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Why angles are appointed on man when Allah is closer than jugular vain?

I received poetry saying,"O ALLAH WHEN YOU ARE CLOSER TO ME THAN MY JUGULAR VEIN, THAN WHY ANGELS ARE APPOINTED ON MY SHOULDERS! This like expression seems to me unwarranted in Belief- questioning the contrivance and plans of Allah. May please give scholarly opinion

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein. Quran [50:16]

Tafsir Ibn Kathir:(And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.) means, His angels are nearer to man than his jugular vein. Those who explained `We' in the Ayah to mean `Our knowledge,' have done so to avoid falling into the idea of incarnation or indwelling; but these two creeds are false according to the consensus of Muslims. Allah is praised and glorified, He is far hallowed beyond what they ascribe to Him. The words of this Ayah do not need this explanation (that `We' refers to `Allah's knowledge'), for Allah did not say, `and I am closer to him than his jugular vein.' Rather, He said,(And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. ) just as He said in the case of dying persons,

But We are nearer to him than you, but you see not. Quran[56:85]

In reference to His angels (who take the souls). Allah the Exalted the Blessed said,

(Verily, We, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr and surely, We will guard it. Quran [15:9]

Therefore, the angels brought down the revelation, the Qur'an, by the leave of Allah, the Exalted, the Most Honored. Thus, the angels are closer to man than his own jugular vein, by the power and leave of Allah.

The mentioned poetry shows the ignorance of the writer, as one who has believed in Allah would never question the plan of Allah for Allah is far superior to what we think, he has appointed angels on the man only for a reason but our power of understanding is so weak that we start questioning his hikmah. A believer should take, accept, follow, and obey every single Command which comes forth from Allah and His Messenger (pbuh)..that would be the Straight Path (Siraat ul-Mustaqeem). And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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