Showing posts with label Protector. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Protector. Show all posts

Sunday 11 October 2020

99 Attributes of Allah: Al-Mānīʿ- The Shielder, The Preventer

Man is prone to many worldly temptations and illusions. Had not been Allah, the Al-Mānīʿ "  ٱلْمَانِعُ  " - The Shielder, The Protector, The Preventer, the man would have never been able to escape the clutches of evil and doomed forever.

It is Allah, the Al-Mānīʿ, who protects man form physical and spiritual pollution and keeps him on the righteous path. In fact Allah aid the believers who try to be steadfast and are always making efforts not to digress from the path Allah has ordained for them. It is those people who will be successful, both here in this world and the hereafter. Those who disregard the Divine Commandments and follow the ways of evil will always be losers and condemned.

Although, the name Māni' is not specifically used as a Beautiful Name in the Qur'ān. But at many places this attribute of Allah has been used in different words:

اِنَّ اللّٰهَ يُدٰفِعُ عَنِ الَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡٓا​ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ خَوَّانٍ كَفُوۡرٍ
(22:38) Surely Allah defends those who believe.76 Certainly Allah has no love for the perfidious, the thankless.

اَمَّنۡ هٰذَا الَّذِىۡ يَرۡزُقُكُمۡ اِنۡ اَمۡسَكَ رِزۡقَهٗ​ ۚ بَلۡ لَّجُّوۡا فِىۡ عُتُوٍّ وَّنُفُوۡرٍ‏ 
(67:21) Who shall provide for you if He withholds His sustenance? Nay; but they persist in rebellion and aversion.

Allah Most Gracious is the Source of all our Sustenance, and if we persist in looking to Vanities for our Sustenance, we are pursuing a mirage, and, if we examine the matter, we are only following obstinate unpulses of rebellion and impiety.

Thus we should always be thankful to Allah for all His blessings upon us. If for a moment we think that all we have is due to our own efforts rather than being Allah's blessings, what if Allah take all these away from us:
“And have you seen the water that you drink? Is it you who brought it down from the clouds, or is it We who bring it down? If We willed, We could make it bitter, so why are you not grateful?” [56:68-70]
The word  ٱلْمَانِعُ  takes its from m-n-' which in classical Arabic means (1) to prevent, hinder, hold back, restrain, deny, (2) to impede, resist, (3) to forbid, refuse, prohibit, (4) to guard, defend, protect.

Other attributes of Allah closely related to Watching and Protecting:
  • Hafīz refers to the One who remembers and preserves to keep things from being lost or forgotten.
  • Wakīl refers to the One who is the trusted administrator of all matters.
  • Raqīb refers to the One who watches and observes.
  • Māni' refers to the One who protects and defends against harmful situations.
So be grateful to Allah, the Al-Mānī, the One who prevents undesirable actions. The One who impedes or hinders wrongful action. Thus helps His obedient servants from falling into the hands of evil. The One Who protects and shields us from harm that may inflict injuries to us, physically and spiritually, and prevents the evil from approaching us provided we are true servants of Allah.

You may refer to our post "99 Attributes of Allāh" for complete list of 99 attributes of Allah Almighty with meaning and explanation.

You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Quran

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