The first inhabitants of the heavens to take Ali ibn Abi Talib as a brother were Israfeel, then Mikaeel, then Jibrael. The first ones to love him were the carriers of the Arsh, then Rizwan, the keeper of Paradise, and then Malik al-Mowt. Malik al-Mowt is as merciful to those who love Ali ibn Abi Talib as he is to the prophets.
—  The Messenger of Allah (ص) Fada’il Amirul Mo’minin h. 64