None but Allaah can relieve distress and ward off evil

Question: Is there anyone other than Allaah (Exalted be He) who has the ability to relieve hardship, distress or can ward off affliction? This question implies further ten questions, as many people belonging to various Math-hab (School of jurisprudence) ask the same question.

This question is crucial but no answer is provided for it and it may lead someone to think about the different means that enable anyone other than Allaah (Exalted be He) to remove hardship. This question has different forms and we hope that our scholars can provide us with a clear answer. For example, is it wrong if a person has some difficulty and asks someone other than Allaah (Exalted be He) to remove it?

1- If there is any being other than Allaah (Exalted be He) who can remove hardship, can it hear and respond to the supplicant during the supplicant’s life or after their death, at a far distance that separates between them and which is only known by Allaah?

2- If we assume that this being can hear from such a far distance, another question arises: Can it understand the languages of all people who are invoking it, such as English, German or any other language?

3- If the answer is in the affirmative, this means that such being understands the languages of all people on earth, which leads to another question: If millions of people speaking various languages and having various needs put forward their demands and requirements, can it hear them and respond to them at the same time, or does it need to appoint a specific time for every request successively?

4- Is this being that people invoke overtaken by slumber or sleep? If yes, people must be provided with a schedule of its rest hours unless it has the ability to hear while asleep?

5- If there is someone who can not talk and express his needs and so supplicates with his heart, does that being respond to this heart-based supplication?

6- People face minor and major problems from the time of their birth to their death, and if Allaah is the One Who resolves these problems, then there is no need to resort to anyone other than Him. However, if anyone other than Him can solve these problems, then there would be no use in resorting to Allaah (Exalted be He).

7- If the other being is not able to solve all kinds of problems, then it will be said that some problems can be solved by the Lord of the Worlds and others can be solved by other than Him. Thus, the people who have needs must have a list of what is for Allaah and what is for other than Him so as to avoid submitting to Allaah a problem that is not for Allaah and vice versa.

8- Can the one who has the ability to remove adversity from people bring it to them? Or can that being only remove it without bringing it? If the latter is true, then who is the one with the ability to bring about harm?

9- In brief, if we assume that Allaah is the One Who brings about harm and there is another who removes it, what happens in case Allaah wishes to bring about harm and the other wants to ward it off and each one of them insists on his position?

10- If someone wishes to ask for forgiveness for a good or a wrong-doer, then who is to be invoked?

Answer: Allaah (Exalted be He) is the Only One that neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him, and He Alone is the One Who hears the invocations of those who supplicate wherever they are and whatever language they speak… read more here.

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