E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A class of angels, according to the Mahometan mythology. Two angels of this class attend every child of Adam from the cradle to the grave. At sunset they fly up with the record of the deeds done since sunrise. Every good deed is entered ten times by the recording angel on the credit or right side of his ledger, but when an evil deed is reported the angel waits seven hours, if haply in that time the evil-doer may repent. (The Koran.)