Bearers of the Throne

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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 mentiones them in Quran 40:7 and Quran 69:17. 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.[1] The portrayal of these angels is comparable to the Seraphim in the Book of Revelation.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ Stephen Burge Angels in Islam: Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti's al-Haba'ik fi Akhbar al-malik Routledge 2015 ISBN 978-1-136-50473-0 p. 265
  2. ^ Bruno Becchio, Johannes P. Schadé Encyclopedia of World Religions Foreign Media Group 2016 ISBN 9781601360007 (Hierarchy of angels)
  3. ^ Syrinx von Hees Enzyklopädie als Spiegel des Weltbildes: Qazwīnīs Wunder der Schöpfung : eine Naturkunde des 13. Jahrhunderts Otto Harrassowitz Verlag 2002 ISBN 978-3-447-04511-7 page 283 (German)