Gabriel (Jibril) is one of God’s Archangels, a special Angel from amongst all of God’s Angels. Angels – like Jinn – occupy a separate realm of creation; they are created by God from light. Their purpose is to act as messengers from God to the human world, and to uphold God’s majestic throne by singing his praises in Heaven. Angels do not possess free-will, a difference which marks them from humans . Gabriel is the “trusted guide for the prophets” in all three realms: that of the Jinn, Heaven, and Man . |
Gabriel is thought of as “the divine intercom” because he is the Angel who relayed The Qur’an to Muhammad from God . Gabriel first appeared to Muhammad when the Prophet was a child. In one account, the Angel appeared to Muhammad at night and removed his heart in order to cleanse its clot of sin so that Muhammad would be pure and able to receive God’s revelation – The Qur’an - later in life . When the Prophet was 40 and meditating at Mt. Hira, Gabriel returned to him in a blaze of light. There, Gabriel revealed to Muhammad the nature of the Prophet’s divine purpose, and began inspiring him with the revelations of the Qur’an. For the extent of Muhammad’s life Gabriel communicated God’s wishes and words while acting as a guide for Muhammad ; Gabriel performed this function for all of God's Prophets.