The term Islam is derived from the root Silm which signifies peace - peace with Allah as well as with all the creatures.
Technically speaking, Islam means "full submission to the Will of Almighty God in all walks of Life". Every Muslim must confess and affirm the fact that there is none worthy of worship and obedience except Allah, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his slave and Messenger.
Along with the confession of this basic kalimah, a Muslim has to declare his faith in the angles, in all the prophets, in the revealed scriptures, in the day of judgement, and in taqdir (predestination). In the following pages, some details have been provided for the common readers, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, about the basic principles of Islamic faith.

Belief in Angels:

Allah has created some of His creatures from Noor (light) which are called Mala'ikah (Angels). Angels are invisible to us. They are neither male nor female. They do not disobey Allah and do not commit acts of sin. They have been entrusted with certain duties and they are always busy in doing their task assigned to them by Allah. The angels are numerous out of which the following four are very famous:

Jibra'il: The Angel Jibra'il used to bring revelation from Allah's side to the Prophets in various times for the guidance of their people. He is the one who brought the Torah to Moses, Psalms (Zabur) to David, Gospel to Jesus, and Quran to Muhammad, peace be upon all of them.

Mika'il: The Angel Mika'il is incharge of the rain and the daily livelihood of the creatures.

Izra'il: The Angel Izra'il takes the souls of the creatures back and bring life to an end.

Israfil: The Angel Israfil is responsible to blow the trumpet on the Day of Judgement.

Article Contributed by:
Dr. Hafiz A.Ghaffar Khan
Georgia Islamic Institute of Religious and Social Sciences
P.O.Box 93157
Atlanta, GA 30377-3157