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* Are angels protectors? "NO protector besides Allah" [2:107, 29:22]. But in Sura 41:31 the angels themselves say: "We are your protectors in this life and the Hereafter." And also in other suras is their role described as guarding [13:11, 50:17-18] and protecting [82:10].
(Note: This is the second of two places where he attempts to drive a wedge between the will of God and the will of his agents, the angels. In these two places he does not allow the angels to simply be the tools of God's will, rather, they are forced to be independent of God in their actions so that he can generate a "contradiction." However, at the end of this list he switches tracks making a complete 180 degree about face. In that one he needs to accept this basic fact in order to attempt to generate a third "contradiction.")
As seen in the above question of "who is responsible for
death," God is ultimately responsible for all decrees, however, He sometimes performs
His decrees directly through a direct command, such as to create something simply by
commanding it to "BE!." At other times He uses his creation as tools to carry
out His decrees, such as using the angels to guard those whom He chooses. This can be seen
for example in Al-Anaam(6):61 where we are told that God protects mankind by sending
"hafadhah," (or "protecting angels"). They can not undertake any
action except through His will and command. This is similar to saying that the head of the
secret service has sent five "agents" to protect the president. The head of the
secret service might say "I am responsible for protecting the president." The
agent's too will say "we are responsible for protecting the president." Yes, the
agents are responsible for protecting the president, however, this is only true because
the head of the secret service assigned this job to them. If he wished he could find a
different way to protect the president, such as with an armored car, or even assign
different agents to him. As seen in the reply to the author's first attempt in this regard, the Qur'an says the
following regarding the will and actions of the angels: "And we (angels) descend
not except by the command of your Lord. To Him belongs what is before us and what is
behind us and [all] that is in-between that. And your Lord is never forgetful." Mariam(19):64.
For more on this issue please read my comments on his first attempt in this regard.
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