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Maalik

In Islamic belief, Maalik (Arabic: مالك‎‎ / mālik) denotes an angel in Hell/Purgatory (Arabic: جهنم‎‎ / jahannam) who administrates the Hellfire, assisted by 19 mysterious guards known as الزبانية / az-zabānīya. In the Qur'an, Maalik is mentioned in Sura 43:77, telling the wicked who appeal to him that they must remain in Hell because "they abhorred the truth when the truth was brought to them."

According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad was taken to see Heaven and Hell, and there, he saw Maalik, and was shown a glimpse of the suffering of the people of Hell. The Qur'an itself does neither explain nor specifically describe the origin, purpose or character of Maalik.

In art, Malik is often depicted with a stern expression on his face, since the Hadith (a collection of Muslim commentaries on the teachings of Muhammad) says that Malik never laughs. Malik may also be shown surrounded by fire, which represents hell.

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