The 4 major angels: Azrael, the angel of death

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Azrael is the 4th archangel, a canonical figure only in Islam and who here performs the function of Angel of Death

The angel of Death

“He is the one who quietens movements and separates souls from bodies. […] Al A’mash reports that Khaythama said:” The Angel of Death went to Solomon and stared at one of his companions. When the angel was gone, the man asked, “Prophet of God, who was that?” Solomon replied: “It was the Angel of Death!”. The man said, “I saw that he was looking at me as if he wanted me. I would like you to free myself from him, ordering the wind to carry me to the farthest reaches of India.” Then Solomon gave the order and he did it.

When the Angel of Death returned to Solomon, he said to him, “I saw you were watching one of my companions.” The angel retorted: “I was amazed by that man, because I gave the order to grab his soul in the most remote regions of India, a little while ago, while instead I saw him with you!”.

“The wonders of creation and the oddities of beings” by Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al Qazwini

Azrael is the only archangel considered canonical by Islam but not by other monotheistic confessions (even if the origins of this angel seem to be Jewish); however in the Quran he is never called by name but as “Angel of Death”. His function is that of psychopomp, that is to transport the souls of the living to the world of the dead.

The appearance of Azrael

“His color is white which tends to brown. His robe is pink with red stripes. Over this robe he wears a dark green cloak and a red band on the hips. His turban is yellow, his trousers they are blue and has two wings of red, yellow, blue and white. ”

“The wonders of creation and the oddities of beings” by Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al Qazwini
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Other physical characteristics are then the incredible size and a 5-pointed spear that replaces the classic scythe of the Grim Reaper.

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