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Bearers of the Throne
Group of angels in Islam
The four supporters (angels) of the celestial throne
Bearers of the Throne or ḥamlat al-arsh are a group of angels in Islam. The Quran mentions them in Quran40:7 and Quran69:17. In Islamic traditions, they are often portrayed in zoomorphic forms. They are described as resembling different creatures: An eagle, a bull, a lion and a human. They would intercede with the creature that corresponds to their form. Other hadiths describes them with six wings and four faces. The portrayal of these angels is comparable to the Seraphim in the Book of Revelation. These four angels are also held to be created from different elements: One from light, one from fire, one from water and one from mercy.
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