Following are excerpts from a lecture given by UAE cleric Fallah bin Ismail Al-Mandakar, which was posted on the Internet on August 3, 2012.
Fallah bin Ismail Al-Mandakar: People said they saw angels descending in Damascus, Syria. They actually saw them!
What did they look like? They had white faces, white bodies, white horses, white swords... Next thing they'd say that the horse' dung and urine were white as well...
What ever happened to people's tenets of faith and principles of belief? It's gone. It's all gone. This discord... We have lost our principles.
Brothers, according to our doctrine, when the angels descend upon this earth, you cannot see them.
Who are you to decide that angels were descending there? Of course the story, as they tell it, is that they descended in the form of... White, white, wrote... They think that everything white is an angel. It might be Satan...
I swear that if Allah had ordered the angels to descend in Damascus, there would be nothing left of Bashar today. When the angels descend, it's game over. When they descended in the Battle of Badr, that's it – it was all over.