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Is Allah our sole protector or Allah and angels?

 

Quran 9:116

9:116

Sahih International

 

 

Indeed, to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He gives life and causes death. And you have not besides Allah any protector or any helper.

 

 

 

Quran 41:31

41:31



 

Sahih International

We [angels] were your allies in worldly life and [are so] in the Hereafter. And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request [or wish]

 

From this we can conclude Allah is our ultimate protector. Allah has created angels. Allah has appointed them to different tasks. Some are in charge of the weather, some write our deeds, some are sent to protect. But all the power that these get is ultimately from Allah himself. They can’t do anything without his will. So this basically explains what is meant by Allah’s angels protecting.

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There are those who take Quran 5:55 out of context as contradiction to Quran 9:116 without reading the the prior verse 5:54
Quran 5:54

5:54

Sahih International
O you who have believed, whoever of you should revert from his religion - Allah will bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah ; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.
Quran 5:55

5:55
 

 

Sahih International translation

Your ally is none but Allah and [therefore] His Messenger and those who have believed - those who establish prayer and give zakah, and they bow [in worship].

 

Pickthall translation of the above verse
Your guardian can be only Allah; and His messenger and those who believe, who establish worship and pay the poordue, and bow down (in prayer).

 Conclusion:-

The critics who say that there is a contradiction in the verse of the Quran 9:116 where Allah tells us that he alone is our protector while in the verses 5:55 Allah says he is the guardian along with the Messenger and the pious who worship Allah.  Allah uses the word “Wali” and in Arabic “Wali” has several meaning ranging from protector, guardian and friend. As Muslims we believe all the protection comes from Allah the Almighty through his angels, messengers and his pious followers. Again the critics who lack in understanding in the classic Arabic language make lies about contradictions in the Quran.

Quran is the revelation from the Almighty Allah therefore will not have contradiction.

 


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