewish point of view as complementary information where it makes sense. – UmH Apr 5 '17 at 8:23

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