prominent in Islamic
lore, though not named in the Koran
. The name Israfil
means "the burning one." Israfil serves as the angel of resurrection
who blows the trumpet
on Judgment Day
- to bring of his own demise, for he and other angels supposedly will be destroyed in the universal conflagration that will be unleashed.
According to lore
served as a companion to the prophet Muhammad
for three years before being succeeded by Gabriel
A well-known Islamic story says that Allah
to the four corners of the earth, to get seven handfuls of dust
for the creation of Adam
. However only Azrael
, the Angel of Death
, was able to accomplish this.
source for additional reading/information:
Davidson, Gustav. A Dictionary of Angels. New York: The Free Press, 1967.