Azrael is the Archangel of Death in many religions including Islam, Sikhism, Hebrew. He is the personification of Death and is regarded as being the last one who will die. The lifting up Veronica refers to in the sentence before the statement of the name may be a reference to the custom among Berber men of Morocco of shaving their heads but  of leaving a single lock of hair on both sides right and left to assist Azrael 'pull them up to Heaven on the last day.'