Muslim Guardian Angel Prayers

Prayers for Help from Guardian Angels in Islam

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In Islam, people believe in guardian angels but don't say any traditional guardian angel prayers. However, they do sometimes acknowledge their guardian angels before praying to God, or reciting or reading Qur’an or Hadith verses about guardian angels. Here’s how Muslims may pray about guardian angels:

Greeting Guardian Angels Before Saying Daily Prayers to God

"Assalamu 'alaykum." ("Peace be upon you.") Muslims sometimes say this while looking at their left and right shoulders -- where they believe that guardian angels reside -- to acknowledge their guardian angels’ presence with them as they offer their daily prayers to God.

This belief stems from Quran 50:17-18, which declares: "Behold, two guardian angels appointed to learn a man’s doings learn and note them, one sitting on the right and one on the left. Not a word does he utter but there is a sentinel by him, ready to note it."

The guardian angels on Muslim believers' shoulders are called the Kiraman Katibin. This angelic team works together to carefully record every detail from the life of the person to whom God has assigned them: every thought and feeling in the person's mind, every word the person communicates, and every action that the person does. The angel on the person's right shoulder records his or her good decisions, while the angel on the left shoulder makes note of his or her bad choices.

At the end of the world, Muslims believe, all of the Kiramin Katibin guardian angels who have worked with people throughout history will present all of their records to God.

Whether God sends a person's soul to heaven or hell for eternity will then depend on what their guardian angels' records show about what they thought, communicated, and did during their earthly lives. Since the angels' records are so important, Muslims take their presence seriously when they pray.

Reciting Qur’an 13:11

Muslims may recite this verse about guardian angels from the Qur’an during their devotional times: "For each person there are angels in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah."

This verse emphasizes an important part of a guardian angel's job description: protecting people from danger. God may send guardian angels to protect people from any kind of harm: physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. So by reciting this verse from the Qur'an, Muslims remind themselves that they're under the protective care of powerful angels who may, according to God's will, guard them from physical harm like illnesses or injuries, mental and emotional harm such as anxiety and depression, and spiritual harm that can result from the presence of evil in their lives.

Reading Bukhari Hadith 10:530

Muslims may read this Hadith, which describes guardian angels watching people pray: "Narrated Abu Huraira: Angels take turns around you, some at night and some by day, and all of them assemble together at the time of the Fajr and 'Asr prayers. Then those who have stayed with you throughout the night, ascend to Allah, who asks them, though he knows the answer better than they about you, 'How have you left my servants?' They reply, 'As we have found them praying, we have left them praying.'"

This passage emphasizes the vital importance of prayer for people to grow closer to God. Guardian angels both pray for people and deliver answers to people's prayers.