and Nakir, according to Mahometan mythology, are two
angels who interrogate the dead immediately they are buried. The first
two questions they ask are, “Who is your Lord?” and “Who is your
prophet?” Their voices are like thunder, their aspects hideous, and
those not approved of they lash into perdition with whips half-iron
and half-flame. (See Munkar.)
“Do you not see those spectres that are stirring the burning coals?
They are Monkir and Nakir.” —Beckford; Vathek.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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