Other Religions Angels and Miracles Archangel Malik: The Angel of Hell Share Flipboard Email Print Sai Sahithi Annamraju / EyeEm / Getty Images Angels and Miracles Religious Texts An Introduction To Angels All About Miracles Prayer and Meditation Famous Archangels By Whitney Hopler Religion Expert B.A., Comparative Religion, George Mason University Whitney Hopler has written on faith topics since 1994. She is communications director for the Center for Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. our editorial process Whitney Hopler Updated April 25, 2019 Malik means "king." Other spellings include Maalik, Malak, and Malek. Malik is known as the angel of hell to Muslims, who recognize Malik as an archangel. Malik is in charge of maintaining Jahannam (hell) and carrying out God's command to punish the people in hell. He supervises 19 other angels who also guard hell and punish its inhabitants. Symbols 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 the prophet Muhammad) says that Malik never laughs. Malik may also be shown surrounded by fire, which represents hell. Energy Color Black Role in Religious Texts In chapter 43 (Az-Zukhruf) verses 74 to 77, the Qur'an describes Malik telling the people in hell that they must remain there: "Surely, the disbelievers will be in the torment of hell to abide therein forever. [The torment] will not be lightened for them, and they will be plunged into destruction with deep regrets, sorrows and in despair therein. We wronged them not, but they were the wrongdoers. And they will cry: 'O Malik! Let your Lord make an end of us!' He will say: 'Surely, you shall abide forever.' Indeed we have brought the truth to you, but most of you have a hatred for the truth." A later verse from the Qur'an makes it clear that Malik and the other angels who punish people in hell aren't deciding to do so themselves; instead, they're carrying out God's commands: "O you who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire [Jahannam] whose fuel is men and stones, over which are [appointed] angels stern and severe, who flinch not [from executing] the commands they receive from God, but do [precisely] what they are commanded" (chapter 66 (At-Tahrim), verse 6). The Hadith describes Malik as a grotesque angel who runs around fires. Other Religious Roles Malik doesn't fulfill any other religious roles beyond his main duty guarding hell.