Angel(s) (malak, malāʾika)

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Malak, the Qurʾānic word for “angel” (used both for the individual and the collective), plural malāʾik(a), is a hamza-suppressed derivation of malʾak, itself a hamza-lām substitute form of maʾlak, the mafʿal form of the root verb ā-l-k, literally “to chew” (aorist yalūku, infinitive nouns alk and ulūk), the nouns alūk(a) and maʾlūk(a) signifying “message,” which…

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